Mentor Spotlight: Donovan Forrest

May 3, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Majors: Secondary Education & History 

 

Year: Graduating Senior 

 

Pronouns: He/Him/His 

 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 

 

What is your favorite quote? 

 

 

"These are all our children. We will profit by, or pay for, whatever they become." -James Baldwin

 

 

What extra-curricular activities are you part of on campus? How have they contributed to shaping your world-view and your identity? 

 

In my second month of college, I became active in my campus' chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). I served on two boards at Millersville University and Temple University for a total of four years. My experience as an activist, organizer, and campus advocate showed me that I have a passion for public service as well as the promotion of education in communities of color. With this, I was better able to understand my place as a black man, college student, and activist in order to make my community safer and more just. 

 

 

How long have you been a mentor at DonCARES of Philadelphia?

 

I became a one-on-one mentor in January 2019. Prior to that, I served as an Academic Tutor during the 2016-2017 school year. 

 

 

Why did you choose to get involved with DonCARES?

 

I chose to become a mentor because I wanted to support a student who was interesting in receiving services from this organization. At the time, we didn't have any male mentors available so I decided to answer the call.