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February 2015 Newsletter

 Firewall wins Children’s Services Council Collective Impact for Youth Award at Academy Awards!

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On Friday, February 13th, our founder, Andy Fernandez, and his wife Janeth, attended the Fifth Annual Broward 2-1-1 Academy Awards for non-profits. Firewall Centers is honored to be chosen to receive this award and would like to give a special thanks to the Children’s Services Council and Community Foundation of Broward for their support and collaboration as we impact students’ lives every day!

 


FIREWALL EXISTS TO TRANSFORM STUDENTS INTO SERVANT LEADERS

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   Meet Elizabeth (front right), a sixth grader and one of Pompano Middle’s Servant Leaders. When she first started Firewall, her mentor, Jemimah, thought she was shy.
“She proved me wrong; her witty personality and her ability to help others around her was something she excelled at,” said Jemimah.
   Elizabeth helps the Pompano Middle Firewall Center staff get supplies ready and clean up at the end of the day.
“Jemimah helps me with my homework every day…and every day she has to clean everything, so I help her. When I give back, it makes me happy to know I can always be there when they need my help,” said Elizabeth.

DAILY TEST PREPARATION BEGAN THIS JANUARY AT OUR 5 MIDDLE SCHOOL CENTERS

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After the bell rings, our students at Pompano Beach Middle School race to the cafeteria to begin their Firewall activities. Upon signing in, students receive a snack and take a seat as they wait for the daily announcements.

Once announcements are completed, the Center becomes quiet as the students receive their Daily Warm-Up question, a math problem that could appear on a future standardized test. When the allotted time is up, a mentor goes over the problem step by step. Those who had difficulty completing the problem or answered incorrectly, receive additional one-on-one help during homework time.

Warm-Ups not only serve to better prepare Firewall students for tests, but they further improve their overall academic performance in the classroom.


SUN-SENTINEL CHILDREN’S FUND GIVES 10,000 

Recently, Firewall Centers was awarded $10,000 through the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund, to expand its reach in the Pompano Beach area. You can read more about thepartnership here.

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Apply Now to work with Firewall CentersWe are looking forward to expanding out Team of Servant Leaders