03/01/17

Veterans Organization Announces Mentoring Partnership

By Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs Philadelphia, a peer-learning environment for veteran entrepreneurs, today announced a community involvement partnership with The Travis Manion Foundation in conjunction with St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, an Independence Mission School.  The partnership allows veteran entrepreneurs from Bunker Labs PHL community to enrich the lives of middle school students through engaging presentations showcasing how veterans are impacting the community beyond just building businesses.

“St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is excited for the community partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation and Bunker Labs,” said Nicole Unegbu, Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.  “We are grateful for the support of the Travis Manion Foundation and mentors who will be role models for our middle school students helping to shape them as leaders of character and compassion. This collaboration allows us to continue our mission of promoting social and moral growth in lifelong learners.”

“Everyone associated with Bunker Labs PHL has a very high-level of respect for the Travis Manion Foundation and the work they do throughout this region to evangelize character,” said Joe Witte, Executive Director for Bunker Labs Philadelphia.  “It’s important for members of our cohort companies, who are well-educated and highly-respected individuals, to give back to our community. By supporting The Travis Manion Foundation, we are confident that we can impact the lives of students from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.”

“At the end of the day, both Bunker Labs and TMF share a passion for three things: innovation, collaboration–and most importantly–veteran empowerment. By joining forces, we now have the opportunity to add a fourth groundbreaking element–giving back,” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation.  “Together, we’re tapping the powerful resource of veteran leaders in the community, and putting them in front of young adults to serve as role models and mentors. This isn’t just changing the life of a single veteran or a single student.  It’s rebuilding an entire community.  We can’t wait to start this work with Bunker Labs in Philadelphia, and eventually, deliver this impact to the rest of the country.”