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Over a decade of service helping to empower families ease their children's transition from high school to college.

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Our Motto

No child should be left behind, nor turned around due to a lack of funding and knowledge to go away to college.

What We Do 

College Readiness Workshops

We provide free in-person and virtual workshops. On topics that prepare students for college.

Scholarships

We help students apply for scholarships. We also provide a scholarship at the end of the school year to graduating seniors.

We provide Youth Mentors

To offer a unique experience we pair youth mentors with students that could answer their questions, help on forms, and keep them motivated.

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Become a RISE Volunteer

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Become a RISE Student

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Donate to RISE

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    https://goldininstitute.zoom.us/j/873820552
    Need money for college? Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) form can be confusing- and scary! Join us on March 5th for a free virtual workshop that'll tell you all you need to know about how to make sure you're taking the correct steps towards getting financial aid.
  • Jul 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Sherman Park, Chicago, 1301 W 52nd St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Join us for a trunk party with snacks and students! Come socialize with other youth of Chicago, and bring your friends & family along. But that's not all- students who submit an essay (graded for points), will be eligible to receive a college-supply trunk!
  • July 13th, 2024- Time TBD
    Harper High School, Chicago, 6520 S Wood St, Chicago, IL 60636, USA
    Are you prepared for college or trade school? Meet with us on July 27th to discuss what you need to know about 'life after high school' so you're prepared after graduation! Presenters will include RISE alumni, trade school students, and college students.
  • June 29th, 2024. Time TBD
    Location is TBD
    Want to know what its like living on or off a college campus? Join us on June 29th for a panel discussion featuring several college students, recent graduates, and RISE alumni! Discussion will include topics such as campus safety, greek life, student jobs, and more. Bring your family and questions!

TESTIMONIALS

ALEXIS BROWN / '2020

DAMARI GANDY / UIC / '2016

“THE RISE FOUNDATION HAS HELPED ME MENTALLY PREPARE FOR ALL THAT COLLEGE HAS TO OFFER AS WELL AS HELPED ME FILL OUT A NUMER OF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS IN AN EFFORT TO PAY MY TUITION. IN ADDITION, WALMART, A SPONSOR OF THE RISE FOUNDATION, HELPED FURNISH MY DORM ROOM WHICH HELPED ME SAVE MONEY ON DOOM ROOM SUPPLIES."

"ONE OF THE REASONS I JOINED THE RISE FOUNDATION WAS TO INTERACT WITH MY PEOPLE. I WENT TO A PREDOMINATELY WHITE HIGH SCHOOL AND IT'S HARD TO RELATE TO PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT LIKE ME. I"M NOT FROM THE INNER CITY, I"M FOMD THE SUBURBS AND I WANTED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THAT. WE HAVE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER, GROW, AND LEARN WITH EACH OTHER. I LOVE BEING A PART OF 'GIRLS IN PEARLS' AND THE RISE FOUNDATION BECAUSE IT'S A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND LEARN." 

WE HELP UNDERSERVED AND AT-RISK CHILDREN REACH A COLLEGE EDUCATION AND RISE ABOVE THE EXPECTATIONS.

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Triana Meyers N.I.U C/O 2018

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