As our Class of 2020 steps out to make their mark on the world, now more than ever our Rhonda Walker Foundation motto rings true. As we witness an international outcry for equality, justice, equity and peace, we stand in support of lifting up our community, ending systemic racism and empowering our future generations to lead in a world where everyone is seen as equal and our humanity is valued.
Every year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our senior class of Detroit teens who have completed our five-year Girls into Women Program. We want our girls to know that they are worthy, respected and deserve a bright and empowered future.
When we see the growing list of lives taken by police brutality, hate and prejudice, we know that the work we do with teen girls of color is more important and necessary than ever. We are proud of our teens, especially this remarkable class of future leaders, who have been fearless and faithful, stepping forward and speaking out for justice, confidently walking for racial equality and standing up for their rights to be respected.
What we do today to empower our youth will determine what our world will be tomorrow.
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“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.