“Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”  2 Chronicles 1:10

RISE is a teen leadership program serving 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the City of Chester.  RISE develops leadership through fostering personal Responsibility and Integrity, providing opportunities for Service, and instilling an expectation of Excellence in its participants; of themselves and of their community.

RISE expects its participants to become high-achieving individuals, positive influencers in their peer groups, and righteous leaders in their schools and neighborhoods as they model personal responsibility, integrity & excellence, and also demonstrate leadership through acts of service in their community.

RISE is designed to build vital skills that will help the participants RISE to their potential and understand their purpose in life.  It is a year-round program with workshops, weekly meetings, service projects and a week-long residential camp experience.  It is designed to be both developmentally and culturally appropriate and was created with the psychological concepts of self-efficacy and positivity in mind.

The program is in a “stepping up” process right now.  The program is being made available through a partnership that the Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation has with CCWA Paradise Farm Camps.  Between January 2014 and August 2014, the RISE program will have 8 offerings, one each month beginning with a Parent/Student Orientation.  The calendar below describes each event briefly.  In September, the program will officially begin with the 2014/2015 school year and participants will begin to meet once per week instead of monthly.

Parent/Student Orientation – completed
FREE and all attenders receive a $10 credit towards RISE Camp.

February :
RISE Summit - completed
To read about the RISE Summit, please click here.

Chester Waterfront CleanUp - completed
To read about the Chester Waterfront CleanUp, please click here.

Ice Cream Social - completed
To read about the April Ice Cream Social, please click here.

RISE Spring Retreat – completed
To read about the May Retreat, please click here.

First Quarterly Review - completed
All 58 remaining candidates were interviewed and the final 44 RISE students were selected.

Sunday, July 20 – Friday, July 25
Paradise Farm Camps, West Chester, PA
Cost is $100, but credits earned by attending prior RISE events can be applied.

Back to School Preparation and Service Project
Chester, PA
Roundtable to discuss the 2014/2014 school year.  Service Projects is the School Supplies Distribution.
FREE and all attenders receive a $10 credit towards RISE 2014/2015 Registration.

Weekly meetings begin in Chester.

RISE is so excited to finally be announcing the program that we have been praying about and waiting patiently to happen for the past year and a half.  We consider this start-up time between January and September to be an evaluation period.  We hope that many Chester 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will take the opportunity to experience the upcoming events and make a decision about whether this leadership program is something that they are interested in making a commitment to.  At the same time, the RISE team will be evaluating the enthusiasm, dedication and participation levels of each of the candidates to decide which ones are most capable of handling the challenges and expectations of the program.

To see a copy of the Power Point presentation which was given at the Orientation meeting on January 9, 2014, please click here.

Questions about RISE can be directed to Karen Hicks at 484-390-0689, or you can email Karen at Karen@AndrewLHicksJrFoundation.org.