July 9, 2022
Our Foundation recently had two events: our annual Focused N F.I.T. Conference, as well as an outing for our teen boys program: MenTORS. We took a group of boys and their father to TOP GOLF and hosted a workshop day of Golf fundamentals, great fun & food, along with our signature “safe space” conversation. All led by esteemed actor, author & activist Dondré Whitfield assisted by his teenage son Dré.
It was an amazing day of growth, connection, empowerment and vulnerability, that none of us will soon forget!
Along with the golf and MenTORShip, each participant received: LA Lakers & LA Dodgers swag, a signed copy of Dondré’s book “Male vs Man”, ANDF Ts, bags, notebooks and more! The event was attended by 6 Son/Father, Father-Figure partners, and ANDF Board Members Arnold Hackett, Adrienne Lamar-Snider and founder Dawnn Lewis.
The A New Day Foundation was excited to seize the opportunity to create a “Broadway Experience” for the University of Miami Senior Drama Students! It was truly our pleasure to host these aspiring performers – the Senior Drama Students to attend the matinee of TINA The Musical, while they were doing their Senior Showcase here in NY. Our post show “talk back” was fantastic and hard to believe an hour and half could pass so quickly!
The students were joined by UofM alum and President Council Member Owen May. I am grateful to him for shifting his work schedule around at the last minute, in order to attend with the students. Owen is a very successful Financial Analyst and he definitely made a positive impression on them as well.
The ANDF is excited to announce that 45 students from Inglewood High School, St. Bernard High School, Jordan High School and the A New Day Foundation, spent the day at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX), learning the in’s & out’s of working in aviation from LAX Employees during LAWA’s (Los Angeles World Airports), Job Shadow Day! We sincerely thank LAWA, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center for participating in this awesome event.
ANDF Sponsors Appreciation Reception
The A New Day Foundation was proud to salute our Focused N F.I.T. For A Different World Conference Sponsors and partners. The reception also celebrated the One Year Anniversary of the Foundations Official Launch. Nearly 70 guests attended the lovely affair hosted by the Junior Achievement Organization at the Finance Park Location in Los Angeles. Among those in attendance & honored for their support: ANDF Board Members George Gibbs, Arnold Hackett, Cheri Haft, Adrienne Lamar-Snider; Los Angeles Urban League President Michael Lawson; Jan Perry; XEROX Corp, UPS, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ off; Louis Lucido; USC; LAUSD; SoCal Gas; RBC Wealth Management; AIDS Healthcare Foundation; Coca Cola Foundation; US Bank; Northrup Grumman; YWCA and Representative Karen Bass’ office honored the A New Day Foundation with a Commendation For Our Service To The Community!The A New Day Foundation presented Scholarships of $2,000.00 each and new laptop computers to Eight (8) deserving students. Computers Sponsored By: Malcolm Goodwin & Arnie Burghoff. Scholarships Sponsored By: UNCF
May 26, 2018
In the Spring of 2018, the A New Day Foundation presented the “Focused N Financially & Technology Informed (F.I.T.) For A Different World” program, on USC’s campus in Los Angeles. The foundation and its program partners offered a day long conference that provided tangible tools of financial and technological literacy, as well as motivational skills and scholarships to low to moderate income college and college bound high school students and their parents.The A New Day Foundation presented Scholarships of $2,000.00 each and new laptop computers to Eight (8) deserving students. Computers Sponsored By: Malcolm Goodwin & Arnie Burghoff. Scholarships Sponsored By: UNCF
July 21, 2018
July 2018 The A New Day Foundation hosted 12 of our MenTORS on an outing to the National Bill Pickett Rodeo! Our MenTORS attended the Bill Pickett Rodeo where the A New Day Foundation provided lunch and empowerment workshops, after which, they were treated to an exciting evening of Cowboys & Cowgirls, Bronco Busting, Roping and Riding, like they’d never before seen. The Foundation arranged for a number of the cowboys to speak with the MenTORS, sharing their experience of being a Black Cowboy in America, and what is involved in the care and keeping of horses, and following your dreams. The MenTORS learned a lot, and where the group began as strangers, they ended the day having made strong connections with the other young men in the group.
