Ready YoUrself For the Future
ELEVATING COMMUNITIES BY BUILDING STRONG LEADERS
RUFF Leadership Team
Anthony Graham - Founder
Contact # 256-348-8694
Brandon Johnson - President
Darnell Whitney - Vice-President
Melissa Butler -- Secretary
Lorie Wilson - Director of Operation
November Schedule of Events
DEVELOP Teachable Tuesday **Power of Technology**
Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 6-7:30pm
100 Skate Park Drive
The young men will be introduced to cyber security and learn the power of technology.
Please RSVP Yes or No! Thank you
Huntsville Veteran's Day Parade
Saturday, Nov. 11th, 9am-1pm
“Lot K” (across from the Clinton Ave. Post Office)
Please wear a RUFF t-shirt. If you need one - let me know. I will have some extras with me to hand out for those who do not have one. We will be riding as a group in trucks holding up signs thanking our Veterans!
Please RSVP Yes or No. Thank you!
Our 2017 - 2018 Theme!
REBUILD, REUNITE, RECLAIM!
CASA RAMP BUILD -- September 17
46 feet of giving! These young men did an incredible job building one of our longest ramps of the year! The person we built the ramp for can now go to the doctor and get treatment and get better. He hadn't been out of the house since May of 2016! What a blessing!
RUFF Picture of the Year!
Malcolm and this our new friend from Georgia! RUFF knows no color or HATE! We love everyone is everyone for every and any situation!
CASA RAMP BUILD -- September 17
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT R.U.F.F.
When and where did R.U.F.F. begin? R.U.F.F. began on December 10, 2010 at Heritage Elementary school.
Is R.U.F.F. a nationally recognized organization? No, R.U.F.F. was founded by Anthony Graham for the young men of Northern Alabama.
Is R.U.F.F. a non-profit? As of right now, R.U.F.F. operates under Discovery Middle School 501(c)3 number . We are currently in the initial stages of our own 501(c)3. We should have our own 501(c)3 non-profit status in the last part of 2015.
Who can join R.U.F.F.? Any 5th grade young man coming from ANY TYPE of family situation. Registration is currently open on our website www.ruffyoungmen.org
What are the demographics of Ready Yourself For the Future? White - 55%, African-American - 33%, Asian/Pacific Islander - 5%, American Indian/other - 7%
How is/are the character trait(s) being taught to the young men? The R.U.F.F. leadership team currently teaches from the Habitudes curriculum. We teach in large and small group settings, one-on-one counseling sessions and/or over technology methods.
What is DEVELOP, INPSIRE, EMPOWER and LEADER? These four programs are designed by the R.U.F.F. leadership team to turn our young men into outstanding leaders in their schools, homes and communities, Each program is a year long class. The boys start their R.U.F.F. journey in DEVELOP and have to graduate each level in order to move through the ranks.
How are donations used? 100% of the money donated goes directly to the young men, their families and ways to give back to our community. Our current goal is to pay for 75% of all activities and trips for our young men.
"I can't tell you how refreshing it was to see 4th, 5th, 6th graders recognizing the importance of their choices that positively reflects on the group." Russ Kennigton, Captain, City of Madison Fire & Rescue
"It's making responsible citizens. One of our key elements of education is preparing future leaders for our country and this is helping meet those needs." - Ex Madison - Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler
Mr. Graham is a man who gives of himself freely, not only to his family and the school kids, but his community. His involvement with fostering positive development in our boys plus being a great teacher, makes this a win/win for our kids and community. John D ~ Proud parent of R.U.F.F. son
I think that RUFF is an important organization because it helps us understand what life will be like. It helps me realize that I will be an important person and with the right decisions I will be successful…..John August Busch, Ex - R.U.F.F. member
Let it be known to the world that Mr. Anthony Graham is a wonderful influence on the young men he has taken under his wing. Thank God for blessing my son and these other young men with such an AWESOME role model! I'm sure other parents won't mind me speaking for them and saying THANK YOU!!!! - Lorie W. - R.U.F.F. parent
Two years ago our son came home from school and said he wanted to join RUFF. What’s rough we asked? Anthony Graham came into our home and hearts and has become one of the most generous, positive role models my son has ever had. His program teaches our young men how to have Courage when their self confidence is being tested, Integrity when it would be easier to go along with his peers, and unconditional love and guidance that makes them strong of heart. Anthony has the gift that touches people’s heart with his words and sincerity, his passion is unequaled. - Char J. R.U.F.F. parent