The Rhonda Walker Foundation was founded to empower inner city teens girls in Detroit.  Girls are nominated for admission into our award-wining five-year comprehensive Girls into Women Program by one of our five Detroit partner schools the spring before they enter the 8th grade by one of our partner schools. Our Girls into Women Program is built on five program pillars: College Prep; Personal Development; Career Development; Health and Wellness; and Community Outreach and Cultural Awareness. 

We proudly partner with Burton International Academy; Spain Elementary and Middle School; Brewer Academy; Plymouth Educational Center; and MacDowell Preparatory Academy. 

COLLEGE PREP

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At the Rhonda Walker Foundation we are committed to providing every teen in our program with a comprehensive college prep program to help prepare them to be college ready upon graduation from high school. Every RWF teen has access to our full college prep program which includes:

  • Year Round Tutoring in All Subjects
  • ACT/SAT Preparation Courses
  • Workshops on College Applications and Financial Aid
  • College Tours
  • Scholarships

For teens who participate in our college prep program, we have seen a significant improvement in grade point averages as well as overall scores on the SAT and ACT. Teens who successfully complete our Girls into Women Program receive a scholarship to assist with college expenses.

Personal Development

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Developing strong life skills is a critical part of the Girls into Women program experience and builds confidence and self-esteem in our teens through a variety of workshops including: Etiquette Workshops; Public Speaking; Weekend Retreats; Conflict Resolution; Presentation Skills and Public Speaking.

Mentoring is a key component of the RWF Personal Development program pillar.  Every RWF teen has the opportunity to be matched with a carefully screened professional woman mentor, who provides strong support and critical guidance.  Although we ask our volunteer mentors to stay connected for one year, the bond often becomes so strong that the mentoring relationship continues through graduation from the program.

Career Development

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Our efforts to prepare RWF teens for tomorrow’s workplace begin with exposing them to workshops and activities focused on interviewing techniques, financial literacy, resume writing, job shadowing, dressing for success, communication skills, work experience, internships and career planning. Every year, we visit the offices of a major Detroit area company so our girls can see firsthand what a day at the office entails. The key components of our Career Development program are our annual Dress for Success workshop,  annual Take Your Daughters to Work Day outing, and the RWF Summer Jobs Program, where our teens obtain valuable work experience at the offices of one of our many corporate supporters.

If your company would like to host an RWF Career Exploration Day or become a partner in our summer jobs program, please email our Executive Director,  Holly Murphy at hmurphy@rhondawalkerfoundation.org 

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

We are committed to providing every teen who participates in the Girls into Women Program  all of the tools and information they need to live healthy lives. Our signature RWF Zone Fitness program provides weekly workouts as well as lessons on healthy eating and overall wellness. Each summer the entire RWF Family hosts fitness enthusiasts for our Annual Give and Get Fit Fitness Event on the beautiful Detroit Riverwalk. 

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Giving back is a core value of the Rhonda Walker Foundation. Our teens help to host our annual Christmas Party for Genesis House II and our Sisters for the  Cure Team participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure each year. In addition, the RWF Cares Initiative provides monthly community service opportunities for our teens to give back to their community.

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CULTURAL AWARENESS

To ensure our teens are well rounded, we take advantage of opportunities for them to engage in creative endeavors; visit museums and the theater; and participate in issues that positively impact the community.

after school programs

RWF Academy

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The RWF Academy After school Program is supported through a generous grant from the FCA Foundation. The RWF Academy services girls in the 6th -7th grades in our partner schools in Detroit and focuses on life skills, careers and fitness. Our current partner school are Burton International Academy, Spain Elementary and Middle School, Plymouth Education Center, MacDowell Preparatory Academy and Brewer Academy.

Expanding our programs to reach more girls in detroit

GIRLS INTO WOMEN ACADEMY

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Through our partnership with the Ford Resource and Development Center at the Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, the Girls into Women Program is an after school mentoring program for 7th grade girls at the school. The program funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund stresses personal and career development, study skills and health and wellness

our programs are generously supported by

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