“In Derrick Brooks Charities Rites of Passage Mentoring Program, mentors believe in sisterhood, making a positive impact on young ladies lives and acknowledging GOD in all we do.”
–Carol Brooks and ROPP Mentors
The Rites of Passage Program is designed for females in grades 3-12. The program’s focus is to mentor young ladies through 9 monthly four hour educational workshops with emphasis on but not limited to: character building, self- discipline, ancestral history, community service, human rights, etiquette, health and hygiene and leadership skills . The Rites of Passage Program begins in September and concludes in May.
To empower and encourage morals and values that will last a lifetime, while building character that will enable young ladies to transition into successful women.
Mentor and Volunteer Requirements
Mentor and Volunteer Training Topics
All mentors and volunteers must go through a training session before becoming a mentor or volunteer. Training consists of the following topics:
Derrick Brooks Charities Rites of Passage Female Mentoring Program Updates
September 2016 – April 2017
On September 10, 2016, the Rites of Passage mentors held a parent meeting at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. In the meeting, we discussed the programs overview and upcoming events. Parents also had an opportunity to address concerns and ask questions. Thank you to all the families that participated.
KNOWLEDGE is POWER and that’s exactly what the young ladies of the ROPP gained in the month of October while visiting the Human Rights Center. Learning about the background and history of our 30 human rights was enlightening and informative. In addition to the educational experience, we enjoyed the International Day of The Girl Luncheon. Guest speakers shared powerful lectures about empowering girls/women through education and employment opportunities. Issues of human trafficking, equality and social justice were also topics of discussion. The girls will return to the Human Rights Center in February to finish the class and receive certificates of completion.
During the months of November 2016 – April 2017 the young ladies had opportunities to participate in various activities. Officers Perry and Lovette from the Tampa Police Department spoke to the girls on topics regarding bullying, absentee fathers and building your brand. Mrs. Tia Young, owner of Tampa Bay Etiquette Academy hosted a private Dining & Social Etiquette Luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant for our mentees. Topics covered were table manners, formal introductions, greetings and handshakes, conversation skills, public speaking, sitting and standing with confidence.
Can someone say ice-skating! The girls spent quality time bonding and having fun celebrating the holiday season ice-skating at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. To kick of the New Year, we honored Dr. Martin Luther King by participating in the MLK Parade and our very own Derrick Brooks had the honor of being Grand Marshall!
We observed the month of March by focusing on historical women in black history. The girls researched and discovered how these women impacted and changed the world we live in today. The girls worked together and presented short presentations about their historical figure. The girls also created vision boards in memory of those influential women.
Storm fever took over the Tampa Bay area in April and the young ladies of the ROPP were in the mist of it all! Thanks Mr. Brooks, we had a blast! As always, thank you all for your continued support of the ROPP. The young ladies also received their certificates from the Human Rights Center!
Meetings will be held at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, located at 10948 N. Central Ave. Tampa, Fl. from 9:00a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Tresa Boykin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016/2017 mentoring dates are:( Other field trip dates are not included.)
September 10, 2016- Parent meeting 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
October 8, 2016
November 12, 2016
December 10, 2016
January 14, 2017
February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 29, 2017
May 13, 2017
Thank You Sponsors: