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Our Mission


Raising the Standard Foundation's mission is to empower, enhance, and expose traditionally under-represented youth in Fort Worth and surrounding areas through educational opportunities, mentorship and scholarships.


Raising the Standard Foundation is the catalyst for creating leaders who are college, career, and military ready and prepared to positively impact the economic, social and cultural landscape both locally and globally.

Raising the Standard Foundation achieved 501(c)3 status on August 12, 2014 by the Internal Revenue Service.

We believe all youth can embrace who they are,
define their future, and change the world. 

Message from the President

On behalf of the esteemed Board of Directors and over 230 extraordinary members of Raising the Standard Foundation, I am honored to welcome you to our official website and invite you to learn more about our organization and the community we serve.  


Since our founding in 2014, Raising the Standard Foundation (RTSF) has strived to make a difference in the City of Fort Worth and surrounding areas by remaining focused on our mission statement to EMPOWER, ENHANCE, and EXPOSE our youth. We are grateful for the previous presidents who implemented an array of programs that were impactful and gained substantial recognition.  The foundation's history is noteworthy however, there is more work to be done in the community.


The need for our mission has never been stronger and our members remain connected; Connected to the community, connected to our scholars, and connected to our sisterhood. We are inspired to continue building on the opportunities that lie ahead.


As a 501(c)3 organization, we depend on contributions from businesses and individual donors to support our activities. We encourage anyone considering a financial gift to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and visit our website regularly to obtain information on upcoming programs and events.


Thank you for your interest in our organization and your support.


With Gratitude,






Amy W. Akanni, President 2022-2023

President Message

RTSF Board of Directors


Amy Akanni



Sherri Smith

Financial Secretary


Nicole Alexis

Member at Large


Jamye Franklin 

Executive Director


Shelia Barnett



Annie Taylor-Curtis

Member at Large

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Monica Sowell



Shay Gipson

Grant & Development Coordinator


Freda Murray

Member at Large


We Need Your Support Today!

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