As of Friday, December 21, 2018, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. is excited to announce their newest partnership with Next Steps Americorps. Next Steps Americorps serves as a mentoring program for incoming first-year college students. Americorps mentors are rising college sophomores or juniors from a high poverty school district.
The Next Steps Americorps Program engages college student participants through community service, mentoring, and leadership development with an educational non-profit of IRS code 501 (c)(3) from August 2018 to August 2019. This school-year, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. will serve as a service site for corps members. In addition, participating campuses include Temple University, Cabrini University, Millersville University, and Kutztown University.
DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. will work with participating members to complete 300 service hours by August. Hours spent serving, in training, and leadership development can all count towards service hours. In addition to the hours completed, members will receive an education award of $1252.91.
DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Executive Director Donovan Forrest is excited about this new partnership. "This gives students something to look forward to at the end of their service year. I believe that no matter the method in which you serve, the favor always returns. Sometimes it's a thank you, other times it's an unexpected breakthrough. This time it's through a financial stipend. We couldn't be more grateful" Forrest says. Since DonCARES' founding in 2015, the three-year-old non-profit is approaching the second half of their program calendar in January. Since August, the college student-run non-profit has matched 14 students with mentors at The U School, held a women's panel, had a group mentoring session with young men, trained students to register their peers to vote, raised funds for voter ID cards, and helped over 30 students create resumes. The organization plans to host more group mentoring discussions and even hold a school-wide essay contest during Black History Month. In addition, the organization plans to continue to help students develop their resumes at Fels, Kensington, and The U School.