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.

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An Inspirational Approach to the Achievement Gap

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Closing the education achievement gap is tough.

New results from the nation’s most widely used college admission test highlight in detailed fashion the persistent achievement gaps between students who face disadvantages and those who don’t.

Scores from the ACT show that just 9 percent of students in the class of 2017 who came from low-income families, whose parents did not go to college, and who identify as black, Hispanic, American Indian or Pacific Islander are strongly ready for college.

But the readiness rate for students with none of those demographic characteristics was six times as high, 54 percent, according to The Washington Post Thursday September 8th 2017.

There are a lot of great people working very hard to narrow this huge gap from the policy, administrative, and teacher side of the spectrum.

But Wayne Winsley, a middle school history teacher who also happens to be a multiple award-winning motivational speaker is taking a different approach. He is working at the student level, using inspiration and motivation to increase student achievement.

His nonprofit organization Brave Enough To Fail Inc. provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

Winsley explains why he does it,

“At age 14, I was living in an orphanage in Cleveland Ohio, had failed eighth grade the previous year, and basically given up on school. I was a poor black kid who, the experts would say,  had given up on my future and was too set in my ways to be motivated to change. I was destined for one of two places, behind bars or dead.

One day, a friend of mine’s dad was disappointed with his report card and began to lecture him. Without intending to, without even realizing that I was in the room, his dad said the words that changed my life forever.

Always strive for excellence no matter what you do. Excellence will overcome, poverty, prejudice, and adversity every time. Just be excellent at whatever you choose to do.”

That simple message motivated me to make the choice that saved my life.

I chose to go back to school and do the absolute best I could. Because of that choice, I didn’t wind up behind bars or dead. I know first hand that a message can change a child’s life. 

That is why I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to delivering a message of inspiration and motivation to as many young people as possible by providing free motivational programs to high schools.”

Natasha Ushomirsky, a policy development director for the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for disadvantaged students, told the Washington Post,  “There’s a lot of power in communicating the expectation that all students can achieve at high levels,”

Research, by the Dalio Foundation of Connecticut, shows that disengaged students who are re-engaged and motivated during the first two years of high school are nearly twice as likely to graduate than students who remain disengaged. See the report here.

Schools across the nation agree about the power of a positive message and are reaching out to request the program. Currently Brave Enough To Fail has requests for the 2017-2018 school year from schools in thirteen states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey,  Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, and Alaska.

Contact Wayne Winsley  wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org     Twitter @WayneWinsley  Facebook

 

 

 

Bridgeport Students Left to Fend for Themselves

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The recent article in Ct.Post by Linda Conner Lambeck “Bridgeport Schools brace for potential cuts” raises all sorts of questions and concerns. How is it that Math and Literacy could even be considered to be on the block for any school district?

This is yet another example of students basically being left to find their own way to succeed in a system that is being put in the position of offering students less help instead of more.

One organization is stepping in to offer students some bootstraps with which to pull themselves up.

Brave Enough to Fail, a CT non-profit working to incentivize students to excel in school has developed the Brave Enough to Write program (BETW), specially to address to the growing gap, as well as to off set devastating budget cuts, as proposed in Bridgeport.

The BETW program will be a self-publishing platform, tied to English curriculum that allows students of all ages to write and publish their own stories, and read the stories of their peers. Students within the program will be eligible to win various enrichment scholarships and the school or organization the student comes from will receive a matching scholarship.

While we know that writing is a rewarding activity and can have serious impact on self-esteem and confidence, the BETW program’s aim is to not only help build confidence and self-esteem, but to work to off-set devastating budget gaps by providing students access to educational opportunities as well as funding.

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Don’t Let CT’s Children Fall into the Gap

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“Always Strive for excellence, no matter what you do. Excellence will overcome prejudice, poverty, and adversity every time.”

When I heard those words spoken by the father of my best friend, I was a fourteen year old black kid wandering the streets of Cleveland Ohio. I was a repeat eighth grader who hadn’t attended school regularly for a year. Statistically I was too old to be reachable and was on a one-way path to either a prison cell or a cemetery plot.

But that simple message helped motivate me to make better choices and have the courage to follow my dreams.

I managed to get an education, even in the substandard inner city schools that I attended, and become a productive citizen in the country that I love. After serving in the United States Navy, I enjoyed a fantastic 20 year career as a radio newscaster and talk show host, ran for U.S. Congress, and now I am a teacher inspiring and educating my middle school students.

That is how I know that on any given day the right message, from the right person, can change the trajectory of a child’s life.

That is why I am convinced that we can break the cycles of poor achievement and poverty for many of our young people here in Connecticut.

There are more than 206,000 students in Connecticut public schools who are classified as poor, based on their family’s income level.

“Teachers, principals, superintendents, and others connected to some of the state’s lowest-achieving schools took turns testifying during a recent trial about the trauma and poverty their students face – and the shortage of resources they say they have with which to help.”

