Good News! Local Company Supports Local Nonprofit

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard, especially nonprofits. With the majority of funding being shifted to much-needed immediate relief efforts, organizations focused in other vital areas have had to take a back seat.

New Milford based Brave Enough To Fail is no exception. BETF is a student focused nonprofit that provides free motivational programming and scholarships to high schools

But because of COVID-19 they lost their major grant funding that was earmarked to fund scholarships for this year.

So Brave Enough To Fail is asking local companies to please help by sponsoring a scholarship or donating anything they can toward the effort.

The Adolf Krueger Plumbing and Heating Company in Bethel was the first to step up and answer the call with a very generous donation of $1,000 to cover one scholarship.

Jillian Krueger talked about why they support Brave enough To Fail.

We support Brave Enough To Fail because reaching children in their formative years is vital but often overlooked.  This is when their sense of self worth has the most impact on their decision making and their lives.  If people have the confidence and courage to believe they can accomplish their dreams that makes all the difference and that is part of what BETF gives them.  I wish I had been exposed to this program when I was growing up because all who are, are blessed.

Wayne Winsley, BETF founder and CEO said, When things get tough you have to get creative. Most of our Brave Enough To Fail scholarship winners are first-generation college students from Greater Danbury who would be the first in their families to earn a degree.
They are depending on these vital scholarships to help them pursue their dreams and higher education.

So we reached out to the local business community for help. Adolph Krueger Company immediately stepped up and said yes. I can’t thank them enough for that!”

Brave Enough To Fail is seeking to raise $10,000 to cover scholarships for students this year.

If you or your company would like to help, contact Wayne Winsley wayne@braveenoughtofail.org or donate directly here

https://www.braveenoughtofail.org/

Working Together To Help Students Succeed

Two graduates of Faith Preparatory School in New Milford received scholarships as a result of the partnership between Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury and Brave Enough To Fail.

Current Kiwanis President Abigail Adams made the presentations during Faith Prep’s senior graduation ceremony which was held outdoors at the Faith Campus on Danbury Road in New Milford.

Madelyn Egbert received a $1,000 scholarship toward her studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Lindsey Moylan received a $1,000 scholarship toward her studies at Northpoint Bible College.

Kiwanis President Abigail Adams awards the scholarships to the winners.

Brave Enough To Fail is a student-focused, educational nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high school students. The mission is to narrow the achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury believes that by working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

For more information contact Danbury Kiwanis https://www.kiwanisct.org/

Brave Enough To Fail info@braveenoughtofail.org

A Hedge Against The COVID-19 Achievement Gap

Brave Enough To Fail is a student-focused educational nonprofit that provides free motivational presentations, scholarships, and other resources to high school students.

Our mission is to cultivate a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers by raising student achievement and inspiring young people with the courage to pursue their dreams.

Our focus is closing the achievement and opportunity gaps between traditionally underserved, low-income, minority population students and their more affluent peers.  

We are fighting for the underdog, young people that are showing signs of disengagement and disconnection in high school. A population of youth who, in the face of this unprecedented pandemic, will need support and inspiration even more than ever.

When schools reopen, educators will need every tool possible in order to re-engage, inspire, and motivate students to invest themselves in their own education. Brave Enough To Fail is determined to be there to help.

Why This Is Important Now

Here is a quote from and op-ed published by Educational Results Partnership on May 5, 2020.

“Students in grades K-12 who lack the essentials at home to master online education are falling further behind their more affluent peers. If the impact of lost learning among these students is not properly mitigated, achievement gaps that have existed for decades will only get worse.

And, if this happens, an entire cohort of students could also fail to attain the skills employers need to create a productive economy. Economic success today, and even more so in the future, will require well-educated workers who have mastered a range of cognitive and analytical skills, as well as social and communicative ones, in the K-12 years.

If an entire cohort of students fails to attain these skills, the losses will be felt not only by them but by the overall economy. Major and costly social dislocations, such as rising crime and poorer health, might also occur under these circumstances.”

