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Junge Family UM-Dearborn Endowed Scholarship Assembly

JRLA 2014-15 Public Safety Drills

JRLA 2014-15 Public Safety Drills

Behind the scenes with Kyrie Irving & Jalen Rose at the USA Basketball Exhibition game in Chicago f/ the JRLA Varsity Basketball Teams

4th Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing ~ Hosted by Operation Graduation

3rd Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing 26 JRLA PIXDear Friend,

An epidemic is plaguing our country.  Did you know that every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school?  This translates into hundreds of thousands of high school students in Detroit alone at risk of dropping out. 

Despite their zip code, every student deserves the opportunity to receive a quality education at a quality school and that’s why I founded the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy on the Northwest side of Detroit.  When we opened our doors three years ago, we made a commitment to prepare all of our scholars to not only graduate from high school, but to graduate from college – a real game changer in urban education!

Funding an open-enrollment, public charter school is not an easy task, especially in Detroit where we receive roughly 85% of what nearby suburban schools receive. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive funding to purchase, lease, or improve facilities. Often times, this causes financial challenges that can limit the charter school’s ability to provide appropriate accommodations.  To financially support both the transformational educational opportunities for students at JRLA, and to provide the necessary facilities to house these unique programs, Operation Graduation is currently planning a fundraiser to support the capital campaign.  

Please join us for the 4th Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Outing presented by H.H. Barnum, Tom Gores/Platinum Equity and the Weissman, Eppler, Showich Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Michigan’s private Detroit Golf Club.  Sponsorship opportunities and additional information can be found here: 


Public Notice of Open Meeting – Special Meeting 08-19-14

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Board of Directors
15000 Trojan Street
Detroit, MI 48235

Pursuant of Michigan Open Meetings Act, Act No. 267 of the Public Acts of 1976, being Sections 15.261 to 15.275 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.


Summer camp gives Detroit students a boost in STEM education

bildeJuly 30, 2014 - Troy – Christion Henderson tapped the keys on his laptop, creating a Mario Brothers-type video game.

But he wasn’t just having fun. He was learning skills involving science, technology, engineering and math as part of a three-week summer camp session that runs through Thursday at Kelly Services headquarters.


Junge Family Endowed Engineering Scholarship provides opportunity for Jalen Rose Leadership Academy students at UM-Dearborn


Graduates of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), interested in studying engineering, will be eligible to receive a full scholarship to University of Michigan-Dearborn because of the generosity of a UM-Dearborn alumnus. The Junge Family Endowed Engineering Scholarship, funded by UM-Dearborn alumnus John Junge, will cover the costs for two JRLA students to study engineering at the university. The first scholarship recipient will enroll at UM-Dearborn in fall 2015, with a second in fall 2016.


UDM Student-Athlete Marchant Takes Mentoring Partnership Program to Next Level (at JRLA)


DETROIT (5/8/14) – Graduate student Shannon Marchant of the University of Detroit Mercy women’s track and field team has helped initiate a group-mentoring program during the 2013-14 academic school year. The program is designed to assist students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) to transition and succeed through their high school years, into college, and beyond.


Bad Boys Unite To Help Detroit (including JRLA) And Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Of The 1989 NBA Championship

Players Coming Back Together To Commemorate Iconic Team, Raise Money 
For Detroit Charities… Private Fundraiser Event To Be Held March 27… Championship Team To Be Honored At Pistons vs. HEAT Game March 28

AUBURN HILLS, Mich – The Bad Boys and members of the 1989 NBA Championship team are coming together to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their first NBA Championship, a title that energized the City of Detroit and solidified the Bad Boys’ place in basketball history.  A special charity fundraising event called “Bad Boys Unite” will take place on Thursday March, 27 at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit.  Team members will gather the following day for a special halftime celebration on Friday, March 28 when the Pistons take on the Miami HEAT at The Palace of Auburn Hills (7:30 p.m.). 

The 1988-89 Detroit Pistons won 63 regular-season games and stormed through the postseason beating the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and finally the Los Angeles Lakers.  Team members included Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, John Salley, Mark Aguirre, Dennis Rodman, Vinnie Johnson, James Edwards, Rick Mahorn, John Long, Fennis Dembo and Micheal Williams.   Constructed by Jack McCloskey and coached by the legendary Chuck Daly, Brendan Malone and Brendan Suhr, the 1989 team was cherished by fans in Detroit and gained national notoriety for their physical style of play.

Hosted by the Come Together Foundation, “Bad Boys Unite” will raise funds for six local charities – Forgotten Harvest, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Cornerstone Schools, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Rhonda Walker Foundation and CATCH (Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children).  


