“RISE! taught me that I’m not alone. Not everyone learns the dance steps the first time.
But that made me realize how hardwork pays off. I had a lot of fun and met some life long friends.”
- Sydney, age 14
RISE! (Rhythm in Setting Expectations) engages low-income young people in significant exposure in the arts as a way to develop skills they need to be effective in work, at home, and in school. Each year, 700 children and teenagers participate in intensive hands on workshops in dance, music, creative writing, media and visual arts, theater and technology while enjoying social and life building experiences. RISE! is a year round after-school initiative that builds on student’s experiences in the summer arts program, and provides an environment to serve their unmet educational needs and interests. The benefits of ‘setting expectations’ are clarity of purpose, increased likelihood of success, and early visible results. RISE! is not a ground for artistic training but, instead it uses the arts as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self-discipline, creative problem solving and critical thinking skills — a paradigm for success.
Tutors and mentors participate in consistent meetings with students for academic enrichment, and work to establish goals such as making good grades or attending college. Mentors also assist students in creating life action plans, such as a goal time line. 80% of RISE! high school students graduate and attend college or serve in the military.