Raise Our Selves Effectively
The R.O.S.E. Organization exists to teach urban youth the skills they need in order to graduate from high school on time and become self-sustaining adults. We work with the students, parents and school staff to eliminate the excuses kids give for not being a successful student. Students who participate in our program show improvement in their classes, self-esteem and increased participation in their school. Student’s report where they may not have understood or liked school before joining our program, afterward, they are no longer intimidated by their homework and appreciate the assistance they receive from staff.
Minnesota’s achievement gap between white and African American students in the areas of math and reading are among the highest in the nation. In 2008, just 43% of African American students met or exceeded standards on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments-Series II (MCA-II) 10th grade reading exam, compared to 77% of white students. That same year, only 32% of African American students met or exceeded the MCA-II 11th grade math test, compared to 67% of white students.
The R.O.S.E. Organization, in partnership with Seeds of Change, was piloted in North Community High School in North Minneapolis.