Rising Sun Cultural and Educational Programs Inc.
To be a catalyst for the development and growth of youth and young adults
– Experiences for Life
At the core of Rising Sun Programs’ corporate philosophy, is the belief that wealth is derived from well-being in all dimensions of one’s life.
— Our Mission
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving youth and young adults in the United States and globally. We exist with the goal of being a catalyst for the development and growth of youth and young adults. Through innovative and relevant programs, we strive to build and facilitate the development of life skills and life-enhancing experiences. At the core of Rising Sun Programs®, there is the belief that the ultimate success of our future is predicated on the decision-making abilities and the sense of purpose and agency that we transmit to the next generation of leaders. We challenge and encourage young people to expand their thinking and awareness through accelerated learning opportunities that aid their holistic development. By nurturing the minds of tomorrow’s rising leaders, we light the way to a brighter future.
— Our Vision
Through dynamic and highly interactive learning experiences, we engage the minds of young people and cultivate leadership skills. Our programs and services nurture the entire person. We believe that everyone has within them the capacity to make a positive impact on the society. We also emphasize that through education and self-awareness, we can enhance not only our lives but the lives of those around us.
— Transformative Learning
Our programs are built upon the belief that the process of change has three dimensions: psychological, convictional and behavioral. With this knowledge, we facilitate growth and change relative to our participants understanding of themselves which in turn leads to revisions relative to their belief systems, and lifestyle changes.
Our programs emphasize the realization and fulfillment of our participant’s talents and potentialities. We believe that the urge for self-actualization is a drive present in everyone and we support this pursuit through our offerings.
— Holistic Well-being
We believe that well-being is an approach to life. Rather than focusing on compartmentalizing the cause and effect of the challenges our participants face when managing their personal well-being, we facilitate the growth of the whole person. This, in turn, impacts how an individual interacts with their environment.
— Social Justice
Through our programs, we promote tolerance, freedom, and equality for all people regardless of race, sex, orientation, national origin, and handicap.
— Dynamic Instruction
Through the incorporation of cutting edge engagement approaches, our programs cater to a diverse community of individuals with various learning styles. Our delivery is guided by Quantum Learning® models, humanistic philosophical approaches and, arts integration techniques.
— Peer Education
It is our belief that the most effective way to engage participants is through the implementation of programs where community members could become stakeholders and play a significant role in educating their peers. We facilitate trainings which promote exchange of information, values, and behaviors amongst those who are of similar ages, social backgrounds and/or life experiences.
— Collaborative Relationships
We welcome opportunities to work with and learn from others who share our vision of enhancing the overall well-being of our community. We seek collaboration with groups such as experts, leaders, and educators. We engage collaborators across political, ideological, religious, cultural, and other differences.
— Technology-enhanced Instruction
We use technology to aid our instruction and broaden our audience. Through multimedia presentations and online resources, we help participants learn better and facilitate their adaptation to the fast-paced technological environment they confront in the real world.
— Creative Expression
Through our programs, we integrate the arts and encourage creative expression. By integrating imaginative experiences, we engage the minds, bodies, and senses of our participants. Imaginative thinking is a powerful skill that is required for a wide variety of tasks including problem-solving.
Rising Sun's Team
With a common goal to provide youth and young adults with sustainable experiences for life, the energetic Advisory Board members of Rising Sun Cultural and Educational programs reflect a broad diversity of backgrounds as innovative educators; health and wellness program planners; engaged parents and mentors; wealth building and asset management professionals; public servants and community activists; wealth literacy coaches; and women empowerment advocates.
Mozella Perry Ademiluyi, Founder and Board Chair
Mozella is a social entrepreneur and involved parent who founded Rising Sun Cultural and Educational Programs in response to her concern that more innovative, community-based opportunities be provided for youth to actively and enthusiastically participate in their life skills development. She is an international traveler, mountain hiker, poet, writer, speaker, and businesswoman who is passionate about making an intentional contribution to the enrichment of our 21st-century world by nurturing, encouraging and developing our most precious global resource – our youth. Having obtained her undergraduate and law degrees at Howard University in Washington, DC. Mozella is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and is licensed to practice before the United States Court of International Trade. She has served on the boards of the Greater Washington Jump Start Coalition, The Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, Board of Directors, Member-at-Large, and The Community Foundation for Montgomery County. She and her husband, Adegboyega, established their family fund with The Community Foundation in 2008.
Jordan Lyle, Executive Director
Jordan is a community leader, educator and mental health specialist. As an effective communicator, she has worked with youth from various backgrounds in both the private and non-profit sectors. As an educator, she has made significant contributions as a teacher, curriculum writer, program developer and youth development specialist. Through her experiences in the realm of instruction, she developed a keen ability to meet the needs of youth at varying developmental and intellectual levels. After gaining further insight into the factors which lead to the success of young people, she pursued a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling at Trinity University in Washington DC. While pursuing her graduate studies, she developed an affinity towards humanistic approaches to counseling which are characterized by the goal of guiding individuals towards self-actualization and personal mastery. As a practitioner, she has worked with both youth and adults within private and institutional settings. Her non-traditional approach to mental health counseling is characterized by its emphasis on group work, mindfulness practices, expressive arts techniques and bibliotherapy. Her educational and professional experiences have guided her to an in-depth understanding of the factors that contribute to the intellectual, social and emotional development of young people. She is committed to nurturing the potential leaders of tomorrow by providing them with the tools for self-mastery. She presently resides in the Washington Metropolitan area where she is an active contributor to her community as an educator, counselor, and mentor.
