Focusing attention where it is most needed.
Founded in March 2003, ROYAL - Realizing Our Youth As Leaders, Inc.
(ROYAL) is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit whose goal is to provide a combination of mental health, mentoring, enrichment
and academic assistance services to an at-risk and marginalized population of children who have been left behind or forgotten.
The mission of the agency is to prepare disadvantaged and/or at-risk youth, ages 5 to 18, for success in life by providing therapeutic
services as well as training in personal empowerment and family and community leadership. Through exposure to focused therapeutic
mentoring and engaged enrichment opportunities, ROYAL develops proper social skills and utilizes resources outside their personal
awareness to create an opportunity for youth to utilize what they have learned by developing or participating in charitable efforts.
ROYAL is supervised by highly trained and credentialed staff and has the support of a growing group of dedicated mentors and
volunteers who develop at-risk youth into self-actualized community leaders. They provide programs that focus on positive attention and
nurturing as well as collaboration/linkage to other programs. Also included are academic support services and therapeutic interventions
that provide guidance, positive role models and significant life skills training.
ROYAL addresses a growing hole in services for youth in the Bay Area. Disadvantaged youth are more likely to have mental health and
self-esteem issues, join gangs, commit violent acts, have violent acts committed against them, engage in harmful behaviors and have
difficulty in school. Services for youth are disappearing, as evidenced by the growing number of city and county youth programs that have
been eliminated, as well as the huge reduction of school programs in numerous school districts. The increasing lack of services for at-
risk youth is reaching a crisis stage given the growing number of youth desperately needing the interventions of just this sort of
ROYAL is responding to the challenge of the lack of appropriate and effective community service providers that can address the
issues of this targeted population. ROYAL seeks to help children and their families who are not receiving services through
traditional or established youth programs. ROYAL has created two effective programs to provide services, the Therapeutic Mentoring
Program, which focuses on intense mental health and behavior management mentoring, and the Enrichment Program, which offers creative and
fun activities not normally accessed by this population. The ROYAL facility offers a safe, structured environment where youth can benefit
from many activities, trainings/workshops, support groups, homework assistance and enrichment programs.
ROYAL relies upon the generosity of recognized leaders in the philanthropic community to support our programs that improve the lives
of marginalized children and their families. We are requesting a gift to help us give these forgotten children the skills and the
opportunities they need to become positive leaders and community role models.