Savings Bank of Danbury Awards $1,000 to Brave Enough To Fail’s BOSS Academy Program

Wayne Winsley, CEO Brave Enough To Fail, Gretchen Barbieri, Branch Relationship Manager Savings Bank of Danbury

Wayne Winsley, CEO Brave Enough To Fail, Gretchen Barbieri, Branch Relationship Manager Savings Bank of Danbury

Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation has awarded Brave Enough To Fail, a grant of $1,000 to support it’s BOSS Academy Program in the greater Danbury area.

BOSS Academy is a 12 session course that equips middle and high school students with the tools and resources to dream Big, get Out of their comfort zone, Strategize for success, and Stick to their goals.

Wayne Winsley, founder and CEO of Brave Enough To Fail said,

“ On behalf of the students we serve, I am thankful and honored to receive this generous grant. Savings Bank of Danbury continues to be an outstanding example of the corporate and nonprofit partnership that is vital to improving lives and building sustainable communities. They are directly investing in the success of the next generation and we are so very thankful for that.”

BOSS Academy, a 12-session course for middle and high schools designed to help students take charge and be the boss of their dreams.

Students receive instruction on time tested principles and best practices. We combine this with exposure to contemporary knowledge and experiential wisdom provided directly from successful professionals and entrepreneurs working in fields relevant to the dreams and goals of participating students.

The course is available as an elective or as an after school program or even a summer program.

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Danbury Kiwanis & BETF Award Scholarship to Faith Prep Student

From left, Foster Crawford, Danbury Kiwanis Secretary, Allison DuBois, Scholarship winner, Wayne Winsley, CEO Brave Enough To Fail.

The Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury and Brave Enough To Fail teamed up once again to award a $1,000 scholarship to a local senior.

Allison Dubois, the valedictorian of her graduating class, at Faith Preparatory in New Milford will be studying Biophysical Science at Regent University in Virginia.

Foster Crawford, Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury said,

“It is our pleasure to work alongside Brave Enough To Fail in providing scholarships to deserving students who are advancing their education and have shown leadership and compassion along the way.”

Brave Enough To Fail is an educational nonprofit that provides motivational programs and scholarships to students.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Danbury is a nonprofit community service organization geared toward meeting community needs and fostering good will.

Local Company Steps In To Inspire Students

Pro Property Management of Brookfield has stepped forward as the first local business to sponsor Brave Enough To Fail’s Boss Academy. 

The 12-week course is now being provided to students at Faith Preparatory School in New Milford. 

Adrianne Angel, co-owner of Pro Property Management says,

“As a small family owned company, Pro Property Management enjoys the opportunity to support  multiple community based programs .  When we heard about the Brave Enough to Fail program we immediately knew it aligned perfectly with our passion for giving back.   Muhammad Ali said it best, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” We look forward to partnering with the Boss Academy so together we can help future generations achieve their dreams.”

Brave Enough To Fail’s Boss Academy equips students with practical and actionable tools, including goal-setting, strategic planning, and effective communication to achieve success in school and beyond. 

Boss Academy also helps students develop in the five SEL core areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. 

Brave Enough To Fail’s mission is to close the achievement gap between lower-income students and their more affluent peers by cultivating a new generation of leaders creators, and achievers.

Click here to learn how you or your company can help

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 or donate directly here

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.

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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

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

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



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.

Nonprofits Team up To Motivate Students

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Brave Enough To Fail and Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury are extremely pleased to announce our new partnership.

The two organizations will work together in providing motivational programming and scholarships to area high schools.

Area Key Clubs will be invited to sponsor BETF presentations at high schools in Danbury, Bethel, New Milford, New Fairfield, Brookfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.

Danbury Kiwanis Club President Matt Bartelme commented,

“We are definitely excited about this opportunity to work with Brave Enough To Fail. They are another nonprofit that is as passionate as we are about enriching the lives of children to build stronger communities.

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

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

Kiwanis member Foster Crawford, a former assistant superintendent of schools in Waterbury and Stamford indicated that,

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

The goal is to begin presentations and award the first scholarships this school year.

to learn how your Kiwanis and Key Leader Clubs can work with us in your area contact:

Wayne Winsley

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