Shirley Edgerton founded the R.O.P.E. program in 2010. She recognized the need for adolescent girls to develop their voices and inner selves in a single-sex, mentorship-based setting, one that was specifically designed to be nurturing, supportive and inspiring. She saw the tremendous value of intentionally providing opportunities to interact with professional women of color, recognizing it as an essential way to ease the young women’s transition into adulthood.
The mission of R.O.P.E. is to celebrate and support adolescent girls as they grow, and provide them with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful, independent and responsible women.