Brave Enough To Write

10,000 words or less, all genres except erotica $20 donation to enter 100% tax deductible

This contest is a charity fundraiser. 

All proceeds go toward our mission of providing free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

$1,000 prize for Winner 18 and over category

$1,000 prize for Winner 17 and under category

Contest runs Jan. 15th 2019 thru June 15th 2019

The Details

Our “Brave Enough To Write” Short story contest is a fundraiser that also promotes literacy, writing, and authors. 

The format is simple,

Submit an unpublished short story 10,000 words or less in any genre except erotica.

Entry fee of $20 is  a 100% tax deductible donation and all proceeds go directly toward providing our programs and scholarships to students. 

Prizes are $1,000 for the best author 18 years old and above and $1,000 for best 17 years and under author.

One winner per year in each category will be selected to receive the BETW Lion of Literature Award. 

Authors retain full ownership of their work. ​

In the future we are looking to publish a  collection of winning stories and runner ups and any proceeds from that will be split evenly with the authors.

We launched this contest first in 2017 with prizes totally $1,500.The top prize of $1,000 was won by Sarah Tehuitoa  of Pahrump Nevada. The $500 prize was won by Isabel Adams of Weare New Hampshire.

Our goal is to raise raise financial support and awareness for our mission in such a way that aligns with our core philosophy of inspiring people to achieve their dreams.

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Kiwanis Club of Norwalk CT Donates $750 to Brave Enough To Fail

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Brave Enough To Fail Executive Director Wayne Winsley (center) with members of Kiwanis Key Club members from Norwalk high School.

 

The Kiwanis Club of Norwalk has donated $750 to Brave Enough To Fail.

The donation, in support of the club’s effort to bring the student motivational program to Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon High School, was made during a BETF presentation by Executive Director Wayne Winsley to members of the Kiwanis Key Club of Norwalk High at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center on Wednesday evening.

Kiwanis District 20 Lt. Governor Paula Conte said.

“Brave Enough To Fail is a phenomenal program that is giving young people the spark they need to be more successful in school and in life.

We are proud to support this organization and excited to work together in service to our students.”

Wayne Winsley, executive director of Brave Enough To Fail says,

“I’m so honored and humbled to have such tremendous support from such a great organization as Kiwanis of Norwalk. This partnership will strengthen our ability to raise student achievement and promote leadership through service.”

Brave Enough To Fail has partnered with Kiwanis Key Clubs to provide in-school assembly style motivational presentations and scholarships at several high schools in Connecticut.

For more information go to www.BraveEnoughToFail.org

This Teacher is Doing 10K Pushups in 60 Days to Motivate Students

 

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Local teacher and nonprofit director Wayne Winsley is putting his body on the line to inspire our youth!

He is doing 10,000 pushups in 60 Days to raise $10,000 for Brave Enough to Fail student motivational programs and scholarships at High Schools.

The mission is to help students succeed by inspiring courage and providing resources.

This past school your the program reached over 2,000 students and awarded Eight scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 in value to colleges and trade schools.

The program is expanding to reach even more students in its mission to cultivate a new generation of Leaders, Creators, and Achievers. 

Response from both educators and students has been rave reviews. 

“Brave Enough To Fail is an excellent motivational tool to help students believe in themselves and to set and achieve high personal goals.”

  – FosterCrawford, former Assistant Superintendent of schools Waterbury and Stamford Connecticut

“This presentation made me think of what I’m doing differently, in a good way. I now know how to strive to be the best person I am able to be. I really enjoyed your presentation today, good job!”         

Nathan, Bartlett High School

The pushups are videotaped and uploaded to the Brave Enough To Fail YouTube and Facebook pages along with the name of the sponsoring person or company.

To get involved and sponsor some pushups to inspire students Click the Link Here

 

This Teacher is doing 10K Pushups in 60 Days to Inspire Students!

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Local teacher and nonprofit director Wayne Winsley is putting his body on the line to inspire our youth!

