January 2015 Newsletter

From award nominations to community events, Firewall Centers is starting 2015 with a bang!

Firewall Centers was nominated as one of three finalists for the Children’s Services Council (CSC) ‘Collective Impact for Youth Award! This award is presented by 2-1-1 Broward, a resource that provides Broward County residents with health and human services in their community.




We have been a part of the Community Foundation of  Broward’s ‘School is Cool‘ initiative, along with CSC, that  strives to increase the high school graduation rates to 90%  by 2020. The focus of this community-wide initiative is  attendance, behavior, and course performance, three areas  that our staff monitors daily.

Last year at the Academy Awards, we received the ‘Non- Profit Organization of the Year Rising  Star’ Award displaying that although we are “young and  small,” our “potential for growth and impact is high.”

Awards will be given out at the PNC Bank Non-Profit  Academy Awards on Friday, February 13th at the Seminole  Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at 11:00 a.m. Regardless of the  outcome, we feel privileged to be a part of this great event for the second year in a row!


mlk day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19th, we participated in our first annual  Day of Service! Thanks to a generous gift from Broward College, we were able to renovate our donated modular and overall increase our Western High Firewall Center by 20 students.

With the help of over 30 volunteers, we painted inside and outside, installed hurricane shutters, put in doors, planted a garden, and more!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” 

 – Martin Luther King Jr. 

We are grateful for the numerous families, Town of Davie Staff, Calvary Chapel Plantation attendees, Broward College and Nova Southeastern University students, and Firewall Centers’ student and Board members that showed up willing to do all they were capable of.

“I chose to volunteer for Firewall Centers because…You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow and I might not be able to pick up a paintbrush or a shovel anymore, so I’ll do everything I can to help and serve today,” said Broward College student, Daniela Jahncke. 

If you would like to see photos from the MLK Day of Service, feel free to take a look at our Facebook Page.