Ruth’s Way is an Achievement Consulting Agency for Adolescent Girls, which strives to empower female youth to achieve their most successful futures possible, despite their past or current situation!
We provide our services to approximately 100-200 adolescent female youth and their families per year. Services are provided within communities in the Southwestern Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
Founded in 2005, Ruth’s Way, Inc. is a faith-based, family-operated and family-oriented, nonprofit organization and the only existing Achievement Consulting Agency for Adolescent Girls in the world! We help female youth ages 10-17 to achieve their most successful futures possible, despite their past or current situation. We help all girls to strategically plan for and achieve their most successful futures possible by showing them how to identify and then properly address barriers that threaten their successful futures so that they will be properly equipped to conquer future adversities as successful women. Ruth’s Way also specializes in the behavioral health issues of young ladies who have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives and are displaying negative behaviors as a result. All our programs and services are carried out from a strengths-based perspective which supports our young ladies and their families being in control of their own processes and outcomes.
Our key program is our Achievement Consultation Program which focuses on teaching female youth the phenomenal skill of healthy self-reliance through our “Blueprint-To-Achievement”. Through this process, we teach female youth how to properly identify and appropriately address their barriers to successful futures, including behavioral health issues, so that they are properly prepared to deal with future life adversities. This process allows us to provide female youth with the tools that they need to finally break the vicious cycles of dependency on programs and agencies which have historically oppressed them.
Achievement Consultation meetings are one-on-one meetings which occur with our girls and their guardians at a location that is most convenient for them.
Under the umbrella of the Achievement Consultation Program, we have an array of curricula that we facilitate which focus on long-term benefits for our female youth to achieve successful futures as productive women which benefits the entire community. We facilitate these curricula in the form of interactive conversations with our participants vs. talking at them, which we call “Forums”. Our Forums include The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum, The Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Forum, The Junior Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Development Forum, and The Smart Money Management Financial Literacy Forum. Our most popular Forum is The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum because it is all-inclusive in the fact that it represents the most effective and key elements of all the curricula combined. The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum provides adolescent girls with a distinctive, gender-based curriculum derived from a holistic approach, while combining the spiritual, physical, and mental aspects of healthy lifestyles. We teach female youth a very distinct combination of life skills which will help them to not only excel in any challenge that life places in their path, but more importantly to succeed in their journey of life!
Forums occur within a classroom at our partnering school agency facilities. School admins choose whether Forums are run before school, during lunchtime, or after-school.
Through the combined efforts of our Achievement Consultation Program and our Fabulous Forums, we have developed an effective strategy which enables students to more clearly focus on their educational priorities like increasing their grades and attendance and decreasing truancy and suspensions. More specifically, by combining our Life Skills Just for Girls Forum with our Achievement Consultation process, we have established an effective Social and Emotional Learning formula for female youth AND their families to achieve success.
What’s An Achievement Consulting Agency?
Ruth’s Way is the only organization that utilizes Achievement Consultation to help our girls to grow into successful women. Through our unique method of Achievement Consultation, we have produced an innovative and positive alternative process for addressing the negative behaviors, repetitive behavioral health issues, and recidivism patterns among female youth. As Achievement Consultants, our staff does not engage in the ineffective practices of traditional “Case Managers”. Historically, Case Managers have tried to “manage” the lives of their participants, by taking the lead in assuming what services and methods will “fix” their situation.
Our Achievement Consultants are strength-based Family Workers, which means that they carry out quality services from an empowerment perspective of helping our youth and their families to realize their own voice and power in controlling their own processes and outcomes.
How’s it all done?
Through a unique process called our “Blueprint-To- Achievement”, we show adolescent girls how to first properly identify, and then appropriately address their barriers to success, which are typically attributed to behavioral health issues on some level, so that they will be able to manage future adversities through healthy self-reliance.
Through our “Blueprint-To-Achievement”, the girls are empowered by learning how to control and change their own destiny. We teach girls how to properly navigate through life’s “hurdles and hiccups” so that they learn how to become effective problem solvers as they mature into productive citizens.
We realize that everyone encounters stumbling blocks at some point in time because life just isn’t perfect. Therefore, we teach female youth and their families how to maintain healthy self-reliance and interdependence so that they are properly prepared to deal with future adversities while family cohesion and preservation are maintained.