There are others sounding the warning as well

“Because of the COVID -19 crisis, achievement gaps between disadvantaged students and their more affluent classmates will almost certainly be wider than they’ve been in years.” Los Angeles Times Editorial Board April 2 2020   

“The disruption of schooling during the pandemic will have disparate effects across the socio-economic ladder. The achievement gap between children from poorer and richer families is bound to rise as long as school closures continue.” Matthias Doepke, Ph.D., and Fabrizio Zilibotti, Ph.D Psychology Today April 1 2020

The Achievement Gap Is ‘More Glaring Than Ever’ for Students Dealing With School Closures Time.com March 26 2020

The experts agree, this current crisis will generate long-term costs to the education of our youth and the training of our future workforce.

Brave Enough To Fail is committed to reaching as many schools and students as possible to help students become re-engaged, inspired, and motivated.

When we get to the other side of this current crisis, and we will, many of our poor and minority students in underserved communities are going to face an even steeper uphill climb to succeed in school and beyond. With your help, we will be there to remind our students that they are worth the effort

How You Can Help

Donate today and help Brave Enough To Fail build the capacity to reach more schools and to be there as a hedge against the COVID-19 achievement gap. Yes I want to Donate Now

Can’t donate?

Sign our petition of support to encourage foundations to support Brave Enough To Fail Yes I want to Sign Now

Visit our website and put Your School on our List to receive the Brave enough To Fail program and scholarships to inspire your students to engage in their education and pursue their dreams. Yes, Make My School A Brave School

Share this post! Help raise awareness and support for our students!

Wayne Winsley, founder and CEO of Brave Enough To Fail is a middle school history teacher, former radio broadcaster, and multiple-award winning motivational keynote speaker.

wayne@braveenoughtofail.org @waynewinsley @betf

Adolf Krueger Co. Donates $500 to Brave Enough To Fail

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The Adolf Krueger Company has donated $500 toward Brave Enough To Fail’s student motivational programs and scholarships.

Company owner Ken Krueger says,

“Myself and the Krueger family have been strongly involved with anything to help the community, and Brave Enough To Fail is a great organization and we are happy to donate.”

Brave enough To Fail is a 501 C 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.
 

The mission is to cultivate a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers by inspiring students with the courage to pursue their dreams, and to invest themselves in their own education as a way to get what they want from life.
 Average attendance ranges between three hundred and 800 students at any given presentation.


Since 2016 BETF has impacted over 12,000 students nationwide and awarded $20,000 in scholarships with awardees attending great colleges nationwide including Yale University, Oral Roberts University, and University of Connecticut.

To learn more please go to BraveEnoughToFail.org

New Milford Walmart Donates $1,000 to Brave Enough To Fail

New Milford Walmart has donated $1,000 toward Brave Enough To Fail’s student motivational programs and scholarships.

Store manager Robin B. says,

“One of the things we like to do is grant money to the local charities that are within our community to make sure that they succeed and that the kids adults involved are successful as well.”

Brave enough To Fail is a 501 C 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.
 

The mission is to cultivate a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers by inspiring students with the courage to pursue their dreams, and to invest themselves in their own education as a way to get what they want from life.
 Average attendance ranges between three hundred and 800 students at any given presentation.


Since 2016 BETF has impacted over 12,000 students nationwide and awarded $20,000 in scholarships with awardees attending great colleges nationwide including Yale University, Oral Roberts University, and University of Connecticut.

To learn more please go to BraveEnoughToFail.org

More Dream Time On Your Hands!

We’ve all heard the saying that “Time waits for no man..” And how true that statement is.

No matter how much we want it to slow down time continues to go on regardless of what we do. 

Imagine if you were told that you only had a year to live…or just 6 months…how would you spend the little, precious time you had left?

How would your attitude towards things change? How would you manage your time differently?

Do you remember what you did with the extra hour as we set the clocks back?

