The cornerstone of DonCARES of Philadelphia's vision is for students of color city-wide to each have a college student of color as a mentor. At DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. our mentors believe strongly in utilizing education as an essential component in motivating and inspiring inner-city youth in North Philadelphia. As mentors we believe in using one-on-one mentoring as a method to effectively engage the youth and provide them with services and opportunities that will magnify their learning experience. By working one-on-one with students, mentors will be able to identify social weaknesses and strengths that classroom teachers are apt to overlook in crowded classrooms. Through visits to museums, universities, and quality time with mentors, students will be presented with opportunities not otherwise obtainable.
On Friday, February 8, 2019 Madison and her mentee India spent a few hours at The 2019 Philly Auto Show at the convention center. India is a motivated Sophomore at The U School and her mentor Madison is an high performing third-year student at Temple. The two scholars have been matched since October 2018 and spend a majority of their time talking, working on homework assignments, and planning their future outings together. During their first few meetings, Madison helped India create her resume that India will soon use to apply for jobs.
In addition, India's mother Chana Moment serves as the President of the Home and School Association. The association helps bridge the gap between working parents and their students. In addition, the organization helps facilitate the school-store where high school students can learn sales, book-keeping, and customer service. During her time at the school Madison also assists India, Ms. Moment, and other students at the store.
The grant that DonCARES received from the Health Partners Foundation helped mentors and mentees enjoy outings together. On Thursday, February 14th, Corey and his mentee Albert enjoyed dinner at The Cheesecake Factory of Philadelphia- the exact restaurant where DonCARES Founder Donovan Forrest was working as a busser when he founded the organization back in September 2015.
Albert has been a member of DonCARES since he was in 10th grade. Through shared outings and weekly tutoring sessions, these two scholars have formed a lasting friendship. Albert's mentor Corey is a junior engineering major at Temple University.
DonCARES Founder Donovan Forrest says that the organization is a testimony of what can happen when college students of color recognize the need for mentors in their community. "Not only do we encourage scholastic achievement and education but we also hope for our mentors and their mentees to form lasting relationships." Forrest says.
DonCARES is one of few school-based non-profits of exclusively college students of color. Since 2015, our founder's vision for an organization that encourages representation & scholastic achievement has expanded our reach to over 500 students in 10 schools in the City of Philadelphia.