Charlene A. Day, PhD, MPA, Advisory Board Member
Charlene is a behavior scientist providing health education and public health program evaluation to communities that are under-insured, under-served, and at risk for a myriad of chronic health diseases. She became fascinated about public health while working as a senior staffer for a prominent member of Congress in the late 80’s on the identification of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Having had the opportunity to advise members of Congress, Mayors and heads of national organizations on the conduct of health promotion and disease prevention programs, she became impassioned to help shape the public health research agenda. She firmly believes that health and true wealth are integrally related and that everyone can enhance their health status with a combination of information, access, and sustained behavior change. Charlene obtained her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Public Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds dual Executive Director positions at Education for Quality Living, a health promotion and disease prevention consulting firm and Rising Sun Cultural and Educational Programs. A true bi-coastal executive, Dr. Day lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and daughters while commuting monthly to the east coast.
Jodi Mezzanotte, Advisory Board Member
Jodi is an accomplished presenter of high-impact accelerated teaching methods to deliver complex wealth literacy concepts to youth participants. She is an adept train-the-trainer presenter who simplifies the intricate use of “context” placement to support “content” delivery as a tool that ensures results when participants return to their classroom or coaching environment. As the Assistant Superintendent of the Westbrook School Department in Maine, Jodi is committed to providing an educational environment that supports the whole child. This means that the students’ areas of emotional, social and academic development are considered when planning school experiences. She is a proponent of innovative, winning strategies that combine team teaching, professional development, and the best practices concentrated on high-quality education for all students. She is a certified Money Coach and also has extensive training in Quantum Teaching Methodology, a research-based framework promoting increased student engagement and academic instruction. Jodi is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.
Eric D. Bailey, CFP, Advisory Board Member
Eric has been a Certified Financial Planner since 1989. He specializes in providing investment, retirement, tax and estate planning solutions to entrepreneurs, small institutions, and high net worth families throughout the Washington/Baltimore Metropolitan area. He is consistently called upon to solve the retirement, family business successions management and advanced estate planning issues of business owners, professionals and executives affiliated with Fortune 500 companies. Eric is Principal Advisor to the Family Wealth Advisory Team of Bailey Wealth Advisors, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors. As a frequent speaker for local and national associations, Eric is in constant demand for his unique ability to engage and educate his audiences regarding their family financial issues and concerns. A graduate of Hampton University who has been appointed a member of the Montgomery County, MD Compensation Committee for Elected Officials and his services have been endorsed by the National Association of Minority Contractors.
Keva Marie Sturdevant, Advisory Board Member
Keva has over 25 year’s experience in the investment and money management arena, managing money for high net worth families, institutions, endowments, and non-profits. She has held corporate financial positions with Armstrong, Welch & MacIntyre, Hughes Capital Management, MCI WorldCom, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley. Her areas of expertise are in wealth creation, risk management, asset protection, and person financial planning. While at MCI WorldCom, Keva managed a team of 60 retirement specialists in the day-to-day execution of the corporate stock option plan and deferred compensation plans. Keva has made several live TV appearances on WUSA-TV, Washington D.C.’s CBS affiliate, appearing on “Mind Over Money” with Andrea Roane, and WCAU-TV, Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate Live News at 5pm. Keva was a featured columnist for Kidsville News, a national publication featuring financial literacy articles for “Parent Town.” She was also the “Living Smart” financial contributor for WUSA-TV-9 in Washington, DC. Ms. Sturdevant has been a guest on WHURs’ “Let’s Talk Money” with Taylor Thomas and “Beyond the Bling” on XM Satellite and most recently on WHUR’s “The Daily Drum” with Harold Fisher. She is an effective presenter on “all things money” – saving, investing, budgeting, wealth creation and giving back to the community. She is a sought after public speaker on all things money – saving, investing, budgeting, wealth creation and giving back to the community. Ms. Sturdevant is also a thought leader in teaching financial literacy to students of all ages.
Andrew Kutt, Advisory Board Member
Andrew has over 25 years of experience as a Montessori teacher, administrator, teacher trainer and educational consultant. He founded his own school, The Oneness-Family School, in 1988. At The Oneness-Family School, learning is not just about finding the right answers but about asking essential questions on the journey of discovery. He has taught students of all backgrounds and ages from first grade to college. He has also developed curriculum materials and activities in the areas of positive discipline, cooperation skills, virtues, citizenship, conflict resolution, multicultural understanding, world religions, and environmental studies. He established Peacekeepers, an after-school club that teaches students positive values and empowers them to become global citizens and is one of the founding members of the Montessori Peace Academy. Andrew is also an author, whose latest book, “Living in Harmony,” is a comprehensive handbook for teachers and parents to help students build citizenship skills and global understanding. He is also a published poet and songwriter.
Susan R. Jones, Esquire, Advisory Board Member
Susan is Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic at George Washington University Law School. She lectures frequently on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in small business within the context of community economic development. She is also widely considered a pioneer of the economic and community development field in clinical education. She has held teaching positions at City University of New York Law School, at Queens College, where she served as the 2004 Haywood Burns Visiting Chair in Civil Rights; and at American University’s Washington College of Law; and at Antioch School of Law. She is the senior editor of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She has written extensively about microenterprise and community economic development. Her research interests include the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, economic development, nonprofit organizations, and the arts. Professor Jones earned a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. and M.A. from Antioch School of Law.