We are reaching out help some of those students to help themselves.

“In Bridgeport and Hartford, two of the largest school districts in the state, only a quarter of the students are reading at grade level and half are significantly behind.”

Our mission is to help change those numbers for the better.

The Tauck Family Foundation, a private foundation that invests in the development of children from low-income families in Bridgeport, reports that students in low-performing schools are five times more likely to drop out of high school than those in high-performing schools.

One high school in Stamford has nearly 200 repeat freshmen who are high risk to drop out.

  Our goal is to inspire those students not to give up on themselves.                                           We will be a lifeline of motivation and resources that these students can hold onto over the next four years to help pull themselves out and over their circumstances and fulfill their dreams.

We are also launching leadership programs for students as young as 4th and 5th grade.

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Our children can’t wait for the grownups to to get their act together.

The decision of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell came over 10 years after the case was brought to court in 2005. The appeal could take even longer and after that, the politicians have to fight about exactly how to go about helping the children caught on the wrong side of the achievement gap. How many years will that take?

What about the thousands and thousands of children struggling in our failing schools now?

Far too many of our young people are leaving poor school systems unable to break the cycle of poverty and ending up in prison or in the social services safety net.

You can help change that.

Can our student motivational program save every student? Of course not.

But can it save SOME students by inspiring them with the courage and determination to overcome the odds and succeed even in so-called failing school systems?

The answer is YES!

Is saving the future of even a few of these children worth the effort?  Is it worth doing?

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If your answer is yes,  please give as much as you can right now.                                    

Your donation could literally change the destiny of a child.

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You can Sponsor a school for $5,000, Sponsor a scholarship for $1,000

                             Give $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, $10

Author

Wayne Winsley

Executive Director, Brave Enough to Fail Inc.

Sources:

Ct Mirror When Poverty Permeates the Classroom  by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Yale Daily News Behind Connecticut’s “Opportunity Gap” by 

Give A Child A Brighter Future This Christmas

 

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This Christmas season, you can give a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

Your donation can help spark a student with the courage and motivation to invest him or her self in their own education. That investment will make a positive impact on the student’s life, their community, and our society.

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“I will take school much more seriously so I can pursue my dreams.”
Jewel, Harding High School Bridgeport CT.
The Brave Enough To Fail Program has made a profound impact on the lives of students at several High Schools throughout Connecticut and New Jersey and as far away as St. Mary’s West Virginia.

Here locally, Students from A.I. Tech in Hartford, Hillhouse in New Haven, Harding in Bridgeport, and Piscataway High in New Jersey have been inspired to reach for their dreams, and motivated to invest themselves in their own education, as a way to get what THEY want out of life.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit, student motivational program that, with your support, empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and hard work.

Schools targeted to receive the program in 2016 include Westhill High in Stamford, Bethel High School, and Newington High School.

Your generous donation will:

  • Inspire and motivate students to do well in school
  • Expose students to various college and career options
  • Encourage students towards healthy and positive lives
  • Help students to create viable life plans and make good decisions
  • Fund college and tech school scholarships for students at participating high schools

Please consider making your first gift to Brave Enough To Fail this holiday season.

It will make the difference in helping us touch the lives of thousands of young people in 2016.
Thanks to your gift and others like it, Brave Enough To Fail is well on the way to becoming the #1 student motivational program in America.

Or mail your check to:
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.
32 Aspetuck Village New Milford CT 06776

 

Thank you so very much for your generosity and support 

Wayne Winsley
Founder & President,
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

 

Help inspire students in 2016

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The Brave Enough To Fail Program has made a profound impact on the lives of students at several High Schools throughout Connecticut and New Jersey and as far away as St. Mary’s West Virginia.
Here locally, Students from A.I. Tech in Hartford, Hillhouse in New Haven, Harding in Bridgeport, and Piscataway High in New Jersey have been inspired to reach for their dreams, and motivated to invest themselves in their own education, as a way to get what THEY want out of life.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit, student motivational program that, with your support, empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and hard work.

Schools targeted to receive the program in 2016 include Westhill High in Stamford, Bethel High School, and Newington High School.

Your generous donation will:
  • Inspire and motivate students to do well in school
  • Expose students to various college and career options
  • Encourage students towards healthy and positive lives
  • Help students to create viable life plans and make good decisions
  • Fund college and tech school scholarships for students at participating high schools

Please consider making your first gift to Brave Enough To Fail this holiday season.

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Or mail your check to:
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.
32 Aspetuck Village New Milford CT 06776

 

It will make the difference in helping us touch the lives of hundreds of young people in 2016.

 

Thank you so very much for your generosity and support

Wayne Winsley
Founder & President,
Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

 

 

 

The United States Internal Revenue Service determined that Brave Enough to Fail INC. is a public charity and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Service has also determined that contributions to Brave Enough to Fail INC. are tax deductible to donors under IRC Section 170.

