About The Ready by 21 Academy (RB21 Academy)
We are commited to ensuring girls and young ladies in foster-care are academically and vocationally productive. Our goal is to provide a circle of support that ensures they are connected socially, civically, and graduate from high school, as well as, pursue some form of postsecondary training/education that equips them to succeed in the workplace.
The RB21 Academy places a special emphasis on “soft” skills and provides “hands-on” opportunities for the development of job & life skills, and what it takes to have a good work-ethic. Additionally, it engages young ladies currently in college and still in foster-care to play a key role, particularly in sharing their educational journey and peer-mentoring. The RB21 Academy is unique in that the majority of volunteers were once in foster-care themselves. The RB21 students gather monthly on a Saturday for educational workshops, birthday celebrations, community service, and select evening classes throughout the month that best suit their interests.
We strongly believe in the importance of service learning and that through hard work and serving others we gain the skills and the confidence we need to succeed in life. The Express (Mobile Boutique & Beauty Studio) is one of the primary service learning programs of the RB21 Academy. The following are additional service learning opportunities the girls will participate in during the 2015/2016 school year.
The Ready by 21 Academy incorporates
HOME DECOR / ARTS
Some of our projects include furniture restoration, jewelry design or other home / craft projects. We hope to make these items available for sale soon.
Our RB21 Academy girls help host beautiful princess parties for younger girls ages 4-8 and their mommies! We have been doing this for several years and all mommies and daughters come as referrals to our program. Parties include lunch and pink-tea (lemonade), mini-manis, make-up, dress-up, photos and birthday gifts. All parties are provided free of charge by The Glass Slipper because every little girl should know she is a princess! If you know a family you think should be referred to for our princess parties, send us an email.
Be our guest at our Inspiring Soirees. We will highlight "Women of Influence and Inspiration." We are inviting women's groups to join hands with us by being our guests. This will allow our RB21 Academy students to gain job and life skills by hosting and serving.
If you would like to join us for an Inspiring Soiree, please contact us to reserve a date (first Thursday/monthly). These social events will additionally feature speakers in the home design/decor field, as well as arts/crafts/painted furnishings created by our girls and their coaches for purchase.