About RULE

Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise

We are a New Jersey 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the City of Paterson, operating since December 2018.

We offer high school students access to participate in online leadership training that will help improve literacy and identify leaders.

RULE provides...

  • A platform for students to communicate their short-term and long-term goals and
  • Guidance on how to activate the plans that will support and propel the achievement of their goals.

Our Mission is to motivate teens to prep for success by empowering them to plan strategic action steps that lead to achieving their goals.

Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise (RULE)
Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise (RULE)

 Our Vision

Our team intends to transform students' lives by teaching high school students strategies for going in the direction of their personal and professional dreams.

In addition, our plan includes community partnerships so that our team can work together with advocates to protect the spiritual, social, and academic integrity of students in Paterson, Passaic County, and in school districts throughout New Jersey.

Our Core Values

Our core values are those values that form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves.  We embrace:


Our Inspiration

A bright future is waiting for our young people who transform their belief from fear to faith and persevere through challenges to lead because leadership is influence.

-RULE Founder

Our Goals

  • Recruit high school students to attend RULE's after-school 60-minute online leadership training;
  • Recruit volunteer advocates to assist with the training;
  • Administer guidance and education for volunteers to deliver the training;
  • Empower students to write down goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound;
  • Assess students’ leadership styles using the DISC assessment survey to know whose style might be Dominant, Inspiring, Supportive, and Cautious;
  • Assess students’ personality types using the Myers Briggs assessment to know who might be performing as Introvert or Extrovert, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, Judging or Perceiving;
  • Organize and prepare students for outreach activities in the greater community;
  • Coordinate leadership forums for students to communicate directly with influencial individuals; 
  • Promote RULE through different types of marketing campaigns; and
  • Seek financial support for RULE through fundraising activities.

Our Program

 Student Leadership Organization

The Objective:

  • Develop moral behaviors
  • Live a purpose-driven lifestyle
  • Increase intellectual aptitude

The Means:

  • Leadership training
  • Mentorship guidance
  • Volunteer service

Our Board

Our board members are professionally diverse.  More importantly, they work strategically to ensure that activities and transactions are advancing RULE's mission.

Although nonprofit organizations in the State of New Jersey have the capacity to seat 10 members on their board, RULE has six members, three of whom are officers.

Our board members oversee the efficient use of program assets.  In addition, they assure the government and the public that the organization is functioning in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Our Board of Trustees


Keith B. Allen, Esq.

Bloomfield, NJ

Linda A. Hicks, M.Ed.

Paterson, NJ

 Eric R. Null, B.F.A.

High Ridge, MO
Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise (RULE)

Councilman Robert L. Artis

Prospect Park, NJ
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Dr. Stephanie D. Taylor, PhD

Annandale, NJ

Edward A. Jones Sr.

Hillside, NJ
Denise Blackwood

Denise R. Blackwood

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paterson, NJ