August 2015 Newsletter

With August winding down, we hope that you and your family have enjoyed a wonderful summer together. We are eagerly awaiting the start of the new school year and cannot wait to start working with our wonderful Firewall students again!

Our mentors are trained and ready for action!

Mentor Team

Our training for our mentors took place on August 17-18. We are overjoyed to welcome back nine mentors from last year, and we loved meeting all of the new members joining the Firewall family. The mentors learned about the history ofFirewall and the ins and outs of day-to-day mentor tasks. They also learned which centers they are assigned to and participated in team-building activities to get to know each other. We can’t wait to see the many ways they will impact their students’ lives this school year! Check out our Facebook album here to see more pictures from training.

Mentor Group


We have a new $10,000 grant from PNC Bank!


This past month, Firewall received a generous grant of $10,000 from PNC Bank. This grant is a continuation of the incredible support we have received from PNC in the last year, and we are excited to continue our relationship during the new school year.

Support like PNC’s is vital for us to keep our centers running and allows us to continue changing the lives of at-risk students in our community.

This grant allows us to provide Firewall students with resources they need to succeed throughout the school year. From basic school supplies like notebooks and pens to the computer access that we provide, we do our best to prepare our students for anything that school throws their way.

Our Lauderhill 6-12 STEM MED center is open!


We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new center at Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Magnet School. The Lauderhill center will be our eighth center to open, and we are eagerly looking forward to working with a new group of students and serving the Lauderhill community. The center will start of with a group of 40-45 middle school students. We will continue working with the students as they progress into high school over the next few years, which will transition Lauderhill into a center that serves both middle and high school students.  We can’t wait to see the transformations that will take place.