March 2016 Newsletter

Keep Giving Back at Serve-A-Thon

Serve-A-ThonOur third annual Serve-A-Thon is right around the corner! Our 400 students and their mentors will come together on April 30th to engage in a day of service to make a lasting impact in the community. Members of the Lifework Leadeship class will also help serve on that day.

This year, students will serve by feeding the homeless with Hope South Florida,     cleaning up and beautifying Synder Park in Fort Lauderdale, preparing meals for the hungry with Feeding South Florida, and renovating the Ann Storck Center.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved, read more here.

Firewall Student Motivates Fellow Classmate 

I don’t have any work,” a student told his Firewall mentor last week, much like he usually does. This student has learning difficulties, and his biggest problem is that he doesn’t complete his classwork or bring his homework to Firewall.

On this particular day, however, something spectacular happened. One of this sixth grade student’s classmates at Firewall, Adamantia, replied: “I know you do” [have homework]. “Look, you’re not bringing your homework to Firewall, you’re not writing in your agenda, and our mentors won’t be able to help you because you don’t want to do any work even though that’s what you’re here for.. I am going to see your teachers tomorrow to ask them what you have for homework.”

Adamantia got permission from her mentor and went to her peers’ different classes to ask for assignments that he could make up to improve his grades. She returned to Firewall with 3 packets of work and sat down with the student. “Do you want to be in sixth grade next year and see your friends move on?” “No,” he replied. “So you’re going to do your work?” asked Adamantia. “Yes.” The two then sat together to work on the assignments. Even after Adamantia’s parents picked her up that day, the student stayed at Firewall until he finished his assigned work.

This story is an incredible example of the transformative effects of positive peer influence at Firewall. Thank you, Adamantia for being a servant leader!

Community Partner Empowering Young Women 

We are thankful for the supportive community around us that partners with us to transform our students into servant leaders. Most recently, Soroptimist International of Davie taught their “Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls” curriculum at our Western High School location.


“Dream It, Be It” serves to provide girls with career education, resources, and support to equip them to become successful adults. During one of these sessions, the conversation focused on turning failures into successes. Our girls heard encouraging stories from the women of Soroptimist International and even had the opportunity to set goals and apply what they learned to their own lives.

We hope you have a wonderful start to this new spring season and thank you for being a part of our Firewall Centers’ story.


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