Firewall Centers was founded as a 501(c) (3) organization in July 2003 with the mission of transforming students in high risk communities into outstanding students and servant leaders. The vision was developed after the tragic drug overdose of a thirteen year old girl in one of South Florida’s most notorious trailer home communities. Moved by the tragedy, Davie residents Andy and Janeth Fernandez began organizing weekly youth meetings in the very same trailer home park in Davie where the young girl lived and died, providing wholesome activities and positive lessons for its youth.
Since 2010, the organization has expanded from one center reaching 40 students to now eight centers serving more than 400 students every day. Firewall Centers provides daily, school-based tutoring and mentoring services designed to help students achieve academic success, build character, and transform into servant leaders. And it’s not just a program – it’s a family. They commit to students not just for a month or a year, but from 6th grade through high school graduation.
I’ve been a supporter of Firewall Centers since their early days and through the years I’ve seen and documented many remarkable student success stories. And if you’re thinking that Firewall is just another after-school program, allow me to present the following video (produced by “yours truly”) into evidence. It outlines the process behind the rapid growth and success of this much needed program.