"Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Five more weeks...

Several of our friends won't like to hear that their summer is coming to an end, but The Brandon Foundation is excited!

Five more weeks until we open our doors and welcome our first group of children!

School begins August 19th for Fort Wayne Community Schools, and after school that first Monday, children of The Brandon Foundation will walk through our doors eager to meet their mentors.

The mentors? They're eager, too... Eager to begin relationships with the first group of future leaders to enter our program. Eager to be a part of the foundation's mission. Eager to guide children as they grow academically and socially... Eager to learn and grow as much from the children as the children learn and grow themselves.

Speaking of growing... Have you seen our new logo? It's perfect for us.

The tree is rooted in the book; the tree symbolizes our children, as they place their foundation in their education and grow into solid, strong community leaders. Education is a powerful tool for children, and being able to use their education while establishing relationships and developing as young adults is equally powerful -- a combination that is the focus of The Brandon Foundation.

Mark your calendar!
August 24th at St. Henry's Community Center, The Brandon Foundation will be co-hosting a Community Flea Market & Garage Sale. If you're interested in purchasing a table for $10 and selling your items or products, please message us on Facebook or email us at brandonfoundation@hotmail.com.

We have other things in store that day, too, so be sure to watch as the date gets closer!

Mentor, maybe?
Yes, you! Could you be a mentor to one of our children? We have children registered and ready to begin, but we could use a few more mentors. The commitment is minimal, but the benefits are a lengthy list. Are you hesitant? What's holding you back? Talk to us... Anyone connected to The Brandon Foundation can answer your questions. We need you. More importantly, the future leaders of our community need you. All we ask is that you consider the possibility.

Monday, July 1, 2013

What's a Mentor?

According to the famous Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mentor is "a trusted counselor or guide."

Exactly: Trust. Counsel. Guide.

At The Brandon Foundation, mentors will work to build trusting relationships with our students. As the relationship develops, mentors help counsel through social and academic guidance, which is grounded in Christian love.

Mentors play a crucial role in the success of the foundation. It is their relationships that encourage the involvement in school and community. It is their relationships that support personal development.

Merriam-Webster suggested synonyms for mentor:  tutor, coach.

Exactly: Tutor. Coach.

Of course, our mentors help by tutoring students who struggle with their academics. But, our mentors are also coaches, providing knowledge and techniques for success and setting obtainable goals for our students' futures.

Even if the students who visit The Brandon Foundation do not need academic support, each student is paired with a mentor who they can trust to counsel, guide, and coach them as they learn about themselves, discover their true potential - both academically and socially, and identify their roles as future leaders in their community.

A few hours a week.

That's it: a few hours a week.

Can you spare a few hours of your time to spend with the children of The Brandon Foundation? We need people like you! Without mentors, our program is less successful - our children are less successful. The mentors are the heart and soul of this program, and we need more mentors to begin this school year...

10 months.

That's it: a few hours a week for ten months.

We know we can change the lives of the children who attend The Brandon Foundation. Don't you want to be a part of that? It is certain to change your life, too; it has already changed ours.

Please consider contacting us for more information! We would love to hear from you.

Message us on Facebook or email us at brandonfoundation@hotmail.com.

"So love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." Mark 12:30
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

"He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak.  Even young people grow tired and become weary, and young men will stumble and fall.  Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the LORD will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired." Isaiah 40:29-31