Black Enterprise – Jalenland: For the Ultimate Doer, a Higher Purpose Calls Back Home

black-enterprise-logoThe most outspoken member of the Fab 5 is a one-man media conglomerate. It’s because he’s trying to put his city on his back –transforming one mind at a time

By Darren Sands

November 22, 2013 — At 40, he’s a young man by every standard except that of a professional athlete. It’s only through that lens does the week of Nov. 10 make sense for Jalen Rose.

On Nov. 11 he tweeted that it was snowing in Detroit. The next day Mr. Rose did College Gameday at the United Center where four of the top five teams — Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky and Duke — played two riveting, highly watched games. The next morning he hopped on a 7 a.m. flight for an NBA Countdown meeting. On Friday he did the show with Bill Simmons and his good friend Sage Steele. None of that accounts for briefings on what’s happening on the school he founded. Mr. Rose also has a book coming in 2014 and founded Three Tier Entertainment, the production company that produced the Fab 5 documentary with ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.


JRLA Announces Philanthropic Support from Tom & Holly Gores

Detroit – (October 29, 2013) – The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), an open enrollment public charter high school in Detroit, today announced that Tom and Holly Gores have made a $250,000 contribution to support the school’s growth and development. The funds will be used for infrastructure improvements, personnel recruitment and retention, and other ongoing needs. 

Mr. Gores is principal owner of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) and is Chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity, whose investments in addition to PS&E include Detroit-area companies Active Aero, Acument and Chassix.

“Our companies are part of the Detroit community and quality schools are critical for the long-term health of the region,” said Mr. Gores.  “On a personal level, education is hugely important to our family and we are eager to help make a difference.” 


Hour Detroit Magazine – Winning Attitude

Former U-M and NBA star Jalen Rose tackles the challenges of funding a charter school

By Damon Autry
Winning Attitude

November 2013 — The images of Jalen Rose as a supremely gifted 18-year-old freshman at the University of Michigan are cemented in the minds of basketball fans: the baggy shorts, the black socks, the in-your-face bravado that depicted to the world he was impervious to failure.

Rose, along with his Fab Five teammates — Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson — took college basketball by storm in 1992 as the first college team to start five freshmen. The quintet spearheaded the Wolverines to back-to-back NCAA Finals appearances in 1992 and 1993, where they fell short both times.

Those were harsh blows to Rose, who now admits he was “irrationally confident” during that time. It was a mind-set forged as a kid while playing pickup basketball with several neighborhood friends on a milk crate nailed to a wooden light pole.


3rd Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing Presented by H.H. Barnum Company – Monday, September 9th


Detroit News: Jalen Rose 2013 Michiganian of the Year

June 5, 2013 – For 35 years, The Detroit News has tipped its newsboys cap each year to some of our state’s most inspiring people. We’ve saluted more than 400 individuals whose excellence, courage, philanthropy or simple acts of kindness uplift not only the metropolitan area but all of Michigan.

As much of an honor as it is for our recipients to be Michiganians of the Year, it’s an honor for us to be able to single them out. From boardroom titans to community activists and from famous athletes to unsung heroes, our winners have worked unselfishly to make others’ lives and surroundings better.


Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Strengthens Management Team

Board of Directors Contracts with American Promise Schools division of New Urban Learning

May 6, 2013 (Detroit) — Jalen Rose, Founder and Board President of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, today announced the Board’s decision to hire the American Promise Schools division of New Urban Learning to manage the Detroit public charter school for the next three years.

“Bringing in this all-star team of educators with a track record in Detroit and Chicago of graduating more than 90% of their students of color from high school and sending more than 90% on to college strengthens the promise I made to Detroit families to provide a public school that will prepare all of its students to succeed in college,” Rose explained.  “I’ve never been more confident that we will deliver on that promise.”


JRLA Facility Expansion Plans


(more…) Former NBA player, member of Michigan’s Fab Five committed to helping Detroit students succeed in college

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April 4, 2013 – Jalen Rose admits it’s not easy to open and operate a charter school but he is committed to doing it in Detroit.

Rose, a former NBA player, member of the Fab Five at the University of Michigan and current ESPN and ABC analyst spends a lot of his time focused on his public charter school, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in northwest Detroit.

Local 4′s Rhonda Walker recently interviewed him about the school and why he wanted to open it.

“That’s the best way I feel like it is to give back to our young men and women. I always felt like the eight most important years of somebody’s growth is the four that they should be in high school and the 4 that they should be in college,” said Jalen Rose. “You ask any adult where their dreams went awry, a lot of times it happens during the eight year period when they start driving start trying to figure out whether you are a leader or a follower. You start being exposed to sex, drugs, violence, gangs and all of a sudden you start making poor decisions and or great decisions that influence your future.”

Rose opened the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in 2011. This year it has about 200 9th and 10th grade students. Rose plans to expand another grade level each year.

The motto of the school is “Enter a learner. Exit a leader.” The kids see that message as soon as they walk into the school.



