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A Letter from the Founder

About

Rose’s Leadership Academy is a weekly mentoring initiative designed to help young ladies build self-esteem and self-respect, develop business acumen, and become productive and active citizens.  Founded on January 3, 2024, the idea was birthed from witnessing numerous incidents of violence, crime, and a general air of diminished self-worth among African-American local youth.  Children are in need of positive activities in safe environments, and many dedicated citizens are ready to step up and give that to them.  The program will consist of weekly two-hour sessions that will provide participants with valuable tools to better contribute to society.

I named the program after my maternal grandmother, Rosel Brasfield Jemison, because I could not think of anyone who better epitomized the vision of the program.  My grandmother was a loving and faithful wife to my grandfather, Freddie until death parted them.  She courageously marched and sat-in for freedom during the Civil Rights Movement.  With well-balanced discipline and love she raised her children, her grandchildren, and other people’s children.  She lived life to the fullest, and with STYLE!  These are the values I wish to embody, and through this initiative, pass on to the next generation.

During our first semester, several professional women have volunteered their time to provide valuable lessons to our students, including a local news anchor, a licensed therapist, a finance expert, a community activist, and multiple entrepreneurs.  We are currently seeking to raise $5,000 in monetary assistance from community partners like you to help us secure nonprofit status, purchase program supplies, and support our oratorical contest and end of year recognition banquet.  Please click the button below and leave a memo for "Rose's Donation" to give today!

With love,

Ashley R. Wheat, MBA

Founder

Rose’s Leadership Academy

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Rosel B. Jemison (1917 – 2008)

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Mission

Rose’s Leadership Academy aims to create a nurturing environment for young African-American ladies and provide them with life skills to help them thrive and become well-rounded, productive citizens.  This mission will be achieved by providing participants with meaningful, hands-on activities, including creating and marketing their own products, developing community service projects, and learning healthy methods of self-care.  These activities will enhance participants’ self-esteem, provide them with real-world business skills, and help them explore the myriad options for their futures.

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Core Values

  • We strive to promote ideals of high self-esteem and self-worth among young ladies, thus enhancing their opportunities for future success.

 

  • We strive to give young ladies positive role models by allowing them to regularly interact with women of intelligence, high morals, and good character.

 

  • We strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with young ladies from disenfranchised communities and replace it with ideals of pride, achievement, and unlimited potential.

Vision

Rose’s Leadership Academy will be a catalyst for positive and productive growth for young ladies.  By focusing on youth as the foundation of the community’s future, the cultural climate will improve with each generation.  While the organization has a local focus, it can be replicated globally in similar communities.

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Events
  • Self-care Raffle
    Self-care Raffle
    Sat, May 04
    Online Raffle
    May 04, 2024, 11:30 AM – May 10, 2024, 9:30 AM
    Online Raffle
    May 04, 2024, 11:30 AM – May 10, 2024, 9:30 AM
    Online Raffle
    Drawing on 5/10/24 at 5 pm via Facebook Live: Ashley R. Wheat
  • Pop-up Shop & Service Drive
    Pop-up Shop & Service Drive
    Sun, Apr 21
    Eggie's (The Charm District)
    Apr 21, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Eggie's (The Charm District), 2020 Hackberry Ln Unit B, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA
    Apr 21, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Eggie's (The Charm District), 2020 Hackberry Ln Unit B, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA
  • Oratorical Contest
    Oratorical Contest
    Sun, Apr 14
    Benjamin Barnes Branch YMCA
    Apr 14, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Benjamin Barnes Branch YMCA, 2939 18th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA
    Apr 14, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Benjamin Barnes Branch YMCA, 2939 18th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA
Our Founders
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