HAPPY SUMMER and welcome to the very first edition of our online newsletter (LAP) The Learning Academy Post
Upcoming Events
On Saturday, July 13th from 12 PM -3PM we are teaming up with S.M.O.O.T.H Temple Chapter and our caring Philadelphia community for our first hydration walk of the Summer!! We are passing out cool bottles of water to Philly's less fortunate. Meet us at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall at 11:45 to participate.

#HydratePhilly #volunteer #homelessoutreach

Service Spotlight
Congrats, to our dedicated mentor Cameron-Battle Bradshaw for earning our June 2019 Mentor of the Month. Since January, Cameron has been the most dedicated mentor to her 10th grade mentee Cierra at The U School in Norris Square, Philadelphia. We are grateful for your service.
On June 2, 2019 DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest promoted volunteer mentor Cameron Battle-Bradshaw to Director of Recruitment. Bradshaw has been a member of DonCARES since January 2019 and has served as a mentor to an 11th grade student at the U School. 
Since being matched with her mentee, Bradshaw has been caring and consistent while working, attending school, and serving as a member of The National Council of Negro, Temple Section, and The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Incorporated. 
In his initial dispatches to Bradshaw, Forrest described her as a mentor with indomitable work ethic and a blessing to have on DonCARES. Bradshaw will begin her duties this summer working directly with her fellow board members and president. The organization is set to begin their calendar year for the 2019-2020 school year in late September 2019. 
 On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. welcomed Brianna Morales as the newest director to join their Governance Board. Morales, a consistent supporter of DonCARES initiatives and a longtime partner of the organization was invited to join DonCARES after a recent position was created. 

"Brianna is one of the highest qualified professionals for the job. We've worked with her for the past two years with GEAR UP and Youth Action, Inc. and we are grateful to have her working with us at DonCARES." DonCARES Executive Director Forrest says. 
Each month, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. grants $100 Whole Foods Market Gift Cards to families in need at The U School. 
Since February 2019, we have granted six Whole Foods gift cards totaling $525.00 to families at The U School, and vulnerable community members in North Philadelphia.
Congrats, to the Class of 2019!!
We Are Proud!!
On June 3, 2019, at approximately 4:30 PM, seven mentees in the DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Mentoring Program graduated from The U School. The second annual U School graduation was held at Lasalle University in the Union Ballroom. 
Former 12th graders, Ramon Velez, Kristopher Summers, Breyonna Scott, Lavaughn Miranda, Soloman Gay, John Georges, & Anthony George walked across the stage donning black gowns and graduation caps.
 In attendance to support the graduating mentees were DonCARES Mentors Shayla Chambers, Giovanni Brown, Elijah Zimmerman, and Donovan Forrest.