“This is one of the greatest callings in the world,” says, Rev. Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Victor Hugo once said, “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." This summer, Rev. Kyev P. Tatum put his heart together with other Pastors and community leaders to establish an academic program concept to help change the lives of many of our most at-risk children.

Rearing Our Own to Succeed Academy or ROOTS ACADEMY opened its doors on to serve students from several school districts, including Crowley, Fort Worth, Arlington, Austin, Mansfield, Everman, Houston, Dallas, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

An accelerated learning program for students in K-12 education, ROOTS Academy targets at-risk students who are serious about “excellence in learning” and will dedicate themselves daily to activities that will enhance the student’s academic performance, improve reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills and promote Abstinence and Achievement.

ROOTS ACADEMY’s mission is to educate and prepare students to become thoughtful active citizens who have an appreciation for the basic values of our culture and national heritage and who can understand and productively function in a free enterprise society.

National research clearly shows that students who spend the summer actively reading and writing daily are better prepared and less likely to engage in unhealthy sexual activities.

Each child participated this summer in healthy daily activities that improved their academic skills, improve their self-discipline and esteem, and further their spiritual growth and leadership development.

“We recognized that our children are in need of additional support and that the Church is a great place to offer supplemental support services,” says, Rev. Tatum, pastor of Friendship Rock Baptist Church and founder of ROOTS ACADEMY.

Housed on the campuse of Sycamore Center Villas, ROOTS ACADEMY served over 250 students through its academic enrichment and summer food programs.

“We were blessed to serve many children and summer meals on a shoestring budget this summer to students who otherwise would not have had a hot breakfast or lunch,” says Rev. Tatum

“This is the miracle, ” he said.

Leaders for ROOTS ACADEMY are optimistic about future program developments. Officials are currently exploring opportunities to collaborate with other institutions and agencies within the community to begin an after-school initiative and a research-based charter school to address the mental health of these students.

“Many of our children in these communities need the proper diagnosis and services that are necessary for them to grow into healthier and smarter adults,” Rev. Tatum says. “We are committed to making sure they receive the best in quality care from the right providers,” he said.

In a short period, the ROOTS ACADEMY has received recognitions for its innovation in program ideas from local, state and national leaders. Fort Worth Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks has invited the students and staff from the ROOTS ACADEMY down to City Hall for special recognition. Former United State Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige has endorsed the program and has agreed to serve as the honorary chair of the ROOTS ACADEMY advisory board.

“The time has come for everyone in the community to take back the responsibility of rearing our children to succeed,” says Pastor Tatum.

“We may have lost some of our children in the past, however, we believe we are called by God to reach out to the least, last and the lost and most of these are our children,” Rev. Tatum said.

In order to create an environment of excellence and establish high expectations for our participants, each student and parent are required to complete an interview before they can enroll into the after school program.

“This is one of the greatest callings in the world,” says, Pastor Tatum.

Parents are encouraged to contact ROOTS ACADEMY officials at 817-966-7625 to discuss enrollment into the after-school program.

ROOTS ACADEMY is a member of the America’s Promise Alliance.