Program year 2018-20, rmw foundation, inc.

The Essential Journey 2020

Ghana, Africa

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We cannot know where we are going if we do not know where we come from.  We must learn from our past in order to build a better future.


RMW Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park and in collaboration with the offices of Field Education and the Religion and Society Committee of Princeton Theological Seminary is planning a cultural exposure experience to Ghana, Africa in June 2020.   

The Essential Journey is a year-long, multidimensional empowerment program focusing on ethnically relevant personal, academic, cultural, and socio-political development of inner city African-American youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Our aim is self-actualization, helping themto craft visions for their futures and directing them toward a life of purpose and service. 

The Essential Journey’s three-phase educational initiative buffers the impact of discrimination, exclusion, stereotyping, and damaging environmental influences. It offers an immersive, experiential academic program where participants develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct, culture-based experiences outside the traditional classroom. Program scholars will be equipped with the vison, values, and self-esteem to actualize their dreams.

Phase one is a series of classes spanning the 2019-20 academic year. The curriculum will be comprised of interactive lectures and experiential learning aimed at undoing the damage of a traditional education that has sapped our youth of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-knowledge. 

Phase two of the program is an extraordinary 8-day journey to Ghana, West Africa, one of the continent’s many locations of separation from our rich legacy. The program’s midpoint will serve as a tangible connection to students’ rich legacy. This phase of the program will also integrate a volunteerism component thus engaging participants in social responsibility, global awareness, and civic engagement. 

Phase three commences upon return from Ghana. Participants will work under the direction of mentors, engaging in social, entrepreneurial, and political activities within their community. The objective is to develop leaders with a vision for positive change not only for themselves, but for their families, their communities, and their nation.


We believe the best thing you can offer a child, beyond love and attention, is exposure to various activities that will awaken and stimulate interests in undiscovered areas. Thus, we offer monthly Exposure Trips. These are various outings specifically planned to expose the children of Asbury Park and the surrounding Monmouth County area to aspects of life beyond their communities. Our 2018-19 schedule includes the movie Black Panther, the stage playCrowns, trips to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, the NYC Zoo, IPlay America, The US Open, a Blue Claws baseball game, Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ, Sky Zone, Six Flags Great Adventures Theme Park, and the Liberty Science Center.  For our quarterly exposure trips, we plan to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., Sight & Sound Theater in Pennsylvania, try snow tubing in New York or Pennsylvania, and go whale watching in Glouster, Massachusetts.