DonCARES of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization founded by Temple University education major Donovan Forrest. The organization aims to bridge the gap between youth in the North Philadelphia community and Temple University. The organization started as a vision in September 2015, and since has grown into a dedicated team of ten college students who tutor and mentor youth at the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center and the U School in North Philadelphia. The organization’s mission is to provide youth with positive role models who counter traditional stereotypes. DonCARES of Philadelphia’s vision for Philadelphia is for students citywide to each have a college student mentor and to grant scholarships to inner-city youth prior to their matriculation to college. The organization is currently filing for 501c3 tax-exempt status.
Starting in January, 2017 DonCARES of Philadelphia will partner with the School District of Philadelphia and the U School at 7th and Norris Streets and tutor students at the relatively new project based learning high school led by principal Neil Geyette.