“In Derrick Brooks Charities Rites of Passage Mentoring Program, mentors believe in sisterhood, making a positive impact in 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 nine monthly four-hour educational workshops with an 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 the 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 October while visiting the Human Rights Center. They learned about the background and history of our 30 human rights. This information was very enlightening and informative. In addition to the educational experience, they enjoyed the International Day of The Girl Luncheon. Guest speakers shared engaging 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 April to finish their final class and receive their certificates of completion.
During November officers Perry and Lovette from the Tampa Police Department spoke to the girls regarding bullying, absentee fathers and building your brand. The girls had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a short activity after the discussion.
In January, 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 off 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 young ladies of the ROPP researched and discovered how these women impacted and changed the world we live in today. They worked together and presented short presentations about their historical figure. The mentees also created vision boards in memory of these influential women.
Storm fever took over the Tampa Bay area in April, and the ROPP girls were in the midst of it all! Thanks, Mr. Brooks, we had a blast! The young ladies also received their certificates from the Human Rights Center in May. Well done ladies! As always, thank you all for your continued support of DBC ROPP.
Meetings will be held at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, located at 10948 N. Central Ave. Tampa, Fl. from 10:00a.m. until 12:00 p.m. For more information, contact Tresa Boykin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check DBC’s blog for current updates!
The 2017/2018 mentoring dates are: field trip dates are not included.
September 9, 2017- Parent meeting 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
October 21, 2017
November 11, 2017
December 9, 2017
January 13, 2018
February 10, 2018
March 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
May 12, 2018