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Dear Student,

Hello!  And thank you so much for reading about the specifics of RULE's student leadership organization.  My name is Denise Blackwood.  And I serve as chief executive of Rising Urban Leaders Enterprise.

Sometime in December 2018, I imagined ways of leading high schoolers to a platform in which they would understand how to take charge of their future and fulfill their passions.

Let me begin by being honest.  In high school, I lacked the study skills to get good grades.  This was a dark time in my history.  I failed most exams and class assignments, resulting in below-average final grades and a low GPA at graduation.  Moreover, my self-esteem was so low that I shied away from social activities with peers, causing personal isolation and loneliness.

At some point post high school, I relied on select tutors, coaches, and mentors to teach me their tips and tricks to help achieve my projected wins.

As I reflect on my adversity in high school, I feel good about the process I entrusted to lead me to a better path in life.

Thus, I designed this leadership program to encourage you to set goals and implement a strategy for achieving your goals so that you can do well and stand out from the rest.  I am confident that your participation in this program will empower you to achieve your measurable goals as you journey through school and career.

RULE is a not-for-profit organization in New Jersey.  What this means is helping you achieve your goal is our mission.  Our purpose is to offer you and your peers services to help you plan your successful future.  We hope to help you achieve your goals through leadership training, mentorship guidance, and volunteer projects.

Being in a support group is rewarding to your individual success in this program.  Our support group is a partnership between you and other students to help keep you on track as you set and implement your plan of action.  Use the time with the group to share your progress and initiate conversations about challenges you wish to overcome.

Outcomes are why people support the work you do.  They believe that what you do will make a difference and ultimately solve problems.  So, completing a community service project helps you organize time-specific services to bless others in need.  This is also a way of giving back!

As you master setting goals and achieving action steps, RULE’s executive team will coordinate social events in which influential leaders and guest speakers will show up to recognize you as you showcase your skills and gain respect.  Moreover, incentives are offered every step of the way.

Now, this is my idea of a student leadership organization.  But it’s your participation and success that will cause RULE to grow.

So, on your mark…

You are one step away from joining your support team.  Go ahead!  Complete the online application and send it to us promptly.  I really believe it's your time to shine!

To your success,