He is doing 10,000 pushups in 60 Days (Oct 2nd through Dec 2nd ) to raise $10,000 for Brave Enough to Fail student motivational programs and scholarships at High Schools. The mission is to help students succeed by inspiring courage and providing resources.

This past school your the program reached over 2,000 students and awarded Eight scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 in value to colleges and trade schools.

Response from both educators and students has been rave reviews. 

“Brave Enough To Fail is an excellent motivational tool to help students believe in themselves and to set and achieve high personal goals.”

  – FosterCrawford, former Assistant Superintendent of schools Waterbury and Stamford Connecticut

“This presentation made me think of what I’m doing differently, in a good way. I now know how to strive to be the best person I am able to be. I really enjoyed your presentation today, good job!”         

Nathan, Bartlett High School

The pushups are videotaped and uploaded to the Brave Enough To Fail YouTube and Facebook pages along with the name of the sponsoring person or company.

To get involved and sponsor some pushups to inspire students Click the Link Here

Brave Enough To Bake

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Meet our Brave Enough To Fail, Person of Courage, Rachel Marcucilli.

She had the courage to take on New York City in pursuit of her passion for pie and pastry.

She had to overcome, fear, uncertainty, and disappointment along the way.

Now she is not only putting the icing on the cake, she is looking to teach others to do the same.

Check out her Brave Enough To Fail story.

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Sowing Seeds Of Success

 

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A garden is a wonderful thing. It’s a labor of love from seed time to harvest but the end results are worth it! There’s nothing quite like sitting down in summer for a meal with a truly crisp, straight out of the ground fresh salad.

The wonderful aroma of sautéed veggies fills the air during barbeques and people are wiping the juice of a watermelon you grew off their smiling faces. It’s a satisfying thing to know that others are eating well because of the labor of you invested!

The decision to grow your own food poses many questions such as:
How do I plant a vegetable garden? Where should I plant it? When is the best time to plant? How much sun does my garden need? Which vegetables grow well together? And of course…where did all these bugs and pests come from? I never had single one of these around my house until I started sowing seed!

I’d like you to join me on my journey of growing my garden this summer because along the way I’ll share some gardening tips along with valuable lessons about success. Our lives are much like a garden and as you follow this series you’ll see what I mean. Principles for succeeding in life are all around us and I’m going to help you find those hidden gems. I’ll give you an example…Look closely at the paragraph above this one and see if you can find 6 principles a garden can teach you about success.

Did you see them? Look closely! I’ll give you the first one..

How do I plant a vegetable garden? The principle –
A plan. Knowledge helps you grow…or as I like to phrase it know-how gives you grow-how…oh wow…I better stop now!

Doing some research, reading, and reviewing some video on gardens will help you get greater results for the effort you put in. Learn those basics and then apply them…just like in life…

 

Knowledge Is The Foundation To The Life You Want To Build.

 

It will give you confidence. Let me explain.
I was never confident speaking about a subject that I didn’t know a lot about, BUT…get a topic that I did know a lot about and it was on! I spoke with confidence because of that knowledge.

In fact, the more I learned…the more I discovered about myself. My view of life began to change. I discovered something a lot of people live without – purpose.

I realized that knowledge is powerful and will raise you up to places that you’ll only dream of reaching if you don’t apply yourself.

Is the same true with you?

Plan Your Work…and Work Your Plan

As I thought about what I wanted to grow in my garden I decided that I needed to draw it out on paper. I wanted to have an idea what the end result will look like (and help me remember what I planted where)!

Setting goals and then breaking them down into smaller steps on paper always helps me stay focused and moving forward.

How about you?

If you want to be better at basketball you don’t sit around hoping it will happen do you? No, you study plays. You watch film. You train, and train, and train till every muscle in your body hurts…and then you train some more!

You don’t become an amazing pianist by sitting down at one do you? No, that’s only the first step. You have to learn how to read music. Listen to different techniques, get yourself a teacher if you can, and then practice, practice, practice until your fingers feel like they tied together…and then do it again!

The end result will be amazing!

Right now, you have the ability to achieve anything you desire to. You’re not just a game changer…NO!
You’re a world changer!