Enrollment for the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Begins March 1st

March 1, 2013 (Detroit) — Applications for enrollment to the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.  The Academy will accommodate 9-11th grade this upcoming school year and students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. To download an application or for more information, students can visit or call (313) 397-3333.

2013 Information Sessions
Prospective students, parents and/or school counselors are invited to visit JRLA during the 2013 Information Sessions to meet staff and learn more their break-the-mold plan for educating urban youth. An open enrollment, public charter high school on the Northwest side of Detroit, the Academy began its first academic year in September 2011.  JRLA currently serves 200 ninth and tenth grade students who commute from all across Detroit and the nearby suburbs; an additional freshman class will be added each subsequent year.

Join us every Wednesday @ 6pm for an information session!

Download an application here: JRLA 2013 Application


The Detroit Challenge… to benefit JRLA

Dear Neighbor,

As a philanthropist who truly gives from the heart, I established the Jalen Rose Foundation in 2000 to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth.  Since its inception, I have personally donated over $1.2 million.  My most substantial outreach initiative to date is the establishment of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and I need your help! I am launching THE DETROIT CHALLENGE to help raise much needed funds to support this initiative in my hometown.  If you are a successful metro-Detroit based company or individual looking for a way to give back to our community, please join me in my efforts; we all know “It takes a village to raise a child!”


Take Part: NBA Star Jalen Rose: Athletes Must Step Up and Fight for Fair Education in Their Hometowns

February 1, 2013 – In this exclusive op-ed, Jalen Rose and reformer Kevin Chavous speak up about the impact sports stars can have on education.

By the time you finish this sentence, another student in America will have dropped out of high school.

Every day, nearly 7,000 high school students across the country give up on the dream of a diploma, and by extension, a shot at a better life. A staggering number of these students are African-American and Latino, and come from low-income families.

Students drop out of school for a host of reasons, from family and social challenges, to poor instruction. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: Students in our nation’s most economically deprived areas need help. No high school diploma means kids will have very limited opportunities for employment, forcing many of them into a life of crime or poverty—or both.This narrative rings especially true in inner-city Detroit, where less than 30 percent of ninth-grade students will go on to complete high school. The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, located in Northwest Detroit, hopes to change this neighborhood’s narrative. 


The Huffington Post (Blog) JRLA: Bringing a Quality Education and Jobs to Detroit

February 1, 2013 – I grew up on the northwest side of Detroit.  My mother, a factory worker for Chrysler, raised me to be the man I am today.  Although there were times we went with no heat, I remember how hard she worked to provide for my brothers, sister and me.  There seemed to be plenty of jobs back then in the Motor City.  Times sure have changed.

What most of you remember from my days at Michigan happened on the basketball court.  Very few realize that I was actually a good student who also made the Dean’s List.  Education was always important to me and that’s why despite leaving college early for the NBA draft, I made it a priority to go back and earned my bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland University College.  Basketball was my spring board to college, but all inner-city kids aren’t that fortunate.


Ndamukong Suh’s November Attendance Challenge

Detroit News – Lions LB Stephen Tulloch’s kindness puts JRLA students on right path

Stephen Tulloch, left, and 10th-grader Armani Wiggins talk about the football team at Jalen Rose Academy. Tulloch sponsored an essay-writing contest at the school, with tickets to the Seahawks-Lions game the prize. (Ricardo Thomas/Detroit News)
October 17, 2012
By Josh Katzenstein

Detroit — When Stephen Tulloch was growing up in Miami, former all-pro Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas came to speak at his middle school.

Tulloch grabbed a front-row seat and watched in awe as Thomas spoke.

And as much as Thomas became a role model for Tulloch on the field, the Lions linebacker and defensive captain said he was an example of how an athlete can help his community.

On Tuesday, Tulloch discussed leadership with about 200 ninth- and 10th-graders at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy on Detroit’s west side.


Detroit 2020: Jalen Rose’s Detroit Charter School

This week, Detroit 2020 is showcasing athletes who give back to the community. Jalen Rose has turned to a successful broadcasting career after playing 13 years in the NBA.

Rose starred at Detroit Southwestern High School, and then at the University of Michigan. Now he’s taking on a unique challenge. He’s started an academy that’s all about leadership.


Rhee’s StudentsFirst Announces Diverse Board to Help Bring Ed Reform Message, Mission to National Audience… includes JRLA Founder

September 17, 2012 — Sacramento, Calif. — StudentsFirst announced today the appointment of a team of diverse and dynamic leaders to its board of directors. Each will help bring the StudentsFirst movement and its message, that all kids deserve a great education, to a wide-ranging audience.

