2021 Red Cross Class of Heroes: Phalon Carpenter, Education Hero

As a professional mentor with Friends of the Children, Phalon Carpenter works with 2nd and 3rd graders facing high levels of adversity. She is committed to mentoring this group of students from kindergarten through high school. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Phalon has broken boundaries to make sure her mentees don’t fall behind as school has gone virtual. She trained students’ caregivers and families to use technology for the children’s online schooling. As parents have had to balance work and their children’s education, she developed a routine for her mentees to make sure they can be ready for classes every morning.

Because of her commitment to supporting her students and those who care for them, the 2021 Red Cross is honoring Phalon with the 2021 Education Hero award, sponsored by William Blair.

An investment in education yields nothing but positive returns. William Blair’s charitable contributions are 100% employee inspired and their colleagues consistently prioritize equitable access to education and youth development in their giving. Supporting the Education Hero is a natural fit and William Blair is proud to honor Phalon Carpenter for her extraordinary mentorship and ongoing commitment to her students.

Learn more about the 2021 Red Cross Heroes, and how you can help here. All gifts will be matched up to $215,000 through May 2021, thanks to the generous local support of Better, Fran & John Edwardson, and Susan & Nick Noyes. Make a gift today!