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 take part in FREE ongoing virtual meetings primarily to illustrate how and why to set S.M.A.R.T. goals.

We lead a Support Team to prompt teens to talk about their goals as well as discuss potential and current challenges.

RULE provides...

  • A platform for students to communicate their short-term goals (next 12 months) and long-term goals (2 to 5 years) and
  • A life coach to journey alongside students as they implement the plans that will support and propel the achievement of their goals.

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

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

Our Vision

Our team envisions being the go-to student leadership organization where teens find a safe virtual space to have conversations about any subject and be nurtured by tutors and coaches so that they feel equipped with confidence to go in the direction of their personal and professional desires.

Our plan includes collaborating with parents, guardians, community advocates, city leaders and everyone to guide and protect the spiritual, social, and academic integrity of students in school districts throughout New Jersey and beyond.

Our Program

When high school teens commit 50 hours of their time - about one hour a week for a year to the program - they can expect RULE leaders to coach and mentor them on how to set goals and follow a step-by-step plan to achieve the life they envision.  


What's next after submitting the application

  • Attend RULE's Virtual Orientation

  • Take Leadership & Personality Assessments

  • Commit to being a member of A Support Team

Our Goals

  • Increase goal-setting awareness
  • Reduce complacency and procrastination
  • Increase peer-to-peer interactions
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Increase study skills proficiency
  • Reduce low academic performance
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Student Benefits

  • Mastery of how to set goals that lead to fulfilled dreams
  • New friends and an expanded network of relationships
  • Impressive study skills to consistently pass exams
  • recognition for community service contribution
  • leadership skills for building sustainable support teams
  • Awards, Giveaways, Extra-Credit 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