This was done in partnership with Glynn & Jo An Turman’s IX Winds Ranch Foundation.
August 18, 2018
The A New Day Foundation hosted 20 of our Our Sisters Hangout! teens to an overnight retreat at Camp Gid D Up! A dude-ranch experience hosted by Glynn & Jo An Turman and their IX Winds Ranch Foundation. For the last 28 years, the Turman’s have turned their desert multi-acre ranch, into a summer camp for Inner City Youth. Our Sisters Hangout Teens spent all day learning how to ride horses, rope steers, archery training, arts n crafts, camping out & more! The A New Day Foundation infused the day with conversations about positive self imaging, healthy life choices, and closed out the evening with our “safe space” workshop by the campfire, under the stars! We awoke the next day, and did it all over again! The lives of the 20 girls that participated, will never be the same!
November 18, 2018
The A New Day Foundation partnered with LA Studios & Blizzard Entertainment to host a joint outing for 16 of our MenTORS & Sisters Hangout! Teens! On November 10, the Teens spent the day getting firsthand knowledge and experience in the creation of animation & video game projects! The sessions were held at one of the most prestigious recording studios in Los Angeles – LA Studios, and the teens were instructed by Ms. Lewis in the creation and performance of character voices; by award winning director – Andrea Toyias, on how to break down scripts & direct voice over actors; and engineer – Oleg Belogorsky, in the techniques of audio engineering, recording and microphone set ups for animation & video games! By the end of the Workshop Session, each teen experienced all three crucial elements of developing an animated project! Lunch was provided, as well the empowerment workshop that the A New Day Foundation is committed to offering for their growth and improved self awareness. In our experience, these “safe-space” conversations have been life savers & game changers for our Teens.
May 4, 2019
In the Spring of 2019, the A New Day Foundation will present the “Focused N Financially & Technology Informed (F.I.T.) For A Different World” program, at LA Trade Tech College in Los Angeles. The foundation and its program partners will offer a day long conference providing tangible tools of financial and technological literacy, as well as motivational skills and scholarships to low to moderate income college and college bound high school students and their parents.The A New Day Foundation will present Scholarships and new laptop computers to Eight (8) deserving students.
Sisters Hangout; Several times a year, Dawnn Lewis hosts Self Esteem, Self Awareness and Image Building outings for Teen Girls ages 13 – 19 in groups of 8 – 20 at a time. At each outing, a small group of women 21 and over, joins her to create a safe space for these hard to reach teens to share & discuss difficult subjects, teach them etiquette, cooking, fellowship, self esteem, while exposing them to new experiences, cultural opportunities, guest speakers, and more.
“A NEW DAY Concert For A Cause: The Entertainment Family Gives Back”; This bi-annual event is a unique All-Star concert experience, featuring celebrity Musicians, Civic Leaders, Singers, Artists & Performers, generously DONATING their performance/appearance to raise awareness & financial support for community based non-profit organizations that serve the Inner City Community. Past beneficiaries: Los Angeles Urban League, EMPOWHER Institute, K.I.S.Foundation For Sickle Cell Disease.
MenTORS : Men Talking Of Relevant Situations; Several Times a year, Dawnn Lewis hosts SelfEsteem, Self Awareness and Image Building outings for Teen Boys ages 13 – 19 in groups of 8 – 20 at a time. At each outing, a small group of men 21 and over, joins her to create a safe space for these hard to reach teens to share & discuss difficult subjects, teach them life skills, male-to-male fellowship & empowerment, self esteem, social skills, while exposing them to new experiences, cultural opportunities, guest speakers and more.
MenTORS Top Golf Event Photos
Focused N F.I.T. For A Different World
Focused N F.I.T. For A Different World — “ANDF Sponsors Appreciation Reception”
MenTORS & Sisters Hangout! @ LA Studios / BLIZZARD Entertainment Animation Creation Workshop