Our key areas of focus within this process are Family Development, Care Coordination, Life Coaching, Life Skills, Job Development, Job Readiness/Employment Soft Skills, Counseling and Mentoring for our girls AND their families. Utilizing this holistic approach allows us to effectively develop long-term goals focused on the successful future achievement!
Our mission here at Ruth’s Way is to empower adolescent female youth between the ages of 10-17 to realize their own voice and strength in their ability to control their own destinies and outcomes in helping them to achieve long-term success as ethical virtuous women of society. Through our unique process of Achievement Consultation, we teach adolescent girls the process of identifying their barriers to success, and then how to properly and effectively address these barriers so that they will become effective problem solvers and be properly equipped to conquer current and future life adversities. We specialize in reducing behavioral health issues and negative behaviors amongst adolescent girls so that they can more clearly focus on their current life priorities and their ability to achieve true success in their futures.
Through the elements of Family, Friendship, and Faithfulness, we are blossoming our girls into virtuous women! We encourage our girls to develop a new, value-based mindset, which helps to sow the seed of a virtuous woman! The foundation of our 3-F’s Value-Based System, of Family, Friendship, and Faithfulness, was derived from the values and morals of the Biblical story of Ruth.
Ruth’s entire journey was fueled by her faithfulness to God first, her mother-in-law and her determination to preserve her family connections. Ruth embraced the value of Family, Friendship, and Faithfulness; and she honored a moral-system that was based on great Love, Humility, and Respect. Most importantly, the core of this value system was family cohesion and preservation.
*We believe that a young girl who has truly embraced these values will no longer maintain a desire to repeat negative behaviors which are contradictory to these values.
Our Core Values:
During the most recent 2019-2020 school year, we provided services to over 155 young ladies across Allegheny County, 5 partnering schools and 5 collaborative agencies. Our data analysis reported the following outcomes were successfully achieved:
Participants Data Analysis Results:
- 91% of participants reported not getting suspended from school after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 82% of participants reported not gone late to school after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 91% of participants reported not getting into a physical fight with a classmate or teacher after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 82% of participants reported not getting into a verbal argument with a classmate or teacher after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 73% of participants reported not been drunk or high after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 91% of participants reported not stolen something after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 91% of participants reported not damaged or destroyed property purposely after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 100% of participants reported not been arrested after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 91% of participants reported they have not skipped a class at school after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 91% of participants reported that they did not choose to not attend school after joining Ruth’s Way.
Parents Data Analysis Results:
- 87.5% of parents reported that their child has high Confidence/Self Esteem after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 62.5% of parents reported that their child has healthy eating habits after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 75% of parents reported that their child is exercising regularly after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 87.5% of parents reported that their child’s mental health is good/excellent after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 87.5% of parents reported that their child’s physical health is good/excellent after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 100% of parents reported that their child’s Spiritual health is good/excellent after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 100% of parents reported that their child has a high attendance at school after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 100% of parents reported that their child’s grades have improved after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 87.5% of parents reported that their child’s communication skills have increased after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 87.5% of parents reported that their child ability to set realistic goals is high after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 87.5% of parents reported that their child has high barrier identification ability after joining Ruth’s Way.
- 75% Parents reported that their child’s negative behavior reduced after joining Ruth’s Way.
The Importance / Need:
Imagine if the behavioral health issues of female youth continue to go unaddressed, or even worse, continue to be improperly addressed? Well, these issues can grow and fester into much larger obstacles for our female youth, some of which may be detrimental to the survival of this generation of girls. Historically, the under-addressed behavioral health issues of female youth have frequently led to facility placement, which creates a much larger barrier for them to achieve successful futures or excel as societal leaders.
Ruth’s Way, Inc. is an effective, positive alternative to preventing the behavioral health issues of our female youth from growing into larger obstacles which prevent them from achieving successful futures. Our Achievement Consultation Program effectively addresses the repetitive negative behaviors and recidivism patterns of adolescent girls, so that these behaviors do not fester into permanent delinquency issues that can lead to their arrest and/or detainment in juvenile detention facilities.