Firewall Centers Celebrates Servant Leaders

Rosa Fuentes, Arnold Fuentes (Firewall student) Taylor Grippo

Firewall Centers currently serves more than 400 students in eight public schools and provides them with the tutoring and mentoring they need in order to succeed in life. The students, their Firewall mentors, and community partners gathered at Firewall’s Servant Leader Celebration on May 14th to commemorate the students on their successes.

The graduating High School Seniors were recognized, including Arnold Fuentes, a Firewall student that has been in the program since 6th grade. Arnold received a four-year full ride scholarship to Dartmouth College and will be graduating in the top 10 of his class of over 700 students!

“I won’t ever forget the times that my Firewall mentor, Taylor Grippo, spent talking with me about my goals and my grades. She has remained committed to my success since the instant that we met. During my ACT and SAT prep, during my college applications; she was always there,” said Fuentes.

Todd Templin (Firewall Board Member) Eric Yutzy, Andy Fernandez (Firewall Executive Director) Anita Fain Taylor (Firewall Board Member)

Keynote speaker, Anita Fain Taylor, shared with the students that “regardless of what job you are given, as small as it may seem, give it your all.”

The Servant Leader Celebration hosted by Eric Yutzy of Local 10 News was a great finish to the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more about the tutoring and mentoring program, visit

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