Joining StudentsFirst founder and CEO Michelle Rhee on the board are:


  • Connie Chung, award-winning television news journalist
  • Bill Cosby, comedian and educator
  • Jennifer M. Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of Franklin Resources Inc. – Roland Martin, award-winning journalist, host of Washington Watch and syndicated columnist
  • Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, current Executive Vice president, News Corporation and CEO of Amplify
  • Roland Martin, award-winning journalist, host of Washington Watch and syndicated columnist
  • Jalen Rose, former NBA star, current ESPN Analyst and Announcer, Charter School Founder
  • Blair Taylor, Starbucks Chief Community Officer and former President of the Los Angeles Urban League


Detroit Free Press: A year inside Jalen Rose’s Detroit charter school

September 2, 2012 - By Chastity Pratt Dawsey Detroit Free Press Education Writer

• Video: Inside Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

• Picture Gallery:

Detroiter Talia Flowers sat calmly while her son’s future rested in a container the size of a tissue box.

Flowers and 14-year-old son, Alaye, were in the auditorium of an old elementary school that had been transformed into a charter high school last fall. On this spring day, one student — only one — would get a chance to enter 10th grade at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

Flowers was here for a lottery — 10 students on the waiting list were hoping for a fall 2012 seat in the school founded by Rose, a former NBA player and University of Michigan “Fab 5″ basketball star. The spot opened up when a student already enrolled left.


2nd Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing

Detroit schools are in crisis and, consequently, students are not receiving the education necessary to prepare them for their future. Only 31.9% of Detroit’s public high school students graduate in four years (Source: Education Policy Center at Michigan State University) and only 12.1% of the adult population in Detroit has earned a bachelor’s degree (Source: US Census). We are working to make the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) a part of that solution, and we need your help!

JRLA began its first academic year in September 2011 with an inaugural class of 120 ninth grade students commuting from all across Detroit and the nearby suburbs. An additional freshman class will be added each subsequent year. JRLA provides a leadership-focused experience within a high-performing high school that engages and inspires Detroit youth to achieve at the rigorous level necessary to ultimately graduate with a college degree. Students are provided with real-world, project-based experiences within the context of leadership, sports, and entertainment. JRLA is an open-enrollment tuition-free public charter school in which students receive extensive college exposure and course opportunities, thanks to a partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy.

Detroit charter schools receive less state-aid than Detroit Public Schools; including roughly 85% of what nearby suburban schools receive. It is vital to raise significant funds from private sources to meet our ambitious educational goals. To financially support both the transformational educational opportunities for students at JRLA and their families, and to provide the necessary facilities to house these unique programs, we are currently seeking significant philanthropic support from our community.

We kindly ask you to consider participating in the 2nd Annual Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Outing as a golfer, sponsor or auction item donor! This outing will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012 at Michigan’s Detroit Golf Club.  Each foursome will be paired with a local celebrity and sponsorship recognition benefits can be found on the attached form. During the event, auction items will be prominently displayed with an acknowledgement of your company’s donation followed by recognition on after the event.

JRLA offers Detroit children unique opportunities that they would not receive from any ordinary public school; therefore, this golf outing will directly impact the future of Michigan, and specifically Detroit families. We understand you are asked to support many causes, some very close to your heart. Our hope is that you find a place in your heart for the students of JRLA. What we are asking is nothing more than what is needed to give these children every opportunity to succeed. Thank you in advance for your consideration!


Dennis W. Archer – Chairman Emeritus, Dickinson Wright PLLC and Former Mayor of Detroit
Willie Burton – NBA Star
Derrick Coleman – NBA All-Star
Kristen Danyal – Miss Michigan USA 
Steve Fisher – NCAA Champion & San Diego State Head Coach

Dana Jacobson – Michigan Native, Former ESPN Host
Jimmy King – Michigan “Fab Five” Legend
Lila Lazarus – Television Personality
Herman Moore – NFL Pro Bowler & Detroit Lions
Ira Newble – NBA Star &  Current Coach of Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers NBA D-League Team)
Willie Norwood – NBA Legend
Brian Olatunji – Professional Race Car Driver
Rob Parker – ESPN Radio/TV Personality
Jalen Rose – 13 year NBA Star, ESPN/ABC Analyst
Matt Shepard – Radio & Television Broadcaster (Voice of Michigan Basketball)
Perry Watson – Detroit Basketball Coaching Legend
…and more TBA!!!


SILVER SPONSORS: T.A. Systems, HH Barnum, Wolverine Advanced Materials, Moscone Family Foundation and Charity Motors

HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR: Michigan First Credit Union

HOLE SPONSORS: Chemico Mays LLC, Creative Artists Agency, 3 Tier Entertainment, Origen Financial, Shifman & Carlson P.C., Great Lakes Wines & Spirits, CanStrong & Allstate (Nick Schrock)

IN-KIND SUPPORT: Underground Printing, Kelleher Enterprises and Absopure

AUCTION DONORS: Huntington Bank, Byrons Flowers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Tom James of Detroit, Biggby Coffee, Elements Massage,  Radiance MedSpa, Detroit Golf Club, Marriott,  The Henry, Neil Weissman, Tarek Saad, Vera Bradley and Paul Toutant

