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 virtual group meetings to prepare teens to write step-by-step action plans.

We journey alongside each student to ensure their plans support and propel the achievement of their goals.

Who We Are

  • A New Jersey 501(c)(3) charitable organization
  • In the City of Paterson
  • Operating since December 2018
  • Equipping teens for adulthood

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

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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 while they learn skills and techniques to lead.  In this space, tutors, coaches, and mentors nurture teens so that they feel equipped with confidence to go in the direction of their personal and professional desires.

Our plan includes collaborating with the community to agree on best practices to guide and protect the spiritual, social, and academic integrity of students in school districts throughout New Jersey and beyond.

Open Access

For teens to grow, commit 50 hours - about 60 minutes a week for 1 year - to the program. 

Calendar page has a list of events to join our virtual presentations, meetings, and workshops.  

Catch up with presentations after submitting the application.

In This Order:

  • Attend RULE's Virtual Orientation

  • Take Leadership & Personality Assessments

  • Commit to being a member of A Support Team

Goals In Progress

  • Increase goal-setting awareness
  • Reduce complacency and procrastination
  • Increase student-to-student interactions
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Increase study skills proficiency
  • Reduce low academic performance
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  • Goals achieved
  • New friends
  • Impressive study skills
  • Recognition
  • Leadership skills
  • Self-Confidence
  • 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