December 2017 Newsletter – Firewall helps student receive $5000 in scholarships!

It’s almost 2018, and our high school seniors are busy preparing for the next steps in their lives. One of these seniors is Kyan from our Blanche Ely High School Center. Kyan has been in Firewall since 8th grade, and his hard work during his years at Blanche Ely led to his induction into the National Honor Society last year!

This year, Kyan’s Firewall mentors are ensuring that he is prepared for college. They especially encouraged him to take advantage of college scholarships and helped him through the entire process of researching, writing, and submitting them. Thanks to their assistance and the letters of recommendations that they wrote, Kyan was already awarded a variety of scholarships that total $5,000!

His mom expressed how thankful she is for Firewall helping Kyan through middle and high school. We are confident that he is going to be successful, and we feel blessed to have walked this journey with him.

We want to continue to impact students just like Kyan in the 2018-2019 school year. This Christmas, you can help us achieve just that! Thanks to an anonymous donor, every dollar you give until December 31st will be matched up to $40,000. You can give online at

We are thankful for our amazing volunteers!

One of our greatest needs at our North Side Elementary Center is simply to practice reading with our students and provide them with one-on-one tutoring. We are now able to provide this help thanks to our incredible volunteers who come consistently every week. When the volunteers walk into the classroom, the students’ faces light up, as they look forward to the attention and the chance to learn.

Our kids thrive off of consistent caring relationships in their lives, so not only are we thankful for our mentors who continue to pour into them, but for the volunteers who show them the love and care they need. Without fail, the students always ask to see if the volunteers will be back the next day. At Firewall, we want to say a big thank you to our great team!

We wish you, your friends, and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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