Let’s face it, in todays’ day and age we’re constantly being distracted by one manner of thing or another. In fact, in the time you’re taking to read this your phone has probably already gone off hasn’t it? MY phone went off with messages from friends. 

There are so many things vying for our attention and for us to get the most out of our day sometimes it’s best to look at our see what things we can do to make the most of our time.

Once a day is gone…it’s gone, you can never get that time back. 

Here are some tips that I’ve found work very well for time management along with some questions for you.

1. If it’s not super important…leave it.

  
If you have a test you need to study for or need to get up for work in the morning instead of being on your phone or laptop until late at night, go to bed early and get the most out of your sleep. 

Or…you have chores that need to be done or steps that you could be taking to turn your goals into reality but you find yourself in front of the television…walk out of the room and get busy and make sure to TURN IT OFF so you don’t get drawn back in! 

2. Little things can waste big amounts of time.

I find it’s the little things that can turn into the biggest distractions…getting ONE thing on Amazon can lead to an hour of looking at shoes, jewelry, (For me it’s Zelda merchandise.) and Boom! a whole hour wasted!

A power nap that turns into a power snooze and 2 or 3 o clock becomes five o’ clock! (Been there, done that.) 

Take some serious inventory and see how much time you waste on the little things and try something like: 

Setting a timer – that way YOU limit yourself on how much time you spend on a certain activity.

3. Schedule

I can’t believe I wrote that word! I HATED that word as a kid.

It usually meant less time outside and more school. As a teenager, it meant less sleep, more work.

I soon realized as I began to mature, that scheduling is the key to getting everything done that I want to get done in a day.

Schedules are designed to help us make the most of our time and to keep us from being wasteful. 

List your priorities and stick to the list!

Now for the questions…answer them honestly then make a personal action plan by starting your solution with “I will.”

I’ll do the first one with you…

  1. Do I find myself staying up really late for no particular reason? (Yes…I will start going to bed earlier.)
  1. Do TV, Social Media, or video games eat up big portions of my time?
  1. Do I waste a lot of time on a phone?
  1. Do I complete ALL my homework and chores before I do other things?
  1. Are there other things not listed that take up my time?

Now you have a plan! Make a new schedule and use that timer.

Remember to use your time wisely…it’s all the time you’ve got

Isabel and Mike Adams

Who’s Driving This Dream Anyhow?

I’d like you meet Davy Bones.

Davy was a smooth-talking sailor who pulled into a small port many years ago.

He could see that the town folk were a bit down and could use a change.

Davy began to tell of adventures he had across the Seven Seas and the great treasures that were there for the taking.

Day after day his deep, booming voice and ability to tell a tale captivated them. 

His words filled their ears with promise, with excitement…with hope.

It didn’t take long before the whole town began to trust him and even consider him as one of their own. 

He told them that he’d be having a special meeting and anyone who wanted to change the course of their future should attend. 

Well…the whole town came out to hear what ol’ Davy had to offer.

“I’m putting ta-gether a crew ta sail with me for just three months…Cuz that’s all the time we’ll need ta get richer than we can bear!”

People rushed to sign on Davy’s voyage, but he could only take so many. He told the other town folks not to worry for there would be so much treasure that the crew could bring back enough for them to be rich too! 

He called the chosen crew’s names out and told them, “Go get some rest me hearties for we leave port at dawn! Kiss yer kiddies and hug yer wives, for when ya return you’ll all live new lives.”

Ohhh, the excitement! They began to talk of how they’d spend their newfound wealth.

The entire town was dockside at dawn to see the lucky few off on the adventure that would save them all.

There was just one small problem…Davy Bones was nowhere to be found. His ship was gone!

It’s too bad they didn’t have the ability to Google Davy or do a background check on him.

You see, while he was having his special meeting his real crew was inside the homes of the town folk robbing them of what little they had and sailed away with their dream.

The moral of this tale…there are NO SHORTCUTS in pursuit of your dream.

How can you avoid being shipwrecked on the Rocks of Quick Relief or deserted on the Island of Empty Promises?

