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Concrete Roses is geared to nurture the goals, aspirations, and ambitions of our mentees and help them overcome obstacles to blossom into successful young ladies.


Our Principles


Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship 


Cultivate skills to motivate, empathize and build relations


Develop strategies to achieve  full academic potential


Voluntarily serving our community wholeheartedly


​The Mission of The Concrete Rose Foundation is to embrace, empower, and educate at-risk minority girls and equip them with the skills to make positive life choices.


The Concrete Roses Foundation envisions a community with a constant effort to cultivate a sense of self-worth and equality in adolescent 

minorities which will afford them the same opportunities regardless of their race, gender, environment or socio-economic status.


​We believe that developing  communication skills, improving academic performance,  building self-esteem, managing social & emotional wellness, and practicing bullying prevention are the keys to maximizing the potential of all girls regardless of their background.


The purpose of The Concrete Rose Foundation is to provide advocacy and assistance to minority youth through targeted mentorship to minimize the risk factors attributed to adolescents in underserved communities.

Our Principles



Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship 

Encouraging girls to take ownership of their actions and accept responsibility for their mistakes helps them develop a strong sense of accountability and integrity.



Attendance, Classwork, Homework, Participation

Helping girls develop strategies to reach their full academic potential. We offer:

  • Afterschool tutoring

  • Homework help



Innovative, Confident, Passionate, and Committed

Helping our girls cultivate the skills and qualities to be effective leaders. Mentees are provided with opportunities to take on leadership roles by serving on our Junior E-Board:

  • Student President

  • Student Vice President

  • Student Secretary


Voluntarily serving our community teaching important skills like empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

  • Feeding the less fortunate

  • Adopt-A-Street Program

  • Campus Clean-up


Closing The Racial Achievement Gap

Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) has the WIDEST racial achievement gap in the State of Florida between white and Black students in both English language arts and mathematics.


The 2021-2021 State Assessments revealed a 28 point difference between White students and African American students in ELA and a 31 percentage point difference in Math. Alachua county has a 45 point difference (17 points higher than the State) between White students and African American students in ELA and a 46 percentage point difference in Math (16 points higher) than the State.

ELA Gaps in Florida v. Alachua County

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Math Gaps in Florida v. Alachua County


It is essential that all students are provided an opportunity to achieve their highest academic, professional and life goals regardless of race/ethnicity, disability, economic status, or native language.

What else does the data say?

  • Alachua County has the fourth highest out of school suspension rate for Black students of all Florida school districts. 

  • Only 26.7% of Black students as compared with 71.5% of White students in Alachua County scored at or above grade level in English Language Arts on the Florida State Assessment (FSA) (FLDOE, 2018a).

  • Schools with magnet programs have a 66.8% achievement gap between Black and White students in ELA (SBAC, 2017; FLDOE, 2018b).

  • Black students comprise 35.5% of school population but account for 70.6% of district suspensions (FLDOE 2018b; FLDOE, 2018c).  


Concrete Roses?

The Concrete Rose Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors with over 35 years of collective experience as Educators in the Alachua County School District. 


We can start narrowing  the racial achievement gap by providing targeted interventions to African American youth in Alachua County. 

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