APPLY

Apply to the Royal Oak Chess Citizenship Academy!

We will be offering a 10-week leadership development experience for youth in grades 7-10 (ages 12-16) focused on leadership, community building, organizing, problem solving and project management through chess! Youth will learn how to start their own chess clubs, how to take their chess play to the next level, and how to influence the culture of their communities through chess!
 
The sessions will take place on Saturdays, January 22-April 2, from 11:00am-2:00pm at St. Stephen’s Community House. We will only have space for 20 participants and so we are asking all interested youth to apply no later than Thursday, January 20, 8:00pm.
 
Preference will be given for youth in the 43211 and 43224 zip codes.
We are having an Open House and Information Session on Saturday, January 15, from 11:00am-1:00pm at St. Stephen’s Community House. Interested youth and community members may attend to play some chess, learn how to play, and learn more about the program! Let’s make moves!

WHAT WE DO

Helping youth develop a Royal Oak Chess (ROC) solid foundation.

R.O.C. CLUBS

Royal Oak Chess Clubs receive supplies, training and ongoing support from ROI to launch and maintain weekly site-based chess clubs and leadership activities at your local school, library, faith-based organizations, or community center.

R.O.C. ACADEMY

The Royal Oak Chess Academy intends to improve youth chess abilities and leadership skills through activities focused on community building, goal-setting, collective action, decision making, self-discipline, resilience, and resource management.

R.O.C. LEAGUE

Through the Royal Oak Chess League, youth can participate in our culture and community-focused tournaments at businesses and institutions of higher learning. Tournaments will include workshops, resource fairs and interactive keynotes.

WHO WE ARE

ERNEST LEVERT JR.

OUR FOUNDATION

Ernest Levert Jr, the Founding Director of The Royal Oak Initiative (ROI), has been playing chess since the 4th grade. Chess has provided him with a platform to connect with mentors, make new friends, explore different cultures, and empower his self-actualization. He hopes to share his experiences, expertise, and enthusiasm for the game of chess with youth from all walks of life. ROI was launched in 2014 to sustainably equip under-served populations with the education and the resources needed to eliminate personal and economic challenges as obstacles to kineticizing their greatest potential. Beyond the benefit of developing critical and strategic thinking, ROI seeks to use chess as a fun and challenging foundation for stimulating growth in the areas of citizenship, stewardship, and leadership.

GET INVOLVED

LAUNCH A SITE

Start a ROI club in your local community!
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GIVE A GIFT

Help us achieve our goals in supporting our community.
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VOLUNTEER

Get involved with ROI and sign up as a volunteer.
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