RISE! is a four-year program that begins in a girl's freshman year of high school.
We work in conjunction with area schools to pinpoint young women with untapped potential that are ready to take their education to the next level. We then provide those young women with the financial education and leadership skills they need to succeed in life after high school.
RISE! is unique in that it is delivered in a school setting and during school hours. Girls do not have to worry about how they will get to RISE! or about staying after school. Through our school partnerships, we work out a schedule that allows girls the opportunity to participate.
Through our interactive curriculum, girls learn about decision-making, values, healthy living, self-confidence, career development, personal finance, budgeting, and goal setting.
“Coming from a family with limited resources, it was crucial for me to learn how to manage my money and be able to help my parents make smart decisions financially. My thoughts about money have changed drastically. Now I appreciate every dollar that's been given to me. I used to take for granted my parents’ bills and payments. I now understand that money plays a major role in our daily lives and the way it's spent can have long-lasting effects on us.”
– A Junior at Chavez High School
Each group of girls stays together for the duration of high school. As a result, the girls are able to support each other in school and beyond.
During RISE!, girls have the opportunity to visit local colleges and some of the Houston area's top employers. We teach them to write resumes and hold practice interviews. Girls also receive assistance with both their college applications and their financial aid applications.
We host RISE! at Greater Houston Area high schools, including:
Chavez High School. Northbrook High School, Spring Woods High School, Stratford High School, Yes Prep Eisenhower, Yes Prep Northbrook, Yes Prep Southeast, and Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy. At these schools, 40-95% of students are typically classified as ‘economically disadvantaged.’
When a girl graduates from RISE! she not only has a plan in place for her life after high school, she has the skills and confidence she needs to succeed.