For more info or to register/donate, click here: 2nd Annual JRLA Celebrity Golf Outing

FOX 2 NEWS DETROIT – Jalen Rose Talks about Leadership Academy

Fox 2 News Headlines

Athletes for Education Reform – American Federation for Children

On July 10, 2012, the American Federation for Children co-hosted an event in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the 2012 ESPY Awards, that brought together education reformers from the world of athletics. The event was hosted by JRLA Founder, Jalen Rose.  A video produced by the Alliance shown at the event can be seen here: Jeep hosts Jalen Rose Leadership Academy students at Chrysler HQ to learn, play

June 8, 2012 — AUBURN HILLS, MI – Deandre Straughn received a glimpse of what his future could entail today in Auburn Hills.

The 15-year-old Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy student was one of about 90 students to visit Chrysler Group LLC’s world headquarters Friday as part of an ongoing partnership between the school and automaker’s Jeep brand.

“I was really grateful to have the opportunity to come out and see all the cars and to meet everyone,” he said, adding he wants to attend Western Michigan University to become a graphic designer. “They actually do some of the stuff I want to do.”


Shell Science Lab Challenge Announces 2012 Grand Prize Winner and National Finalists

April 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m. EDT – National Competition Honors Science Teachers for Developing Innovative Approaches to Providing Quality Lab Experiences to Students with Limited School Resources

ARLINGTON, Va., Apr 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association today announced the grand prize winner and four national finalists in the second annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. The competition encouraged teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover valued at $20,000.


***Help Sponsor a New JRLA Classroom***

JRLA is one of the few local charter schools with a waitlist… in order to accommodate our growing student body, we need to expand our existing facility by the 2013-14 school year. That’s where we need your support! If we get 10,000 supporters to each donate $10, we’ll reach our goal of $100,000 to build a much needed new classroom!

Donate. Make a Difference. Win Prizes!

Black Jalen Rose Dedicates Himself to Educating Detroit’s Children

The former NBA player partners with Jeep to provide a safe haven for Detroit’s next generation
by Darralynn Hutson Posted: March 22, 2012

Jalen Rose forged a path in professional basketball while just a freshman at the University of Michigan as a part of the infamous Fab Five. His balling career evolved as a first round draft pick for the Denver Nuggets, then excelled on several NBA teams, including the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and ending with the Phoenix Suns. It was during his time as an NBA player that Rose developed a philanthropic dedication to educating at risk youth. In 2011, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy [JRLA] opened its doors to over 100 9th graders on the west side of Detroit in an effort to give back to his neighborhood. caught up with the ESPN/ABC sports analyst to speak about his recent partnership with Jeep to accomplish his goal of empowering the youth of tomorrow through education.


Founder, Jalen Rose, on Channel 7 Action News Discussing Open Enrollment

March 19, 2012

Founder, Jalen Rose, on Fox 2 News Discussing Open Enrollment

March 19, 2012

JRLA Featured on CNN with Soledad O’Brien

The Jeep® Brand Partners with the JRLA

March 8, 2012 — The Jeep® brand has partnered up with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), an open enrollment public charter high school in Detroit, to develop a multi-phased development program that will expose participants to programs and events designed to enrich and develop their educational path.

Elements of the partnership include a mentoring program between Jeep brand employees and students, field trips to several Chrysler Group facilities including the Jefferson North Assembly Plant and the Jeep Design Studio, development of a marketing project, and sponsorship of the academy’s boys’ and girls’ basketball team.


The Oakland Press: Jalen Rose juggles sports, education — and thinks of being Detroit Mayor

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By CAROL HOPKINS; Twitter: @waterfordreport

Jalen Rose is no slouch.

Last Saturday he was in California calling the Long Beach State-Santa Barbara college basketball game for ESPN.

He watched Sunday’s big NFL conference games and then caught a redeye flight back to Detroit, arriving in town at 6 a.m. Monday.

The day was packed with meetings at his fledgling Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a Detroit charter high school that provides free tuition to students.

And now, following in the footsteps of one of his mentors, Dave Bing, he is considering a new gig.


Highlights of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Milestones

2011 Milestones

The Wall Street Journal: The Weekend Interview – From the Fab Five to the Three Rs

December 31, 2011

After 20 years of basketball fame and fortune, Jalen Rose returns home to Detroit to promote school reform and parental choice.

The 40-minute cab ride from the airport to the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Northwest Detroit isn’t pleasant. Nearly every other home is boarded up, abandoned, dilapidated, with rusted-out cars in the front lawn on sale for as little as $300. Some of the houses can be snatched up for as little as $5,000, and the main commerce visible are liquor stores, auto-repair shops and seedy bars. “You may have noticed,” says Jalen Rose, “there aren’t any Ritz-Carltons here or five-star restaurants, or even many businesses at all.” Welcome to the land of broken families and bankrupt businesses.

