HAPPY SPRING and welcome to our May 2020 edition of our online newsletter (LAP) The Learning Academy Post
Congrats, to our college student graduates!! We are proud of you!
Join Our Team: Become A Mentor!!

We are recruiting undergraduate college students of color from Temple University to serve as mentors to high school students for the entirety of the 2020-2021 School Year. If interested,  click this link  to view our criteria and apply. 
Mentee of the Month: Sequoi Felix
Sequoi Felix is recognized as our April 2020 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentee of the Month. Sequoi was selected because of his commitment to obtaining his formal education, his perseverance in overcoming life's challenges and good citizenship in our community.

Sequoi is currently a Sophomore at The U School and has been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. since January 2019. 

Sequoi, a 10th Grader at The U School is a talented musician, a good friend, and a great person to be around. DonCARES Assistant Director Cameron, and DonCARES Executive Director and Sequoi's mentor Donovan are proud of Sequoi and his recent accomplishments. Congratulations, and enjoy the certificate and WaWa Gift Card!
Mentor of the Month: Carly Newton
Carly Newton is recognized as the April 2020 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentor of the Month. Carly was selected because she has shown outstanding commitment to our core values and has built an admirable relationship with her mentee Domonae. 
Carly is a rising senior at Temple University majoring in Communication Studies with a Minor in Public Relations. DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met Carly during the 2018-2019 school year at a program for The National Council of Negro Women, Temple Section. 

Carly chose to become a mentor for DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. because she thinks mentoring is essential and because she saw the genuine work DonCARES does for the community. Carly says: "Mentoring has had lasting impacts on me so I wanted to take my resources and knowledge and pour that back into young boys and girls." 
Mentor Spotlight: Aaron Williams
Name:  Aaron Williams 
Major:  Sociology Major, Africology Minor
Year:  Junior
Pronouns:  He/Him/His
Hometown:  Allentown, PA
What is your favorite quote? 
 “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss
What extra-curricular activities are you part of on campus? How have they contributed to shaping your world-view and your identity? 
I’m currently the secretary of Temple’s Pre Law Society and I work at Information Desk at the Student Center. It’s contributed to my world-view and identity because it has really reinforced the importance of being patient with people and the need for empathy when building connections and relationships in life. 
  How long have you been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc ?
I’ve been a member since August 2019. 
Why did you choose to get involved with DonCARES?
I really wanted to go and make direct change in North Philadelphia instead of staying confined to Temple’s campus and just talking about the idea of change instead of acting on it. 
What advice do you have for prospective mentors? 
 Being a mentor looks different on everyone. All you need is an open mind and big heart and everything else will fall into place!
  What do you like most about DonCARES? 
I like the mix of professionalism and informal approach to mentors and mentees that Don has created to keep everyone interested.
  What is your proudest moment at DonCARES?  
My proudest moment(s) are whenever I hear that my mentee has been accepted into a university or college!
What has being in a mentoring relationship taught you about yourself? 
It’s taught me how to maintain healthy relationships with people despite being so indulged in our personal lives.
  What is your favorite part about serving as a mentor? 
 Not only teaching my mentee things but him teaching me stuff and giving me new perspectives.
History Corner: The King Center
Originally called the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia houses the final resting place of Martin and Coretta Scott King. Its programming focuses on educating the public about King’s philosophies of nonviolence and service to society, building international partners to further the “Beloved Community,” and overseeing various programs that use King’s name.   

Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center established several methods to preserve King’s legacy for both historical and educational purposes.

The King Center offers a library and archive that stores over 14,000 pieces of King’s correspondence, extensive audiovisual documentation, oral histories, and records of many civil rights organizations. Archival Collections at the King Library include the records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and more!