August 2013 Newsletter

Join us in welcoming our new Firewall family!

This past month, we have been working diligently to prepare for the opening of our Six Centers last Monday!

Doors have miraculously opened for us at Firewall and we have been able to double our impact on students in schools and communities across Broward County. But with this expansion came the challenge of finding and hiring the right team members. After going through almost a hundred applications, answering phone calls and emails, and weeks of interviewing, we are excited to announce that we have a total of 31 staff! We have:

21 new staff including 2 Firewall students who have been promoted
10 returning staff
Firewall Staff at Training

These highly educated staff members come from diverse cultural backgrounds, and English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Korean, and Creole are among some of the languages they fluently speak.

On August 13th and 14th, all staff gathered for two days of intensive training that included a dynamic use of video, interactive discussion, and team building activities that equipped staff with new skills and united them so that they can better serve our students. At training, staff got a firsthand feel for Firewall’s core values, its mission to meet student needs and improve their attendance, behavior, and grades, and its vision for the future to transform these students into servant leaders.

We look forward to a successful new school year as our team works together to impact student lives!