Research! Read! Learn all you can! Your future is the sum of the decisions that you make…choose to invest in your education! Knowledge Is Power!

 

I have much to share in the days and weeks ahead so stay on the lookout for the next post. I want you to succeed but I must ask you…Are you Brave Enough To Grow?!

Sowing seeds for your success,

Wayne Winsley

Brave Enough To Fail Awards $2,000 in Scholarships to Faith Preparatory School

 

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Brave Enough To Fail has added yet another “Brave” school to it’s growing ranks.  Students at Faith Preparatory School in New Milford Connecticut received a big dose of motivation and inspiration to “Be The Boss of Their Dreams” along with some scholarship money help launch them toward success.

Jaclyn Mattison, principal of Faith Preparatory School said,

“We could not be prouder to be a Brave Enough To Fail school. We are beyond blessed to have this program and the scholarships made available to our students.”

New Milford based nonprofit provides motivational presentations and scholarships to schools nationwide at no cost to schools or students.  It is being called a new and innovative way to help narrow the student achievement gap.

Wayne Winsley, executive director of BETF says,

“A positive message can change the trajectory of a child’s life. I’m living proof of that, and its why this organization exists. To change children’s lives for the better.” 

A one thousand dollar scholarship will be awarded to a member of this year’s senior class and a second one thousand dollar scholarship has been designated for a member of next year’s senior class.

The Scholarships, which are paid toward expenses at any accredited college or trade school, are awarded based on financial need, grade point average and other criteria.

Please make a donation today. Support our mission to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to believe and trust in themselves.

Brave Enough To Fail Awards Six $1,000 Scholarships to Danbury High School

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Thanks to our partnership with Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury, the generosity of Union Savings Bank, and the hard work of the Key Club of Danbury High School, Brave Enough To Fail was able to deliver a powerful message of motivation, inspiration, and achievement to over 600 seniors at a recent presentation.

The speaker, Wayne Winsley, shared how being raised by his great grandmother, then living in an orphanage and foster homes took him down a road where he faced a crossroad with the options being the cemetery or prison.

After hearing someone say, “Always strive for excellence” something clicked and Wayne paved himself a new path, enjoying decades of success as a radio announcer and now spreading motivation with his story.

He went on to give the students relevant, and specific way to overcome adversity and be the boss of their dreams.

That message was backed up with five $1,000 scholarships to help those motivated students achieve their dreams.

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DHS 1The message must have been effective because after the announcement of the scholarships a BETF supporter, who was attending the presentation as a guest, spontaneously stood up and shouted
“Can we make it six scholarships? If we can make it six, I’ll take care of it!”
And just like that, five scholarships became six scholarships.

 

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Wayne Winsley and Michelle Bonvicini, Director of Community Relations Union Savings Bank

Michelle Bonvicini, Director of Community Relations Union Savings Bank says,

“Motivating and encouraging our young people to be the best they can be is vitally important and we are very happy to be a part of this effort.”

 

 

Wayne Winsley, Executive Director of Brave Enough To Fail commented,

“This was truly a team effort. The Kiwanis Club of Danbury saw the possibilities of this program and paved the way for us. The Key Clubbers did the logistical work of putting the event  together and generating enthusiasm among the student body. And of course none of this would have been possible without the generous support of Union Savings Bank who made the investment in the dreams of all these young people. I am sincerely thankful to everyone on the team.”

Hopefully this is only the beginning. The list of schools that have already requested the Brave Enough To Fail program spans twenty states.

Wayne Winsley says,

“Just imagine how many young people we can impact and how many dreams we sow into. We can help close the achievement gap and strengthen communities across America. All we need is the support of great people like the ones who made this event possible.” 

Brave Enough To Fail Inc, is a 501 ( C ) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational presentations and scholarships to schools.

Learn how you can help bring this program and scholarships to a school near you.

visit our website or email info@BraveEnoughToFail.org

Union Savings Bank Invests in New Effort to Narrow Achievement Gap

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Union Savings Bank of Danbury has granted $6,500 in funding for a Brave Enough To Fail program and five $1,000 scholarships for Danbury High School.