And school reform. Every weekday, 120 high-school freshmen from these neighborhoods attend Mr. Rose’s academy, some arriving after two bus trips and all before 7:30 a.m. Located in a former public school building, the school has spartan facilities—a science lab with almost no equipment, cracked windows—and few modern frills, though every student is given a computer.



$100,000 donation is the largest individual gift to the school to date

DETROIT – (November 14, 2011) – The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) announces a $100,000 gift from basketball legend Isiah Thomas.  The gift will be used to name a classroom in memory of Thomas’ mother, Mary.  Thomas’ gift is the largest individual donation to the school to date.

JRLA is a new tuition-free 9-12 college-prep public charter high school in Northwest Detroit. The Academy currently enrolls 120 ninth grade students, who will be followed by an additional freshman class each subsequent year.

“I’m trying to help get the project off the ground with some of my resources,” said Thomas, who played in Detroit for the NBA’s Pistons for 13 seasons, where he won back-to-back World Championships. “The more athletes can re-connect with their communities the better off we’ll all be. Some of us do a lot, and some of us don’t do enough.”


JRLA Gala Celebration @ MGM Grand (Nov. 6)

You are cordially invited to:



ABC 7: Tulloch inspires, shares story with students at JRLA

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Coach English: Love Conquers all… Story of how Ms. English, VP of Academics, donated her kidney to her husband

Michigan - Life is strange. Most people sleep, wake up and eat and sleep and wake up and eat. It is a gift that too many take for granted. As long as things are moving along most of us never think about how and why that happens.

Donshell and Pamela English have come face-to-face with the reality of the everyday function of the body. Not that every organ in the body is not important; however, the English family has had to come to a hallelujah meeting with their kidneys.


Fox Business: America’s Nightly Scoreboard

WDIV Channel 4 Detroit: Jalen Rose Talks About the New JRLA


EAGtv – Jalen Rose Addresses MI Senate Education Committee

Mackinac Center for Public Policy – School Opportunity in Detroit: JRLA Video

MAPSA Trailer Featuring JRLA

JRLA Back to School BBQ & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

August 22, 2011

1st Annual JRLA Golf Outing Articles



1st Annual JRLA Golf Outing Media Coverage

CELEBRITIES CONFIRMED! JRLA 1st Annual Golf Outing – July 11, 2011


Celebrities Help Raise Funds For Tuition-Free School of Excellence

DETROIT – (June 13, 2011) – On Monday July 11, 2011, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) will host its First Annual Golf Outing at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Founded by ESPN/ABC studio analyst, NBA Star and former University of Michigan “Fab Five” star Jalen Rose, the tuition-free, public charter high school is scheduled to open in September. This outing represents the first public fundraising effort to support the JRLA.

Please click here for a list of sponsorship opportunities as well as a registration form

For more information, call (248) 953-8123.

Each foursome in the Outing will be assigned a celebrity to be a part of their group. Celebrities scheduled to participate include: (more…)

JRLA Opening – Media Coverage

A Message from Excellent Schools Detroit… featuring JRLA

CBSDetroit News – Fab Five Wants A Slam Dunk For Detroit Area Students

Reporting Greg Bowman
June 7, 2011 – DETROIT (WWJ) – He was known as one of the Fab Five on the basketball court at the University of Michigan… Now Jalen Rose is trying for a slam dunk for Detroit area students.

The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is a charter high school for 9th through 12 graders set to open in September on Detroit’s Northwest Side. Rose says he decided to open the tuition free charter school because Detroit is facing a crisis in education.

“Only 30 per cent of 9th graders will graduate from high school,” Rose said. “When you hear those numbers, if we were a third world country, it would be declared a crisis, and there would be a state of national emergency.” Rose added that while graduation numbers are going down, the crime rate, the unemployment rate, and the poverty rate in Detroit  are all going up.”

Rose says he’s not competing with the Detroit Public Schools, but giving parents and students more choices for a high performing school in the city.

Rose tells WWJ, “When you talk about high performing schools in Detroit, you think about Cass Tech and Renaissance. We went to offer the same quality of education as those schools, and be comparable to private schools in the suburbs, but without charging tuition.”

The academy will enroll 120 ninth grade students this Fall, followed by an additional freshman class each subsequent year with a total enrollment of 480 students at full capacity after four years.

USA TODAY GAME ON! Jalen Rose will remain true to this school

By Reid Cherner
June 8, 2011 – ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose is opening his own school in Detroit.

The former University of Michigan and NBA star is returning to his roots. He was a USA TODAY All-USA second-team member after his senior season at Detroit Southwestern. (On the first team were future Michigan teammates Chris Webber and Juwan Howard.)
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will be a tuition free charter school for students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders.

