About RULE

What We Do

We imagine steps to success and write the imagination lists.

We set S.M.A.R.T. goals and teach others to do the same.

We facilitate ONLINE group meetings to prepare teens for personal growth.

We journey alongside each student to ensure their plans support AND propel their goals.

Who We Are

  • A New Jersey 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Connecting in the City of Paterson
  • Developing since December 2018
  • Equipping teens to lead

Our Mission is to equip teens with leadership skills to flow in growth and lead on purpose.

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Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise (RULE)

Our Vision

Our vision is to make a positive difference in someone's life by supporting a learning environment where teens can gather together to articulate their passions and challenges and are motivated to identify the action steps that will activate the habits to move them from where they are to where they want to be.

For this reason, our nonprofit organization aims to partner with the community and activists to collaborate on effective ways in which we can deliver resources and guidance to our teens as they successfully navigate their life journey.

Open Access

For teens to grow, we suggest a commitment of 50 hours - about 60 minutes a week for 1 year - to the program. 

Our Calendar page has access to events, meetings, and workshops.  

Anyone can catch up with presentations after submitting an application.

In This Order:

Goals In Progress

  • Increase student-to-student interactions
  • Reduce complacency and procrastination
  • Increase goal-setting awareness
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Increase effective study skills
  • Reduce low academic performance
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  • Mentorship
  • Friendships
  • Study Skills
  • Awards
  • Leadership Position
  • Networking
  • Scholarships Locator
  • Recognition
  • Above Average Grades

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

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Keith B. Allen, Esq.

Linden, NJ
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Linda A. Hicks, M.Ed.

Paterson, NJ
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 Eric R. Null, B.F.A.

High Ridge, MO
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Councilman Robert L. Artis

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

Annandale, NJ
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Edward A. Jones Sr.

Hillside, NJ
Mr. Abdoulaye Sanogo

Abdoulaye Sanogo, M.E.

Executive Director 
Brooklyn, NY
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Denise R. Blackwood

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paterson, NJ