About us


Firewall Centers provides daily, school-based tutoring and mentoring services designed to help students achieve academic success, build character, and transform into servant leaders.

Firewall Mentor with students

Academic Support &

Character Development

History of Firewall Centers

Firewall Centers was founded as a 501(c) (3) organization in July 2003 with the vision of transforming students into servant leaders. The tragic death of a 13 year old girl who overdosed on drugs while left unsupervised during after-school hours is what spurred the creation of Firewall Centers. Founders Andy and Janeth Fernandez began meeting weekly in the very mobile home park where the young girl lived and died, providing wholesome activities and positive object lessons for its youth.

However, these meetings lacked the life-changing impact needed to transform the community. Students were still being left unsupervised after school, placing them at risk for engaging in juvenile crime and experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and sex. Recognizing the need for intervention, it was decided that a daily positive presence was needed and an after-school mentoring and tutoring center was established.

Firewall Centers has been actively developing leaders and changing the destinies of young people across South Florida. Since 2010, the organization has expanded from one Center reaching 40 students to now nine Centers serving more than 500 students every day. And we’re just getting started!

And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’  -Zechariah 2:5

Firewall's THINK Principles
Firewall's Values

Our three areas of focus:

Student-to-staff ratio of 10:1

Firewall provides students with the individual attention they need to succeed. Our Center staff are college students that tutor, mentor, and connect to students in ways that others cannot.

A strong support system

Firewall partners with parents, teachers, and school counselors to provide students with a strong support system. Being directly in public schools eases communication and enhances accountability.

Long-term commitment

Firewall is not just a program – it’s a family. We commit to students not just for a month or a year, but from 6th grade through high school graduation.

Firewall Mentor with students
Firewall Student
Firewall Mentor and Student