The Ready by 21 Academy incorporates
About The Ready by 21 Academy (RB21 Academy)
We are committed 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 post-secondary 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 many of the leadership team members 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) is one of the primary service learning programs. The following are additional service learning opportunities the girls participate in throughout the school year.
HOME DECOR / ARTS
Some of our projects include furniture restoration, jewelry design or other home / craft projects. We have been holding pop-up shops for years now and look forward to an online shop soon, and never stop dreaming about a brick and mortar.
In 2013, we began hosting beautiful princess parties for younger girls ages 4-8 who had experienced foster care and their biological moms (by referral). Parties include lunch and pink-tea (lemonade), mini-manis, make-up, dress-up, photos and birthday gifts. All parties are provided free of charge to deserving girls. If you know a family you think should be referred to for our princess parties, send us an email.
This program will be on hold during the renovation of our cottage in 2021.
launching fall 2021... The Table, a monthly culinary experience featuring area chefs.
This will be a youth-operated supper club that will provide hands on training and income earning for RB21 Academy.
Our Soirees will return better than ever in 2021 with a beautiful new dining room. Be our guest at our Inspiring Soirees. We highlight "Women of Influence and Inspiration." Women's groups are invited to join hands with us by being our guests. This allows our 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 for your group. These social events additionally feature speakers in the home design/decor field. These feature unique items for sale; arts/crafts/painted furnishings created by our students and their mentors.