The audience will be approximately 600 seniors who will not only get a big dose of motivation to pursue their dreams but also have someone actually sow into their dreams with resources to help them get started.

The mission of Brave Enough To Fail is to help students get better grades in school by inspiring them to pursue their dreams.

Wayne Winsley, founder and executive director of Brave Enough To Fail says,

“We are attacking the education achievement gap by working directly at the student level.” 

The event is April 12th at 9:30AM at Danbury high School in Danbury Connecticut.
Media is invited to attend.
To learn more about bringing the Brave Enough To Fail program and scholarships to your school Click Here

Helping Students Close The Achievement Gap

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The Battle over how Connecticut pays for public education has been going on for years and it continues with no end in sight.

In 2016, a superior court judge ruled that the state’s funding formula was “irrational” and unconstitutional, and failed to adequately fund urban and poor school districts.

In 2018 that ruling has been overturned by the state Supreme Court. The ball has now been punted back to the politicians and advocates for them to quickly and efficiently come up with a solution to the largest achievement gap in the nation between students in the richest districts in the state and the poorest districts.

We all know that the “fix” won’t be quick and efficient and any solution at all is still years away. Which brings up some uncomfortable questions.

What about the students who are struggling in our schools right now?

How can we help all of those thousands of children who are currently in our schools and on the losing side of the educational achievement gap?

Is there anything we can do immediately to positively impact even some of these students and increase their chances of not only graduating, but of achieving positive, productive, and even profitable life outcomes?

The answer is yes.

While the grownups are trying to figure out what to do, we can empower our children with motivation and some financial help to take charge of their own destiny, seize whatever opportunities are around them and pursue their dreams.

Brave Enough To Fail Inc. is helping students begin to close the achievement gap by inspiring students with the courage to pursue their dreams and to to see their own education as a way to get what they want out of life.

Brave Enough To Fail Inc, is a 501 ( C ) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational presentations and scholarships to schools.

We believe that by offering students a compelling reason to fully invest themselves in their own education and by providing a tangible and achievable goal, we can and will raise student achievement.

Does Brave Enough To Fail institute effective education policy? Does it ensure more highly trained and qualified teachers in the classroom? Does it remove the family and social challenges that many kids face? No, no, and no.

Brave Enough To Fail does however, provide a lifeline of support for “a number” of students in the total absence of additional help from anywhere else.

It can inspire “a number” of students to achieve better life outcomes by choosing to remain in school rather than drop out.

It can, over time, inspire and motivate “a number” of students to achieve their absolute best in school, no matter where that school happens to be.

We believe that “number” of our children is worth saving. No matter how large or how small that number is.

Local businesses are getting involved

Happily, there is a growing list of courageous companies who are Brave Enough To Fund (smile) this investment in the future of our children.  They believe our program is making a difference, and can see how it will help the future of our workforce – the future of our nation.

Preferred Utilities   has stepped forward to sponsor scholarships

Kiwanis Foundation of Greater Danbury has partnered with us to provide presentations and scholarships to as many as seven area high schools

Union Savings Bank has boldly contributed funding to provide a presentation and full set of scholarships to an area high school. 

These companies and others like them are taking action to help students close the achievement gap in their own lives by providing them with a message of motivation backed by resources.  They are sending a message to the children, “Your dreams are important enough to be invested in and pursued.”

By the way, it works.

I myself am living proof that the power of positive message can change the trajectory of a child’s life. At age 14 I made the choice to go back to school after hearing a message about striving for excellence. That choice saved my life. And I am not the only one.

When speaking about the question of whether kids are able to overcome circumstances like poverty and achieve at the highest levels, Jennifer Alexander, outgoing chief executive officer of the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now says,

The fact that there is even a discussion in here suggesting that schools can’t be expected to overcome societal ills is unacceptable in 2018.”… “We know what’s possible when kids are given the opportunity and the support. We just have to have the political will to do it for all kids.”

We agree, and we hope you will too.

Wayne Winsley Founder and Executive Director of Brave Enough To Fail Inc.