January Newsletter
Mentor Spotlight:
Nina-Belle Mbayu.
January's Mentor Spotlight highlights Nina Belle Mbayu. Nina is an attorney at the   United States African Development Foundation  ( USADF ) , an independent government agency that provides grants for projects that benefit underserved communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As a first generation Cameroon-American, who was born in Tokyo, Japan, Nina found being mentored as a 7-year-old in the United States to be an integral part of her growth and understanding of the American experience.

"Having a reading mentor gave me someone to talk to, read with, build my confidence and help me feel more comfortable with getting to know people in a new country."

Nina's mentorship experience as a child lead her to inquire about volunteering opportunities in her professional career. A USADF colleague - who also reads with EWDC - referred Nina to the program and she's been reading ever since.

Her student, Brendolyn, a 2nd grader is new to the program as well, but you wouldn't think that upon meeting her. The two are a perfect match! "Brendolyn is self aware, self assured and intelligent-- she is capable of anything!"
Brendolyn is very creative, aside from reading during Power Lunch, the two create story games and are even working on a kids book with a fairy protagonist. "You want the reading experience to be very engaging, and fun!"

The benefits of the program are mutually beneficial. "For me, as an attorney, I am building on my communications skills when I read with Brendolyn; I am challenged to cut down the lawyer-speak to communicate in ways that are more relatable to her."

"The Power Lunch program is a great way for adults to help students reach their full potential."
Leadership Circle
Are you a mentor, who's passionate about children's literacy and development? Have great ideas to improve our programs? Or just want to be a more active part of our organization? Join Leadership Circle .

Leadership Circle’s mission is to foster a network of professional leaders committed to making a significant impact on their communities by increasing awareness of the Everybody Wins DC’s brand, and fundraising to support the goals of EWDC and the students it serves. 

Email: Holland Diz.
Stay Connected
If you’ve kept in touch with your student after he or she left the Power Lunch program, let us know!

We would love to connect with our student alumni and share their stories.

Contact Rachael Walker  with details.
Events
24th Annual Everybody Wins DC Gala
Everybody Wins DC’s 24th Annual Gala is our largest fundraising event of the year. Join  Everybody Wins DC  as we celebrate 24 years of shared reading  with a magical evening of auctions, awards, dinner, and live entertainment to support our work across elementary schools in the DC metropolitan area.

We hope you can join us in April, along with hundreds of others, in what is sure to be a special celebration. We also hope we can count on you to participate as a Gala sponsor or donor . Your support extends far beyond the evening of the celebration, helping Everybody Wins DC persist in its mission to improve lives through shared reading.

Save the Date:

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: National Museum for Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Mentor Recruitment Challenge
January is National Mentoring Month. EWDC is hosting its first ever Mentor Recruitment Challenge. The goal? Recruit 100 individuals to sign up as Reading Mentors by January 31. Every Monday, the leaderboard will be updated to reflect the top 10 mentors with the most points. The top 3 mentors will win a prize.

EWDC staff will be working hard, hosting information sessions, meeting potential partner organizations, and more. But we need your help! Visit our website to learn how you can participate in the challenge.
Each year in January during National Mentoring Month,  United Way of the National Capital Area  and  Deloitte U.S.  celebrate the contributions of mentors and mentoring programs to the growth and development of the Washington, DC metropolitan region’s youth with its annual "Creating Mentoring Moments" mentor appreciation & recruitment event. This year, EWDC's own Michaela Yarnell has been nominated for "Mentor of the Year."

EWDC staff and mentors will be there. Registration is required as space is limited: 

Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20068
More Ways to Give!

In addition to monetary donations, there are a number of ways you can support our mission:

  • Coordinate a book drive at work: In December, Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation hosted a holiday book drive on behalf of EWDC to provide books for Power Lunch students at 11 of our partner schools to read during Power Lunch sessions and add to their personal libraries. In less than a month, Monumental was able to raise 300 BOOKS for EWDC. Visit our Amazon Wish List to view a list of titles. Hosting your own book drive is easy! For more information on coordinating your own book drive visit our website here. 

  • Sign up to be a mentor: Student applications for Power Lunch have exceeded our expectations and we need more mentors to help. Become a Reading Mentor today and improve a student's life through shared reading! Apply here.

  • Connect with "EverybodyWinsDC" on social media: Keep in touch with our daily updates by clicking the social media icons below. Don't be afraid to mention us either, we would love to hear how your Power Lunch reading session is going.

  • Host Reading Celebrations: Follow the example of our Power Lunch partner, EAB, who made the Winter Wonders Book Distribution even more special with guest readers and pizza.

  • Make "Everybody Wins DC" your charity of choice on Amazon Smile: Did you know Amazon Smile gives a percentage of your Amazon purchases to a nonprofit of your choice at no cost to you? It's simple to select "Everybody Wins DC" as the recipient:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com/
  2. Select "Everybody Wins DC" as your charity of choice
  3. Shop and Amazon will automatically donate a portion of the proceeds to us!
Stay Connected!