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RWF TEENS AT CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

RWF Teens help to host the Ladies Who Lead Luncheon

 Thank you to the Renaissance Chapter of the Links for inviting our teens to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Ladies Who Lead Luncheon! Our girls proudly served as hostesses for this inspiring afternoon held at the Colony Club in Downtown Detroit. A special thanks to Susan L. Taylor, CEO and Founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor and Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine and Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, National President of The Links, for spending time with our girls to talk about celebrating who they are, being empowered and being “Unbought and Unbossed”!  This special celebration of powerful women gave our teens an opportunity to network with some of Detroit's most influential leaders.

Personal Development Put into Practice

Our Personal Development Program pillar teaches our teen girls skills like networking, etiquette and public speaking.

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4HER COSMETICS USES CHEMISTRY TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

RWF TEENS MAKE THEIR OWN LIPSTICK

On Saturday, February 22, 2020 Detroit entrepreneur, Alyssa Space welcomed the RWF teens to her lab at 4 Her Cosmetics for an exciting workshop on using your passion to build a business.  Space, who is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in chemistry.  She helped our teens to identify their passion and create a business plan.  The highlight of the day was when our girls got to go into the lab and create their own lipstick . With careful instruction from the 4 Her Cosmetics team teens were involved int he process from measuring chemicals to selecting a personal color for their lipstick!

RWF BELIEVES IN STEM EDUCATION

Providing our teens with opportunities to explore STEM related careers is a key part of our education programming.  African- American women hold less than 10% of STEM related careers. RWF is working to give our teens a new vision for the future.

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GIRLS IN CONTRUCTION CAREER INTENSIVE

Devon Industrial and Walbridge welcomes RWF

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Stephanie Burnley, Co-CEO of Devon Industrial group and her team from Walbridge and DFM Solutions welcome the RWF Juniors and Seniors for an exciting day of career development at our first Girls in Construction Career Intensive.  The purpose of the day was to introduce our teen girls to the multitude of career pathways available in the construction fields beyond the traditional work site. Representatives from accounting, marketing, legal, human resources, information technology, and safety engaged our teens in small group working sessions to provide information about their work. The day concluded with an informative panel discussion with women representing the skilled trades and diversity and inclusion within the construction industry. We are looking forward to Phase II of  Girls in Construction that will take or teens to a project site.

Girls Empowered Career Development Program

Career Development is one of our core program pillars. Our Girls Empowered Career Development Program is designed to provide our teens with a multitude of career pathway engagements to inform their choices and opportunities for a positive transition from college into the world of work.

RWF Celebrates International Day of the Girl

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Rise Up for Girls Leaves Everyone Inspired

In a packed room, the Rhonda Walker Foundation celebrated International Day of the Girl with our inaugural Rise Up for Girls Breakfast at the Detroit Golf Club on October 11, 2019. Supporters were inspired by the moving testimony of our President and Founder, Rhonda Walker as she shared her vision and why she was moved to found RWF. What followed was a morning of unforgettable testimonies. RWF, senior, Makiah S. brought everyone to their feet when she proclaimed, "not everyone can be an RWF Girl, but when you encounter an RWF Girl you become a part of the Rhonda Walker Foundation."

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our annual golf challenge raises $250K for detroit teens

7th Annual Automotive Industry Golf Challenge is a great successes

Over 300 of the auto industry's best and brightest gathered once again at the prestigious Oakland Hills Country Club for our annual Automotive Industry Golf Challenge on Monday, July 29, 2019. Our day included brunch, great silent auction, an exciting live auction, dinner, live entertainment and a great round of golf.


A heartfelt thank you to  our sponsors for their generous support, Lear Corporation, our Title Sponsor a, BASF, Diez Group, Denso, Linamar, Hitachi/Hitachi Metals, Joyson Safety Systems, Magna Seating, On Semi, Faurecia, Celani Family Vineyards, Flex n Gate, Cobra Metal Works, Gallagher Kaiser, Windsor Machine Group and SET Enterprises.

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RWF awards $55,000 in scholarships to our class of 2019

13th Annual Scholar Power Scholarship Breakfast a Big Success

 We are proud of our Sweet 16 Class of 2019, our largest class ever, who were awarded $55,000 in scholarships at our annual Scholar Power Scholarship Breakfast, April 27, 2019 at the Westin Hotel in Southfield.  In a room packed with RWF Board members, parents, volunteers, mentors, and special guests, everyone was so moved by the testimonies of our graduates. The celebration also served as a time to honor and recognize the support of our amazing volunteers and mentors. Congratulations to our volunteer of the Year, Quintell Foster and our Mentor of the Year, Cynthia Amacker.  A special thank you to the Rizik Family Philanthropic Fund and the Lear Charitable Foundation for providing scholarships for our teens who excelled in community service and academics. 

your contribution matters

Every year girls  in our city face challenges that impede their future success. The Rhonda Walker Foundation works tirelessly to empower girls in Detroit to navigate any challenges and step boldly into a bright future and take their place as leaders  in our community.