Fox News & CBS News Radio Anchor Joins Brave Enough To Fail  

CONTACT: Education, Non-Profit Wayne Winsley, CEO/Founder


Fox News & CBS News Radio Anchor to serve as Media Relations Advisor

New Milford, Conn. – Ann Karrick joins the Advisory Board of Brave Enough To Fail (BETF), in the key role of Media Relations Advisor. Karrick is expected to bring her depth of experience in broadcasting, marketing, and communications to action, offering sound and impartial advice on matters related to news, media, and communications. Currently, Karrick is a network news anchor with Fox News Radio; she’s also known for her work with CBS News Radio in New York, Boston, and Hartford.

“Ann Karrick has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and relationships, earned through a long and storied broadcasting career. She also has business experience in marketing, public relations, media relations, social media, and information technology. Her business networking contacts, wise advice, and experience running a business and mentoring will be of great help to Brave Enough To Fail and B.O.S.S. Academy,” explained Wayne Winsley, CEO and Founder of BETF and B.O.S.S Academy.

Karrick excels at articulating and explaining complex issues. She is a news anchor, correspondent, and talk show host for both radio and television. Before broadcasting, she worked for IBM, AT&T, Golf Digest, and Advantage International (now Octagon), a sports marketing company, as well as public relations and advertising agencies. Karrick also regularly runs a voting location on election days, managing a team of poll workers. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Hollins University with a degree in Computational Sciences and has a certificate in Financial Management from the IBM Advanced Business Institute.

BETF is a student-focused educational nonprofit, providing free motivational programs, resources, and scholarships to middle and high school students. Our mission is to close achievement gaps by cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers by inspiring young people with courage to pursue their dreams and giving them the skills for success. B.O.S.S. Academy teaches students to have Big dreams, be brave enough to work Outside their comfort zone, create a Strategy for success, and Stick to the pursuit.

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New Milford Living Magazine Features the Winsley Family

The founding family of Brave Enough To Fail was fortunate to be featured in the November issue of New Milford Living magazine. The article is below.

Special thanks to

Dan Olsen, publisher of New Milford Living Magazine

Janet Taub of Planet Photography

David Dunleavey

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Boss Academy Inspires Students at Danbury Youth Services

Danbury Boss Academy Students show off their books, tee-shirts, & backpacks.

New Milford based nonprofit, Brave Enough To Fail has just wrapped up a very successful Boss Academy class for the great students at Danbury Youth Services.

Boss Academy equips students with motivation, tools, and techniques to literally take charge of their own destiny and be the boss of their dreams. Students learn how to set big goals, get out of their comfort zone, strategize for success, and develop perseverance to not give up on themselves.

Students also get firsthand career information and success tips from entrepreneurs and professionals like Fox News radio anchor Ann Karrick and Beardsley Zoo Education Director Jim Knox who spoke via ZOOM.

Danbury Youth Services Program Director, Michelli Anatolio said, “The students learned so much and they really loved the class, for many of them it was their favorite part of the week.”

The six-week course was provided as a summer program and made possible through the generosity of several businesses and foundations who stepped forward as sponsors, including

Service Stars of Danbury,

The Flood Law Firm,

iDaydream Studios,

The Japajag Foundation.

Brave Enough To Fail is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that combines motivational programming, educational resources, and financial aid to help students succeed in school and beyond.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, supporter, or to bring these programs to your students, vist our website.

Or contact us via email

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.

Anonymous Donor Gives $15,000 To Inspire Students

Some people just want to see you succeed. Case in point, an anonymous donor has sown a $15,000 seed into Brave Enough To Fail’s online fundraiser, to help the nonprofit grow to the next level. The person does not want their name released or any form of personal recognition. They just want to help Brave Enough To Fail inspire more students to succeed. They are also hoping that their action will inspire others to give as well.

A collaboration of people working together to help our students in these trying times.

New Milford based, Brave Enough To Fail, is a student-focused nonprofit that provides free motivational programs, scholarships, and SEL-based courses to middle and high school students nationwide.