 

Dunkin Donuts Joins 5K Push-Ups in 30 Days to #InspireKids to Achieve Greatness

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A great big THANK YOU!! to the 14 Dunkin Donuts in the greater Danbury Ct and Brewster NY areas that are supporting and hosting 5K Push-Ups in 30 Days to #InspireKids.

America runs on Dunkin. Our future runs on our Children. Our Children run on Inspiration.

That is why our local Dunkin Donuts  are supporting Brave Enough To Fail in our effort to inspire and motivate our youth with the courage and preparation to follow and achieve their dreams.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit, student motivational program that ,with your support, empowers young people to realize their dreams and full potential through educational achievement, courage, and hard work.The program provides a launch-pad towards success with motivational presentations, exposure to educational and career opportunities, and academic scholarships. The goal is to cultivate a generation of competent, self-assured, young people who have the tools to succeed.

By donating to Brave Enough to Fail, You strengthen our communities, you strengthen our state, and you strengthen our nation, by empowering our youth.

Please help #InspireKids today by making a donation. Thank you so much.

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You’ve got to Pay to Ride the Road to Success

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The Great White Shark is the most feared predator on the planet. It relentlessly prowls the waters, hunting where it will and in fear of nothing for it has no natural challenger save the Orca.

However, to be successful, the great white shark must do one thing. It must keep moving forward at all times. If this particular shark stands still, it becomes just another drowned carcass swallowed up by the vast ocean and fed upon by others.

Successful people across the board share this shark-like trait. They keep moving forward, they are diligent, they don’t give up and they work as hard and as long as necessary to reach their goal. they learn from their failures but they don’t live in them. They refuse to drown in mediocrity.

Everyone wants to be successful, and if it were easy, everyone would be. But it’s not easy and therefore, too many are not.

Life will inevitably throw obstacles in path, adversity will strike and circumstance will conspire against you.

Look around you, there are plenty of talented and gifted people who failed to reach their full potential because for them, the price was too high, it was too hard, it took too long so they gave up the fight. Quite often, it is not talent that makes the difference but perseverance.

Be the shark, keep moving forward. Your dreams, your goals, your success is worth fighting for.

Remember,

The road to success is a toll road and that toll of diligence and hard work, MUST be paid.There is no shortcut around hard work and diligence.

You were born to accomplish great things. Don’t drown in the sea of mediocrity. Keep moving forward toward your destiny.

 

You can help pave the way to success for the next generation.

Every dollar you give to Brave Enough to Fail helps to inspire a young person.

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About the author

Wayne Winsley is an award winning  motivational Keynote Speaker who has been inspiring others for over a decade. He is the founder and President of Brave Enough To Fail.

 

 

Vision is great but have a PLAN as well

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If you can see it, you can be it.

This is true, but its not the whole truth.

You need a plan for turning your vision into reality.

If you haven’t done so already, formulate your plan of action and write it down. don’t keep it filed away in your head. Keep your plan in a place where you can see it everyday and use it, because…

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Committing your vision to paper in the form of a plan also helps build the courage and resolve that are required in order to be persistent in working toward your goal, whatever it is.despite the inevitable obstacles and failures along the way.

Having all the right tools for success is worthless if fear of failure keeps you from using them.

So, don’t let your vision drift away as a daydream. Make a detailed plan of how you will bring your vision to life, write it down and then WORK your plan diligently and courageously and watch the sparks fly.

Brave Enough To Fail inspires young people with the courage and preparation to activate their dreams, goals, gifts, and talents.

Your generous donations help launch the dreams of the next generation.

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About the author

Wayne Winsley is an award winning  motivational Keynote Speaker who has been inspiring others for over a decade. He is the founder and President of Brave Enough To Fail.

Know Your Dream THEN Follow It

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Follow your dream.  A simple instruction that is much easier said than done. And it is impossible to do if aren’t sure exactly what dream you’re supposed to be following.

How do you figure out what your dream, your destiny is?

Start by looking inward and asking yourself some questions.

What makes you…

Happy?

What is that thing that you love to do?

You’d be willing to do it every day for no money. (But you’ll take it of course)

Angry?

What is that problem that gets under your skin like no other and that you would love to solve?
Henry Ford was angered at the idea that it was impossible to mass produce an internal combustion engine.

Cry?

What is the issue or thing that you are so passionate about that it can bring you to tears?                                                                                                                 Nancy Goodman Brinker lost a beloved sister, but the world gained the Susan G. Komen For The cure Foundation.

What are you gifted to do?  What do you do best?

What is that thing that, when you do it, it brings out the very best in you?

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I welcome your comments and invite you to share your dreams.

Lets inspire one another.

www.winsley.com

And remember….