February 2016 Newsletter

We are a FINALIST!

Our founder, Andy Fernandez, was nominated as one of the three finalists for the Non-Profit Leader of the Year Academy Award presented by 2-1-1 Broward.

AndyAs our Executive Director, Andy has established partnerships county-wide that have allowed Firewall to grow exponentially in just 5 years, expanding from serving 40 students to 400 each day. He has created a culture within Firewall where students become mentors when they graduate and developed an annual Serve-A-Thon event that teaches students to give back to our community through service projects.

In the past, we have received the Collective Impact for Youth and Non-Profit Organization of the Year Rising Star Academy Awards.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 26th at the 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards, hosted by Seminole Hard Rock & Casino. 
We are honored that our Executive Director and Founder is nominated for this award and are excited for all that is to come for Firewall Centers!

 Center Spotlight: Blanche Ely High School

We have been at Blanche Ely High for two years now and serve 30+ students each day. “Our kids feel like they are at home. There is a unique bond between mentors and students. They have an idea of what they want to do after they graduate and are very focused. They want to go to college, to do something, to be something,” said our Program Administrator, Esther.

Kenny Kenny

Meet Kenny. He is a 10th grade student at Blanche Ely High. He actually started attending Firewall in the 6th grade at our Pompano Beach Middle Center. Over the last five years, we have been a part of his growth into an excellent A/B student and driven young man. After graduating High School, he wants to help people by becoming a Pharmacist.




Thank you for being a part of our Firewall family and for helping to spread the fire!



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