Wayne Winsley, founder and CEO commented,

Our mission is closing the achievement gap for low-income students and cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, & achievers. Between the COVID-19 closures and the social unrest in our nation, students in lower-income and minority schools need all the encouragement they can get!”

Donations go directly toward funding scholarships, the Boss Academy elective or after school course, and other motivational programs.

Brave Enough To Fail, lets students know that their dreams matter and their education is key to making those dreams come true.

Please click here and make a donation today to help us reach the schools and students that desperately need this program.  

Over the past five years Brave Enough To Fail has reached over 15,000 students and awarded $50,000 in scholarships to students attending  college or trade school. Brave Enough To Fail scholars have a 90% college graduation rate!

The “Boss of your dream” presentation motivates and inspires students with the courage to pursue their dreams.

BETF’s Boss Academy is a 12 week SEL-based course, available as an elective or after-school program, that equips students with the tools needed to achieve their dreams. 

The up to $5,000 in scholarships at each school served provides financial aid to make those dreams happen.

You can help Brave Enough To Fail reach their goal of $250,000 by making a donation here.

The Man Behind the Movement

Everyone has a dream – a dream to be a dancer, a dream to be an artist, or a dream to be anything they can fulfill in life. Some people may be apprehensive to follow their dreams due to current circumstances and believing that their dreams may be ruined because of it – not to Wayne Winsley. Now, who is Wayne Winsley? Wayne Winsley, is a former radio broadcaster, and speaker for Monster Worldwide’s Making it Count Program in 2010, where he spoke at over 200 high schools nationwide. Wayne focused on one main goal – to motivate and guide young individuals to pursue their aspirations.

While working for the Making It Count Program, Wayne realized something very crucial: educators were desperate for programs that would help more students become engaged and invested in their own education. But the schools that need it and would benefit from such programs, have no funds to put towards them. Therefore, Wayne decided to be a helping hand, and did it for a personal reason too.

At 14 years old, Wayne faced a variety of issues. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised by his great grandmother until she was unable to take care of him. Eventually, Wayne was transferred into the child welfare system, became an orphan, and was also placed in Boys Town – an organization designed to nurture abused or neglected teenage boys and develop them into responsible men. During these tough times, Wayne failed the eight grade and when his second year came around, he quit attending school. He had no interest in going back for a while, leading him on a path toward prison or the cemetery.

“If you added up the days that I went to school that year without skipping any classes, it would probably add up to about two weeks,” Wayne mentioned.

There was a conversation he had overheard from a friend and his friend’s father one day. They discussed the importance of succession,“Always strive for excellence. I don’t care what you do, just be excellent at something because excellence will overcome poverty, prejudice, and adversity every time.” Because of this statement, Wayne began to change his ways and returned to school to finish what he started. That choice changed the trajectory of his life. Wayne is living proof that a positive message can transform you and your life. He has dedicated himself to delivering that message to as many young people as possible. As a result, the Brave Enough to Fail Program was born.

In 2015, Wayne launched Brave Enough to Fail (BETF)  as a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit providing free motivational speeches and scholarships to high schools and high school students at no cost. This program is the first organization to combine motivational messaging, ongoing support, and financial aid in one package to help students succeed in school and beyond. For the past four years, BETF has reached over 15,000 students ranging from New York to Washington state, having scholarship winners attending a dozen different colleges and trade schools nationwide. Schools across the country are now discovering the BETF program, valuing its potential impact and requesting it for other students. 26 states have reached out to seek this program for their school districts. The demand has been expected to increase exponentially as educators are seeking tools to assist their students to re-engage after the COVID-19 closures.

“I see our organization as something similar to Amazon in 1995. It’s this thing that hasn’t been done before and many don’t understand what it is yet, but as it grows more people will realize what it is and what it’s doing and want to be a part of it,” Wayne said.

BETF has been growing and will continue to grow over time. Most recently, the educational leadership of Bridgeport, Connecticut requested the program for all high schools in the city for the upcoming school year. From the hard work Wayne has put into making this program possible, he is glad to see a positive outcome from it. Despite the obstacles he experienced, Wayne found a strategy to overcome his failures and now uses it as a major platform for his success in guiding young individuals to a better path.

