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.

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Jessica Rathmann Takes 2nd Nationwide in Short Story Contest

 

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Jessica Rathmann is a 14 year old writing & reading fandom fan of San Antonio, Texas. She has always enjoyed writing and has taken it seriously for the past two years. She admins a young writers group on Facebook and her favorite authors currently are Sarah J Maas, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, and J.K. Rowling.

Her contest entry, The Story Gets Harder with Every Word is a cautionary tale that could come straight out of today’s headlines. It is written with a depth of emotion and gravitas that belies the author’s young age. This may be a fictional story but it delivers a message that is all to real and that EVERYONE should hear.

In the eyes of the judges, Jessica’s story stood out above all the entries in her category but one, and earned her second place the 17 years old and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

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Sarah Tehuitoa Wins $1,000 Grand Prize in Nationwide Short Story Contest

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Sarah Tehuitoa is a 21 year old English major from Pahrump Nevada, commutes weekly to classes at University of Las Vegas.  She is working her way through college by working at a grocery store. She entered the contest on her 21st birthday. Sarah says,

“All I have ever wanted to be is a writer. It’s been my dream ever since I was little, and I haven’t been able to give it up so far. Books and music are my passion, but if I had to chose between the two, I wouldn’t ever be able to give up my writing. So far, it’s been a rough road. I mean, I’ve had a great life so far, no problems whatsoever, but it’s not exactly been easy for me having a dream that doesn’t exactly have a stable future. My parents are always telling me to make sure that I have a job that I can support myself in, but I’ve always equated that with having something like an office job because my dream is not exactly steady. But now, well, I think I have a chance.”

She most definitely has more than just a chance according to contest judge Ethan Carey, host of the Rock & Roll Morning Show on WRKI I-95FM.  He says Miss Tehuitoa’s writing style reminds him of James Patterson or Daniel Silva.

Her short story, “The Sands of Time” is a gritty (pun intended) tale of love, loss, despair, and just maybe a shot at redemption with a dash of magic thrown in as a tantalizing garnish. That recipe was just enough to get a one vote edge on the second place finisher and claim the $1,000 grand prize in the 18 years and older category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. Learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

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17 Yr Old Homeschooler Wins Top Youth Prize in Nationwide Short Story Contest

 

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Isabel Adams is a 17 year old young lady from Weare, NH. who’s always had a passion for writing, photography, and singing gospel music.
She has proven over and over that dreams are realized through determination and work.
She also has a desire for nursing. She’s a homeschool student in her senior year.
But lets talk about her writing. Creating and developing a character that the reader can both relate to and care about is a challenge.  Taking the reader on a journey with that character, a journey that is filled with harrowing adventure, a struggle against seemingly insurmountable challenges, a dramatic and satisfying climax, and valuable life lessons for one and all is even more challenging. Doing all that in less than 6,000 words is , well…its really really hard.
Isabel Adams did all that in her short story, Spirit of The Warrior.
That’s why she won the $500 top prize in the 17 years and under category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest which benefits Brave Enough To Fail Inc. a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools. learn more about Brave Enough to Fail here  and Subscribe to our newsletter to get early word on the next contest!

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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

 

 

 

Poor, Black, & Unreachable At 14

By Wayne Winsley

Founder & Executive Director of Brave Enough To Fail Inc.

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. Instead I went on to serve my country honorably in the United States Navy which honed my discipline, self-confidence, and work ethic. Those tools gave me the courage to pursue my dream of being a standup comic which in turn led to a two decade career as a radio broadcaster.  The communication skills I developed over that time prepared me to become what I am today, a teacher, and a multi award-winning motivational speaker 

I know first hand that even without intention, a word 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 through my organization.

Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.

The mission is to raise student achievement by inspiring kids with the courage to achieve their dreams and to help students see their education as a way to get what they want from life. To narrow the education achievement gap by focusing on the student end of the equation with a message of courage, hard work, self-discipline, and determination.

