October 2018 Newsletter

On Tuesday, October 9th we held our Student-to-Leader Luncheon! Abner Molina, a Firewall graduate, shared his story and talked about some of the difficulties he overcame, like growing up in a rough neighborhood in which a lot of his peers ended up in jail, experimented with drugs, or worse, were shot. But Abner’s story turned out different![…]

September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome our newest Firewall Center…Walker Elementary! The neighborhood surrounding Walker Elementary has a higher rate of childhood poverty than almost 97% of all U.S. neighborhoods. We are in this school to make a difference and we are excited to partner with Principal Bullock and his great team of teachers at Walker Elementary! In preparation to[…]

Walker Elementary Opens- An Interview with Firewall’s Curriculum Specialist

Meet Caitlin, Firewall’s Curriculum Specialist! She recently completed her Master’s in Elementary Education at Nova Southeastern University. There she learned different teaching styles and approaches that prepared her for her role at Firewall Centers. Caitlin created the lessons for Walker Elementary and also oversees their implementation. So grab a seat and join the conversation about[…]

August 2018 Newsletter

Our AmeriCorps Firewall Mentors and Lead Mentors attended our training to prepare for the school year! “I joined Firewall…because I wanted to be a mentor to kids and teach them things I never got taught,” said Stacy, Firewall Lead Mentor. The majority of the students we serve are below grade level in Language Arts and[…]

Firewall Centers receives $2,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation

Davie, Fla. (Aug. 2nd, 2018) – The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank America’s Most Convenient Bank™, provided Firewall Centers with a generous $2,500 grant to help provide 500 at-risk youth with daily tutoring and mentoring services across 9 Broward County Public Schools. Firewall Centers’ T.H.I.N.K. Leadership Program is a school-based program[…]

July 2018 Newsletter

We hope you’re having an amazing summer so far! We want to share an incredible story with you about Zack who started attending Firewall in 7th grade. During High School, he began to struggle in his classes and received D’s and F’s. His Firewall mentor, Taylor, was there to tutor him and keep him focused[…]

June 2018 Newsletter

We had an incredible 2017-2018 school year! To finish the year, we had our Servant Leader Celebration, where we honored our Seniors, 8th graders, and heard from Broward County School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood. She inspired our students to keep going, despite any obstacles they may face. Dr. Osgood shared how she overcame her[…]

May 2018 Newsletter

Our Fifth Annual Serve-A-Thon was a great success! Our students participated in seven service projects across Broward County, including feeding the homeless, packaging food for hungry families, restoring Snyder Park, and visiting nursing homes. Our Western High School students visited the Alexander Nininger State Veterans Home and enjoyed every minute of their experience! One great[…]

April 2018 Newsletter

Meet Nakita, a 9th grader who started at Firewall in 6th grade. This past year has been very difficult for Nakita as one of her close friends died in a tragic car accident. She has also faced numerous health issues that have caused her to miss a lot of school. As a result, Nakita’s grades began[…]

March 2018 Newsletter

Our High School students are career ready! Retired businessman, Bob Jablonski, and Firewall’s Executive Director, Andy Fernandez, visited our 3 High School Centers and did a 2 week series where they shared tips on how to search for and secure a job. This series ended with students participating in mock interviews in front of their[…]