After all, there is a fundamental law of success that says, “Solve a problem or fill a need.” You can do either or to fulfill someone’s dream.

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

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 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

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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

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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. @waynewinsley @betf

Happy Birthday America, New Patriots are On The Way

As we celebrate the birthday of the United States of America on the 4Th of July, it is fitting that we remember those who worked so hard to found a nation based on the principle that all men and women are created equal and sacrificed so much to secure our God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

For many Americans the Independence Day celebration may be dampened by fears that America’s founding principles are in danger of being replaced by something else. With more voices speaking against those principles, more divisive messaging in our media, and surveys saying more young people than ever are open to accepting socialist ideas, those fears are understandable. How can we turn all that around?

We can turn it around by increasing the number of young people that have a sense of their own self worth. Historically, socialism, communism and other systems that have tried to make everything “fair” and make everyone “the same”, have always ultimately failed because it is impossible to totally stamp out the God-given desire for individual achievement. The Declaration of Independence says, “All men are created equal”, which is absolutely true… But, we are NOT all created the same.  We each have individual dreams and destinies that are endowed to us by our creator. We turn things around by reminding our young people about that! 

 Motivated people with the courage to pursue their dreams have always been a problem for socialists. Which brings us to another reason to celebrate. There is an organization who’s mission is inspiring such people.

 Brave Enough To Fail, America’s number one student motivational program, is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit that provides free presentations and scholarships to high schools. 

Our mission is raising student achievement by inspiring students with the courage to achieve their dreams. By doing that, we create a new generation of Leaders, Creators, & Achievers. Inspired and motivated young people who have the attitude of…Why settle for what the government might hand you, when you can get much more by using what God has already given you?

Individuals who are more likely to support ideas like fiscal responsibility, constitutional principles. and less intrusive government.

Since 2016 BETF has reached over 10,000 students many of whom are now new voters, and has scholarship winners currently attending great schools like Liberty University, Oral Roberts University, and North-Point Bible College.

We need the help of our fellow Americans because we absolutely cannot do it alone. You can help our mission to strengthen America by making a tax deductible donation today. Please give any amount, $5 $10 $25 $50 $100 $250 $500 $1,000

And this Independence Day, join us in saying,

Happy Birthday America, new patriots are on the way.

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

Brave Enough To Fail and Kiwanis Celebrate Partnership

Brave Enough To Fail and the Kiwanis Club Foundation of Greater Danbury celebrated their successful partnership recently at the annual Kiwanis For Kids breakfast held at the Ethan Allen Hotel.

Left to right; Michael Doyle, Board Chair, Brave Enough To Fail, Doug Schmeltz, Danbury Kiwanis Club President,
Wayne Winsley, Executive Director, Brave Enough To Fail.

Brave Enough To Fail provides free motivational presentations and up to $5,000 in scholarships to high schools. Our mission is cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers.

Being brave enough to risk failure is a NON-NEGOTIABLE requirement for success in any venture. That is our founding philosophy and the core of the inspiring message that we deliver to students.

Kiwanis Key Club is a student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

Through the partnership, Key Clubs host the assembly style motivational presentations for the student body, typically the sophomore or senior class. The local Kiwanis Club receives co-branding on the event and scholarships as well.

Key Clubbers can host monthly Brave Enough To Fail career opportunity sessions with local business leaders and professionals.

Key Club members in the schools we serve, are now empowered to bestow their own, Brave Enough To Fail, Key to Success scholarship upon a student that they nominate themselves.

Norwalk High Key Clubbers & Wayne Winsley

Together, Kiwanis and Brave Enough To Fail are reaching hundreds more students and awarding thousands more dollars in scholarships. Key Clubs are energized and empowered to become even bigger difference makers in their schools and communities.

Brave Enough To Fail is extending this partnership to Kiwanis clubs and their Key Clubs nationwide. Join us by contacting us for more information. Message us here or send an email.