  1. YOU chart your course! I fully support getting good advice from trustworthy people but let’s not get caught allowing someone else do all the planning because we don’t want to put the effort in.
  1. Stay on course! Can I say it again?There are no short cuts. Nothing is going to replace a focused work ethic! You may need to “pull into port” to re-group but get right back on course.
  1. Navigate your course! Steer clear of negativity whether it be people, places, or activities that will pull you off course. Fill your mind with positive influences.
  1. Finish your course! You can indeed succeed in anything you want to. People that love you, and all of us at Brave Enough to Fail, will always believe in you – so you need to believe in you!

My friends, the future is a great sea of adventure and your hard work is the wind in your sails. 

Take hold of that wheel and drive your dream with a firm hand…DON’T let Davy drive it! 

By Michael Adams, Creative Director Brave Enough To Fail

Walmart Donates $1,000 to Brave Enough To Fail

We are excited to announce that Brave Enough To Fail has received a grant of $1,000 from Walmart Giving and New Milford Walmart Store #3546

Walmart is joining us in cultivating a new generation of Leaders, Creators, and Achievers by sponsoring 10K Pushups in 60 Days to provide funds for our motivational presentations and scholarships for local students.

The mission of Brave Enough To Fail is to increase student achievement by inspiring students with the courage to pursue their dreams.

Since 2015 BETF has reached over twelve thousand students nationwide and awarded over $17,000 in scholarships.

In the current fundraiser, CEO Wayne Winsley is personally doing 10,000 pushups in 60 days to raise funds for the current school year programming scholarships.

Individuals and businesses can help by sponsoring pushups here.

For additional information and interviews contact Wayne Winsley wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org

12 Yr Old Brookfield CT Author Takes 2nd in Nationwide Short Story Contest

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Writeshort story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across America as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.

 Hunter Ethan Knox de Carvalho Johnson, a 12-year-old writer who lives in Brookfield, CT. is already a force to be reckoned with.

His short story called Mettle Morphosis entranced the judges enough that it grabbed second place in the 17 and under category. Panel judge Isabel Adams, who previously won the grand prize in this category, called it,

“A delightful and quite funny read that shows the importance of even the smallest things.”

Hunter is currently attending a private school in New Milford, CT. Hunter enjoys nature and is particularly fond of cats.

 Hunter is pursuing a literary career. He writes fiction of various genres, including fantasy and realistic fiction. He aspires to not only put his own writing out into the world, but to one day publish other authors’ work through his own publishing company.

Read  Mettle Morphosis By Hunter Johnson here

Pahrump Nevada Author Wins Back-to-Back Nationwide Writing Championships

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write  short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge. 

Winning back-to-back championships is not easy. Yeah, Tom Brady may make it look as if its not that hard, but it is truly difficult. Only eight teams have actually won the Super Bowl back-to-back. According to the late coach of the 49ers, Bill Walsh once said that winning a first Super Bowl is enormously easier than winning a second or third.

Well folks, Sarah Tehuiotoa of Pahrump Nevada is making winning look easy. For the second time in row she has taken first place in the Brave Enough To Write 18 and over category and scored a check for $1,000!

And she did it with a totally different panel of judges, none of whom knew of her or her previous work. Which makes the accomplishment that much more spectacular!

The 22 year old graduate of UNLV is currently working as a substitute English teacher. She thanks her fellow writers and  a crazy but awesome creative writing professor for pushing her to become a better writer. Sarah offers a bit of advice for other writers,

“I think everyone has doubts about what they’re supposed to be doing, but I’ve learned to keep on going and growing and learning (you can never learn too much). And I’ve learned to trust that God has a plan, and He’s put a passion in my heart for writing for a reason.”

Panel Judge David Glass, Senior Creative Director, Viacom Comedy Central, MTV said,

“Give the gold to “The With Woman” it is incredibly well written, finely crafted, with a fantastic ear for dialogue.”

Read The Witch Woman by Sarah Tehuiotoa here.