High schools nationwide are requesting this message for their students.

This  summer we have received unsolicited requests for the Brave Enough To Fail program, for the 2017-2018 school year, from schools in over ten states. (See the list below)

Rather than saying, “No we can’t help you.” We are taking a leap of faith and committing to raising the funds needed to deliver the message to the thousands of students at these schools that,  Their Dreams Are Important And Achievable!

There are other young people out there who just like I was, are one positive message away from overcoming the poverty, prejudice, and adversity that is standing between them and achieving a better life for themselves.

That is why I am asking the questions,

Is there at least one corporation in this great nation that would like their brand to be known for motivating and inspiring youth across America?

If you are that corporation, please contact us at info@BraveEnoughToFail.org

Are there fellow citizens willing to sow seeds of success into the youth of our communities? 

If you are that citizen, please make a donation here. 

Partial list of schools that have reached out and requested Brave Enough To Fail

Crest High School, Shelby NC.

Cathedral High School, New York NY.

Urban Assembly of Media Studies, New York NY.  

 Whitestone High School, Delta Junction Alaska

Sultan Sr High, Sultan Washington

Cicely Tyson High, East Orange New Jersey

St. Timothy’s School, Raleigh NC

Briar Woods High School, Ashburn VA.

Ferndale High, Johnstown PA.

Scottsburg High, Scottsburg IN.

Little Rock Arkansas School District

Martin County School District, Stuart Florida

Integrated Arts Academy, Chaska MN.

Frederick Banting School, Ottawa Ontario

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BETF Person Of Courage Tarick Walton

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“Do not let the world dampen your dreams.”

Those words are the motto of a poor Jamaican boy who grew up with a dream of public service.

At age twelve, Tarick Walton  saw the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the top engineering school on a list of the top colleges in America. He immediately fixed attending MIT as a goal in his mind.

Despite his humble beginnings and through all of the adversities and challenges he faced along the way, Tarick never wavered from his goal. He never gave up on his dream.

Today, Tarick is an MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) trained problem solver, a Georgetown University educated business leader and a globally inspired artist who aspires to inspire, mentor and motivate youth at all stages of the educational spectrum to pursue big dreams in Science and Arts.

Click the video for Tarick’s valuable tips for you to accomplish your goals!

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Expert: Achievement Gap a National Crisis

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By Kim Wilcox

(originally published May 9 2017 by DiverseEducation.com)

There is a national crisis in American higher education, and it threatens to exacerbate the most pressing challenges facing our nation. Consider this sobering fact: For every 10 African-American students who enter college, only four will graduate. Just four in 10. That is a shameful record, and we cannot hope to address the underlying causes of social and economic inequality in our country if this trend continues.

College enrollment in the U.S. continues to stand at record highs.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. colleges and universities enrolled 20.5 million students last fall, an increase of 5.2 million students compared to 2000. This upward trend is likewise true across ethnic categories. Between 2000 and 2014 (the latest year for which we have national data on ethnicity), undergraduate enrollment among African-American students increased a phenomenal 57 percent, and enrollment among Latino students more than doubled.

But, as a college degree has become a prerequisite for getting into the middle class and beyond, enrollment is not enough. In the marketplace, job applicants with some or no college will lose out to a college graduate almost every time. Additionally, students who do not complete their degrees often face thousands of dollars in debt without the means to repay it.

USA Today reported last year that students who drop out of college are four times more likely to default on their student loans compared to those who graduated. If six in 10 African-American students aren’t completing their degrees, it doesn’t take much to see the ramifications for individuals, communities and the entire nation.

Read full article here

Dr. Kim Wilcox is the chancellor of UC Riverside.

Brave Enough to Fail is augmenting other efforts to close the education achievement gap by working at the student level to spark and sustain the burning desire to achieve in as many students as possible.

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#Inspiring Kids to Achieve Their Dreams

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Over 400 students at Bartlett Senior & Junior High School in Webster Massachusetts received a powerful message of courage, determination, and achievement.

The “Be the Boss of Your Dream” presentation is geared toward inspiring students with the courage to overcome adversity, achieve their dreams, and to see their education as a way to get what they want out of life.  Take a look.

The presentation was made possible thanks to a generous, and anonymous sponsor.

BraveEnough to Fail provides free motivational programs and scholarships to high schools.To request the Brave Enough to Fail program for your students visit http://www.BraveEnoughToFail.org

Please make a donation today to help raise student achievement by inspiring kids to achieve their dreams.

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John House, a BETF Person of Courage

 

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John House grew up with 6 brothers and sisters in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. His family was typical of most families at the time living month-to-month to make ends meet. They alternated between months where all the bills could be paid and months where they needed help from food stamps.

As a kid, John stood out as a straight A student in school. His parents stressed that education was the key to getting out of poverty. John was also a good athlete playing baseball, basketball and soccer. He always dreamed of going to college on a sports scholarship.

However things change around the time he turned 13. John moved in with his older brother a few miles away because his parents house was full. His sisters had become teenage moms and were now living at home with their new families.

A short while later his parents got divorced and John moved back in with his father to take care of his younger brother while their dad went to work. Their neighborhood was a tough one with regular gang violence and shootings. On multiple occasions as a teenager John had been shot at and personally witnessed friends and strangers getting shot.

Once in high school things got progressively worse. John faced pressure from various gangs and individuals to sell drugs, steal cars for cash and commit violent crimes. He had stopped going to school and gave up on any hope of going to college. It was at this point when he witnessed a fatal shooting from 2 feet away that John knew he had to do something different.

Fortunately John’s dad decided he couldn’t afford to keep the house they grew up in anymore and moved to a cheaper suburb of Dallas. John quickly got a job at an office supply store. About 6 months later John’s dad decided to kick him out of their apartment. So at 17, John was now out on his own and working full time.

This adversity actually gave him more encouragement to succeed. He vowed to himself to show his family and the world that he could get the college degree he dreamed of as a kid. So John took his high school equivalency test and then enrolled in the local community college. He worked full-time during the day and went to classes from 5-10 p.m. every night.

After 2 years John had enough credits and a high enough GPA to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to study civil engineering. From there he went on to join the Air Force and served 8 years in the public affairs and marketing career fields. After leaving the Air Force, John used his GI Bill benefits to get a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland University College and a Masters in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.

John continued his career outside of the military working as a manager and director at various companies and government agencies. In 2013 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and required major surgery to remove the tumor. The recovery process was going to take 6-12 months. During this time he was let go by his employer. So at this point John had a wife and 3 children to support and no job. He also didn’t know if his cancer had already spread to other internal organs or exactly what his future held if he had to receive more treatment.

So John’s family sold their house and everything they owned and moved to England, where his wife was originally from. Less than a year later another tumor was found in his lymph nodes, but luckily it was away from any vital organs and easily removed with surgery.

John continued his recovery in England and almost by necessity started his own business because of the need to have job flexibility. This ended up being a blessing in disguise. John discovered that he could actually make money at doing the things he really enjoyed and was naturally good at.

He started his marketing agency with one client and built up new clients 1-at-a-time through referrals. He quickly leveraged his initial business relationships to take on more work and expanded from marketing consulting to market research and social media marketing. His company now does work for small and medium sized businesses, as well as performing marketing campaigns for bigger brands like KFC and Starbucks.

Today, John House is the Owner and Managing Director of Pintrical, a marketing agency based in England. On his way to becoming an entrepreneur, John has overcome poverty, surviving gang related violence, being a high-school dropout and most recently pancreatic cancer.

 

Want so tips on how to get started on following your dream?

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Brave Enough to Fail Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit. Our mission is to raise student achievement by inspiring students to become fully engaged in their education as a way to achieve their dreams. Click Hear to Learn how you can help.

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