The R Rules is a process and curriculum to identify, access, build, and apply resources for success in school, at work, and life. The R Rules uses a caseworker model, systems approach, and draws on concepts from Bridges Out of Poverty and A Framework for Understanding Poverty.

The R Rules is a facilitated learning process. Change in The R Rules is in relationship to awareness, seeing with new eyes, identifying and expanding options, and building on strengths. Participants work and contribute as a community of learners and leaders as they develop skills and resources to successfully access and navigate different environments and systems.  The R Rules facilitator training uses a learning process, ongoing support, and collaboration and contribution in a community of learning.

The R Rules is part of a comprehensive approach to building stronger communities. The R Rules runs across and engages multiple sectors in a community—faith, health, and community-based organizations; business and industry; educational institutions; social services; and the judicial system. The model is a nexus that builds bridges in and for communities to come together and work with youth as they engage in projects and processes to identify and build resources and relationships for sustainable communities. The R Rules is an adaptable curriculum that has been used successfully as a workshop, in after-school and summer programs, and as a class for children of family members completing Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World. The R Rules is an asset-based model that uses research-based strategies, information, and activities to identify and build resources. The R Rules has been used in schools as a curriculum for advisory, a one-semester or a full-year course, a series of courses over multiple years, and dual credit courses delivered on campus or online.

While we have not implemented this curriculum in our community, we are interested in finding community partners to host these classes.  The age-range for this curriculum is teens ages 13-18. 

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Mary Cacioppi at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..