Young Ladies Rites of Passage Program


“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(ROPP) is designed for females in grades 3-12. The program’s  focus is to mentor young ladies through 9 monthly 4 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.

Vision Statement

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

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Pass Background check
  • Attend Mentor/Volunteer training class
  • Complete Mentor/Volunteer application

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:

  • Qualities of a successful mentor
  • Definition of a mentor
  • Responsibilities of a mentor
  • What a mentee looks for in a mentor

Derrick Brooks Charities Rites of Passage Female Mentoring Program

Meetings will be held at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, located at 10948 N. Central Ave. Tampa, Fl. from 9:00a.m. until 1:00p.m. For more information, contact Tresa Boykin at

Derrick Brooks Charities Rites of Passage Female Mentoring Program Updates

September 2016 – March 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 –March 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! The girls have almost completed their classes involving human rights. One more class to go and they will receive their certificates! We observed the month of March by focusing on historical women in black history. The girls created and presented vision boards in the memory of these influential women. As always, thank you all for your continued support of the ROPP.



The 2016/2017 mentoring dates are:

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 8, 2017

May 13, 2016