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R.O.S.E Academy, a mentoring program for inner city youth, providing multifaceted mentoring and training activities targeted to youths between the ages of 10 and 18. Topics include Goalsetting, the staple of the program; Time Management, Interview Skills, Money Management and Communications. R.O.S.E Academy seeks students with the ability and desire to excel in a demanding yet fun program that is designed to help youth learn the secrets of improving communication and life skills through personal development.

R.O.S.E Academy is separated into two learning groups; Life Skills and Youth Leadership. Life Skills focuses on the development growth of belonging and generosity for our youth between the ages of 10-12 years old. Youth Leadership focuses on the development growth of mastery and independence for our youth between the ages of 13-18 years old. The groups will initially be instructed separately and throughout the course of the program the two groups will intertwine to collaboratively complete workshops.


R.O.S.E believes when these growth needs are met then youth have a higher degree of leading a self-secure, pro-social approach to life. Contrary, when these growth needs are not met or lack balance then emotional and behavioral difficulties can ensue. Thus, meeting universal growth needs and enhancing life skills achievement becomes essential components for youth to transition into adulthood.

Learning Groups

Life Skills (10-12 years old)


  • Provide an abundance of opportunities to connect with peers through use of structure and unstructured activities

  • Provide opportunities for youth and adults to be together in meaningful situations (mentoring)

  • Facilitate the development of life-long connections with family, friends and significant adults/youths for all youth

  • Practice valuing diversity (including culture, generational difference, sexual orientation, political views, religious views, opinions/views about policies, procedures, and program rules, educational goals, etc.)



  • Provide service learning and volunteer opportunities based on individual youth’s interest and goals rather than having all participants “Volunteer” at a pre-arranged facility/opportunity

  • Discuss the impact of youth’s actions and in-actions on themselves, their peers, their community and the world

  • Recognize youth when they select and complete a service learning project

  • Provide youth with the tools they need to be successful at the service learning opportunity (do they need tools, books, a class on a specific topic, a supportive adult to talk to, transportation arrangements, etc.)

Youth Leadership (13-18 years old)




  • Provide opportunities for hands-on activities and experiential learning

  •  Incorporate competitive and cooperative games/sports

  • ​​ Lifelong learning – MODEL that all people have opportunities to learn and, at times, failures are part of learning and growing

  • Provide practice opportunities to develop life skills instead of limiting it to classroom




  • Expect youth to make decisions (give responsibility to teach responsibility)

  • Ensure youth are actively involved in planning not only their “case plan,” but also program design, evaluation and implementation

  • Give youth “real work” with real responsibilities and opportunity to grow

  • Ensure youth know it is OK to seek guidance and advice – Independence does not translate isolated or abandoned

  • Provide youth the tools and skills they needed to make decisions and make mistakes opportunities for learning

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