Our mission is to inspire college students in underserved communities to unlock their potential by providing them with the coaching, connections, and community they need to launch their careers and thrive.
In January 2016, two non-profit veterans, Romi Lassally and Patrick McCabe, saw the opportunity to transform outcomes with targeted support—to take the foster youth that were motivated, ambitious, and tenacious enough to make it to college and ensure they had the resources, relationships, and opportunities they needed to succeed there and in all facets of life. Romi and Pat believed that if every college student impacted by foster care had the kind of support they needed, when they needed it, they could be successful and have a shot at pursuing a future brighter than their past. Initially leveraging their own personal and professional networks, they began to close the opportunity and network gap their students faced.
Encouraging others to start opening their own networks as well, the RTS network began to grow exponentially, creating a deep bench of caring and connected professionals across all industries and at every level of the career ladder.
In January 2022, RTS expanded to include low-income first generation college students. Along with students impacted by foster care, these first-gen Scholars have unique access to a diverse group of thought leaders, innovators and passionate professionals who offer advice, opportunities and a community of support.
Our employment partnership program offers powerful ways for companies to engage with our students through mentorship, leadership, hiring and financial sponsorship. By opening their doors, these innovative companies are accelerating the career success of our students and contributing to a more diverse and culturally collaborative workforce. It’s a win win for everyone.
Aids Healthcare Foundation
Anthony + Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
Bank of America
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Conrad Hilton Foundation
Creative Artists Agency
Disney-ABC Television Group
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
Lourd-Murray Private Wealth Management
Penske Automotive Group
Safe Place For Youth
Steaven Jones Development Company
The Museum Of The Holocaust
The Wonderful Company
3 Arts Entertainment
United Talent Agency
Universal Music Group