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Role Model

The Role Model Committee is a standing committee within our organization.  The committee has supported hundreds of young ladies, grades 9 through 12, for over 30 years.  Our girls are students at Dwight Morrow High and the Academics at Englewood, Teaneck High and Hackensack High Schools. To date, the organization has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to further the education of these girls.  Our objective is to encourage, assist, motivate, educate and inspire young ladies to achieve their highest potentials during this critical developmental stage.  We identify young ladies who demonstrate leadership potential as well as those who we feel will benefit from the program at large.

Over the years, the focus areas of the Role Model program have been:

  • Leadership Skills:  Public speaking and goal setting
  • Personal Development:  Etiquette and grooming
  • College Preparation:  SAT Prep, essay writing and career planning
  • Cultural Awareness:  African American Studies, museums and art appreciation ,book club
  • Health and Wellness:  Nutrition, GYN, and exercise
  • Community Service Projects:  Gilda’s Club, AIDS awareness forums, Breast Cancer awareness projects, partnerships with the YWCA and hostesses for NCBW events.
  • Philanthropic  activities

The program continues to focus on developing independent, informed, and empowered young ladies. Meetings have included public speaking skills, financial literacy, career reviews, interviewing skills, scholarship searches, writing skills, anti-bullying project, entrepreneurial awareness, philanthropy, arts & cultural awareness, and advocacy activities.

Some of the colleges and universities attended by graduates of the Role Model program include:

  • Barnard College
  • Bergen Community College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • Georgetown University
  • Kean University
  • Lincoln Technology
  • Montclair State University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Shaw University
  • SUNY/Stonybrook
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • University of Hartford
  • William Paterson University

Activities and Accomplishments

2015-2016 – Leadership Development and Mentoring  

  • Teaneck International Film Festival
  • Urban League Day of Empowerment
  • HBCU College Fair
  • Center for Hope and Safety (Shelter Our Sisters) Gift Wrapping Project
  • Jessie Banks Scholarship Foundation Intern (4 students are scholarship recipients)
  • Future Forward For Haiti Pack-a-thon
  • NJ 100 Black Men Collegiate Pinning Ceremony, Rutgers University
  • Jessie Banks Foundation Mentoring Experience Seminar
  • Bergen County Juneteenth Celebration
  • Heart Healthy Program
  • Young Peoples Jazz Seminar at NJ Performing Arts Center


Mentees with Role Model Chair, Jeannette Curtis-Rideau
at the NCBW February Heart Healthy Program

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