R.I.S.E. Academy
(Redefining Identity through Service & Empowerment)

Founded in 2020, RISE Academy is our cornerstone program for youth in grades 6th -12th. As an intergenerational mentoring program, this program provides support, opportunities, and fun experiences.

RISE Academy is a school year journey in which youth engage in intensive self-reflection and develop positive critical thinking habits. The Academy teaches young people to be responsible for their actions, helpful to their community, learn about the benefits of further education, and much more! Over the course of 36 weeks, mentees attend group sessions, take educational trips, and receive coaching from one of our ever-expanding community partners. Youth join the academy by application or referral by a school, parent, or social agency.

To progress to the conclusion of the program, mentees MUST have a participation rate of 90% during the 36-week program. 

Upon acceptance, participants of RISE Academy will work on the core skills of:

Self-Development and Management
Positive Decision-Making Skills
Relationship Skills
Social Responsibility and Awareness
And much MORE

Goals of the Program:
Youth will report an increase in self-awareness.
Youth will report having at least two positive adult connections.
Youth will report improved family relationships.
Youth will report becoming more aware of community resources.
Youth will report improved academic performance.

Once a year (Months of June & July)
Must not have had contact with Juvenile court in the past 12 months

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Are You Ready for the Next Step?