RITES OF SISTERHOOD YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM (ROS)
The Rites of Sisterhood youth mentoring program is an organization of college and professional women dedicated to fostering the social, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive growth of young adolescent women through defining the essence of sisterhood. Using self-determination, self-responsibility, and self-discovery as our three core principles, ROS strives to strengthen the University of Southern California's surrounding community by guiding young women of color through the uncertain years of adolescence.
Through weekly "Saturday Sessions" and off-site activities, ROS mentors guide their mentees on a yearlong rite of passage by challenging young women to speak their minds, explore their feelings, discover their hidden talents and learn life's hard, yet important lessons. ROS addresses issues of low-self esteem, lack of resources, and the need for strong role models within minority communities. We serve as "big sisters" to our mentees and form lasting bonds that allow us to share our fears, thoughts, and hopes in a supportive environment. Many of our participants create lasting friendships with one another and stay in touch even after their time in the program. ROS also offers personal tutoring sessions to help mentees excel academically and is in the process of establishing a Scholarship Fund to promote higher education as a practical option for ROS mentees. Activities, events, and programs include the annual Kick-Off Celebration, a Black History Month dinner celebration, a mentor and mentee retreat, and our End of the Year Awards Brunch. Membership is open to all women attending USC.