“Only 30 per cent of 9th graders (in Detroit) will graduate from high school,” Rose said. “When you hear those numbers, if we were a third world country, it would be declared a crisis, and there would be a state of national emergency.” Rose added that while graduation numbers are going down, the crime rate, the unemployment rate, and the poverty rate in Detroit are all going up.”

March 18, 2011 – JRLA Sign Unveiling with Mayor Bing & CMU

On March 18th, the new Jalen Rose Leadership Academy sign was unveiled. Jalen was joined by Mayor Bing, Co-Founder Michael Carter, CMU’s Mary Kay Shields, JRLA Board members as well as many other supporters. JRLA opens September 2011!


Identified as one of the last surviving cars from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” donated from Jalen Rose’s private collection

DETROIT – (May 11, 2011) – Beginning May 22, 2011, one of the world’s last surviving 1969 Dodge Chargers from “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show will be auctioned on eBay Motors with proceeds to benefit the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) in Detroit.

Donated from ESPN/ABC studio analyst and 13-year NBA veteran Jalen Rose’s private collection, the vehicle was one of the last four vehicles remaining from the set and was purchased by Rose in 2001. Bids will be accepted for the auction starting at noon on Sunday, May 22, and the auction will run for a 5-day period, concluding at approximately noon on Friday, May 27. It will be a “No Reserve” auction, with a starting bid of $45,000. (more…)

FOX 2 NEWS – WJBK| Jalen Rose Giving Back with New Charter School

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May 16, 2011 – DETROIT (WJBK) – Don’t misunderstand.  Jalen Rose isn’t launching a basketball skills academy.

“I care way more about their GPA than their points per game,” he said.  “Detroit is in a crisis.”


ABC 7 ACTION NEWS – Preparations continue for the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

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May 16, 2011 – Planning and preparation continues for a new high school in Detroit started by former NBA standout Jalen Rose.

Rose talked with Action News inside the former elementary school in northwest Detroit that will become the home of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.


Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s Jalen Rose is busy throwing out first pitch, talking sports, raising money for school


May 14, 2011 – Member of Michigan’s Fab Five Jalen Rose was at Comerica Park today as he threw out the first pitch. But it wasn’t all about baseball for the Detroiter.

Rose is raising money for the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a charter school opening this fall on the Northwest side of Detroit. He’s auctioning off one of the last remaining 1969 Dodge Chargers from “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show on eBay Motors starting May 22 and the proceeds will go to the school. The car is part of his private collection.

On Saturday, he talked about the school, Michigan and his fund-raising efforts.

(more…) – Fab Five star Jalen Rose’s Detroit charter school gains support as May 14 open house approaches

By Mike Wayland

May 9, 2011 - It appears the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit has a powerful new ally.

Roy Roberts, the new emergency financial Manager for Detroit Public Schools, said he is open to any type of systems that will better educate the city’s schoolchildren.

“I am for any good system, sustainable system, that can educate our kids, give them a first rate education and to prepare them to be college-ready or career-ready when they leave our school system,” Roberts told WJR-AM 760’s Frank Beckmann on Thursday. “So I think for me to turn my back on any system would be a gross injustice to the young people in the Detroit school system.”

Although Roberts wasn’t speaking directly about Detroit native Jalen Rose’s academy, which is currently accepting applications for its inaugural “Fab Freshman Class,” he echoed its mission. (more…) Fab Five star Jalen Rose hopes his charter school helps fix education ‘crisis’ in Detroit

By Michael Wayland |
May 6, 2011 – Detroit native Jalen Rose says Detroit Public Schools is “in a crisis” and he, along with every person in Michigan, should do their part to help the city’s schoolchildren.

“Two-hundred and thirty-eight Michigan schools scored zero on a recent proficiency test! Zero! They’re dropping money per student by the state, but they’re raising money — and the costs stay the same — for building jails,” Rose told Detroit during a phone interview from an ESPN studio in Bristol, Conn. “That doesn’t add up.

“That number has to change and I’m just trying to be one vessel for it.”

Rose, a former member of the University of Michigan’s “Fab Five” and 13-year NBA veteran, is attempting to help with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, 15000 Trojan St., Detroit.  (more…)

97.1 The Ticket with Stoney

May 5, 2011 - Stoney talked with former Michigan PG Jalen Rose this morning about his Jalen Rose Leadership Academy which is a new charter school scheduled to open in Detroit this fall which is accepting applications for 9th grade students through May 31st. Jalen also talked about why Chris Webber wouldn’t do the Fab Five Documentary along with the current state of the Pistons and what needs to be done to fix them. Take a listen to the podcast here:

WDFN Podcast with Matt Shepard

May 5, 2011 – Jalen joined Matt Shepard of WDFN on a podcast and had the opportunity to discuss JRLA – click here to listen:


Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applications -
Information Sessions Scheduled April 26 and April 30
on the University of Detroit Mercy campus

DETROIT, MI – Applications for incoming freshman are now being accepted at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) for the 2011-2012 school year during its open enrollment period running through May 31, 2011. A public charter high school for grades 9-12, JRLA is scheduled to open in September 2011. The Academy will enroll 120 ninth grade students for this Fall, followed by a new freshman class each subsequent year with a total enrollment of 480 students at full capacity in four years. (more…)

UDM Varsity News – Jalen Rose honored as academy bd. meets on campus

By: Michael Martinez

March 23, 2011 - Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh administered the oath of office to seven members of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy’s board of directors Friday in UDM’s student center.

