A Brief History
A New Day Foundation
The A New Day Foundation was formally founded in 2017 by Dawnn Lewis. For decades Ms. Lewis has used her celebrity platform for mentoring, lecturing, giving concerts and donating her time and talents to causes across America and abroad on behalf of Organizations such as UNICEF, UNCF, Congressional Black Caucus Against HIV AIDS, American Heart Assoc., KIS Foundation For Sickle Cell Disease, The Urban League, NAACP, SAG/AFTRA and others. She has served on the National Advisory Board of the National Center For Civil and Human Rights, since its inception and is now continuing this walk of service under the umbrella of her own nonprofit organization – A New Day Foundation 501(c)3.
Focused N FIT
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 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.
Several times a year, Dawnn Lewis hosts Self Esteem, Self Awareness and Image Building outings for Teen Girls 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.
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.
The A New Day Foundation collaborates with other non profit organizations that provide services for at-risk youth:
California Coalition on Economic Education, Junior Achievement, Aids Healthcare Foundation, UNCF, Brotherhood Crusade, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., The KISF For Sickle Cell Disease, EMPOWHER Institute, LAUSD, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Youth Leadership Conference, Educating Young Minds, Inc., USC Black Alumni, LA Lakers Youth Foundation, IX Winds Ranch Foundation