The Rhonda Walker Foundation teamed up with Magna International this year to host our 2nd Annual Rise Up for Girls Breakfast to benefit our Girls into Women program. This year's event was live-streamed from the Detroit Golf Club to RWF supporters across the country.
We were inspired by moving testimony from RWF Alum, Courtnie Thomas, now a college sophomore and current RWF senior Arianna L. The morning also featured an inspirational video and words from our President and Founder, Rhonda Walker.
This year's breakfast was co-chaired by RWF Board members Lloyd Banks, CEO & Principal at Banks & Co. and Michael Montgomery, VP Global Purchasing for Magna Seating and a special thank you to Rise Up for Girls committee member, Sheree Calhoun.
If you missed our live stream, you can still watch on our Facebook page at the following link:
“In 2003, I spent 6 months visiting Detroit middle schools and talking to hundreds of teen girls about making positive life choices, believing in themselves, striving to be their best, becoming leaders and not followers in hopes of influencing teen girls to become the best they can be. Along the way, I met a teen that asked me how she can do that when everyone around her tells her she won’t accomplish anything and won’t amount to anything better than the people around her in her family and inner city neighborhood. These were family members putting her down, discouraging her and lowering her self-confidence and self-esteem. I realized at that moment one speech cannot change lives and that I needed to connect these kids with positive role models and reinforce my message over a longer period of time. I founded the Rhonda Walker Foundation “Girls into Women” program shortly after the day I spoke to that girl. I am proud to say many years later along with my committed board, staff, volunteers, mentors and countless friends and professionals in this community that we have been a positive influence on many lives. We have groomed these teens over 16 years from 8th-12th grade and they have gone from shy to outgoing, from average performing to excelling, from fearful to fearless. They are role models themselves with dreams they know they have the tools to accomplishment. They each now walk with confidence. I am honored and committed for life to supporting and serving these inner city teen girls and thankful to be able to make a positive difference in their lives.”
The Rhonda Walker Foundation’s mission is to empower inner-city teen girls towards becoming strong, confident, successful and moral future leaders.
We do this through our award winning five -year, comprehensive Girls Into Women Program. Whether it’s academic preparation, career development, mentoring, personal development, health and wellness, financial literacy, self-defense, public speaking, community service and outreach, self-esteem, or etiquette, we strive to positively affect the lives of the girls who are part of our RWF family. Doing all this requires dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors. If you would like to support the RWF by volunteering or making a financial contribution, please contact us or click on one of the many donate buttons placed on the site.
Your contribution today will change a teen’s life forever.
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our girls through consistent engagement and mentoring. Our board of directors, staff, mentors, and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. Using data driven models, we provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference.
Life changing events like our annual cross country college tour for our high school juniors provides our teens with a broader vision for their future.