“I’m ready for this challenge,” said board president Jalen Rose, the former basketball star who is co-founder of the academy. “It’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work, and I’m excited to help influence so many children in a positive way.”

UDM will be involved in Rose’s high school academy in a number of ways. For one, students who graduate will automatically be accepted at the university.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to take classes and be involved in activities on UDM’s campus throughout their high school years. (more…)

CBS Detroit News: Jalen Rose Wants To Give Back Through Education

DETROIT (WWJ) - A former NBA player out of Detroit is reaching out to underprivileged kids in the motor city to offer them a leg-up on the ladder to a good education.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting spoke with former UM and NBA basketball star Jalen Rose about giving back to the children in the Detroit area:

“I want to show them that, not only do I care about them, but I am trying to do what I can to be a vessel to help them unlock their future, to put them in a position for success,” says Rose.

“We’ve helped influence 40 kids via scholarship already and I have an endowment at the University of Michigan,” Rose says. (more…) – Jalen Rose Making a Difference in the D

The way Jalen Rose (1992-94) sees it, you either ignore your roots or you do something to make those roots stronger.

Rose — the former Fab Fiver who helped the Wolverines to NCAA championship games in 1992 and 1993 — long ago chose the latter.

Headline, Nov. 18, 2010: “Ex-NBA star builds charter school” (more…)

The Varsity News: UDM to support ‘Fab Five’ star Jalen Rose’s new charter school

By: Michael Martinez

Jalen Rose was a leader on the basketball court.

As a point guard, he guided the University of Michigan’s “Fab Five” to back-to-back NCAA championship games in the early ’90s and, later, took the Indiana Pacers to the NBA finals.

Now, four years removed from basketball, he’s becoming a leader in a different career-education.

Rose is co-founding the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a public charter school that will open in northwest Detroit this fall. Rose hopes the school will give hundreds of at-risk children a chance at an exemplary education.

The first class will consist of 100 ninth-graders. Within four years, the school will have 400 students in grades nine through 12. The students, all from Detroit, will be chosen by lottery.

In an interview at UDM Tuesday, Rose said the academy was his way of showing thanks to his hometown. (more…)

UDM to serve as university partner for Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

UDM recently announced that it will serve as university partner for the new Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, co-founded by Jalen Rose, a University of Michigan alumnus and former Fab Five basketball player, and Michael Carter ‘72, ‘78, an entrepreneur who holds a liberal arts degree and an M.B.A. from University of Detroit.

The Academy is one of four new public charter high schools in Detroit supported by Michigan Future, Inc. The school, which is scheduled to open in September 2011, will provide a supportive educational opportunity for Detroit students to help them meet the Michigan Future expectations that: 85 percent of the students will graduate; 85 percent of the graduates will enroll in college; and 85 percent of those students will graduate from college. The Academy will strive for 100 percent high school graduation, 95 percent college enrollment, and 90 percent (more…) – Good News Now: Ex-NBA Star Builds Charter School

(Nov. 18) — Former NBA star Jalen Rose has a lot to be proud of: He was a player on two University of Michigan basketball teams that went to the Final Four; he had a 13-year career in the NBA and he is currently a highly regarded hoop analyst for ESPN.

But his greatest honor won’t be ready until next year: his own school.

Rose is building a charter school in his hometown of Detroit that will help give students the education and life skills they need to succeed.

When the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy opens in September 2011, it will provide a free education to 500 high school students.

Even though Rose is reportedly one of only three athletes who have had a school named for him, he’s more thrilled about the prospect of making a difference. (more…)

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy: MFS Press Conference

Detroit, MI
~ A charter high school at the forefront of an entire urban educational transformation

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will be a charter school designed to provide a rigorous, nurturing college-prep experience for Detroit students who will have real-world, project-based experiences organized around themes and career opportunities in leadership, sports management, and entertainment industries. This 9-12 college-prep high school will ensure students receive extensive college exposure and course opportunities through a partnership with University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). The Academy is committed to ensuring 100% of its students graduate from high school, 95% enroll in college, and 90% of those enrollees will graduate from college. The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will soon finalize plans for acquisition and remodeling of an existing school site in the City of Detroit with plans to open in Fall 2011.

The unique brand identity of Jalen Rose is designed to (more…)