“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. The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation partners with NorthBay to provide this intense program to these rising leaders in Chester.

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, weekend retreats, field trips, 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 first class of RISE, now called the RISE Veterans, have completed their first year. Those students are current Chester 8th and 9th graders. They completed their evaluation period in the Spring of 2014, spent a week at RISE Camp last summer, completed their first year of RISE by meeting weekly and studying the topic of “My Voice” during their fall semester and “My Niche” during their spring semester.  Most recently, they participated in their second RISE Camp in August 2015.  They are just beginning their third semester this fall and are studying, “Our Harmony” to see how they can work as a group to build community and overcome issues and obstacles in their community.

The second class of RISE, called the RISE Rookies, finished their evaluation period and just completed their first RISE Camp in August 2015.   These students are current Chester 7th and 8th graders. They are just getting ready to start their bi-weekly meetings, focusing on the topic of “My Voice” where they will be discovering their own voices and the power they have to influence others with their opinions and effective presentation.


RISE Veterans went through their evaluation process from January 2014 – July 2014.  They have been meeting bi-weekly since September 2014.  Their program comes to a close in May of 2016. To see all that they have been doing, please click here.


RISE ROOKIES have completed their evaluation period and are beginning their bi-weekly meetings. Their two-year program comes to a close in May of 2017.  To see all that they have been doing, please click here.


New applicants for RISE will be considered in January of 2016.  All applicants must be current 6th or 7th graders who live in Chester, PA.  All applicants will be evaluated at monthly events from January through May, 2016 and qualified applicants will then be interviewed in June of 2016 before final selections are made.  All accepted RISE students will then be eligible for RISE Camp in the summer of 2016.

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

RISE SCHEDULE for Veterans and Rookies
September 2015 – May 2016

All meetings are held at Chester Charter School for the Arts in Aston, PA from 5pm until 7pm unless otherwise noted.

9/24/2015      Veterans/Rookies and All Parents’ Mandatory Meeting at 6pm
10/1/2015      Veterans
10/8/2015      Rookies
10/15/2015   Veterans
10/22/2015   Rookies
10/29/2015   Veterans
11/6/2015      Rookies/Veterans Weekend Retreat
11/12/2015   Rookies
11/19/2015   Veterans
11/21/2015   Community Service Project in Chester
12/3/2015       Rookies
12/10/2015   Veterans
12/17/2015   Rookies

1/21/2016      Veterans/Rookies and All Parents’ Mandatory Meeting at 6pm
1/28/2016      Veterans
2/4/2016        Rookies
2/11/2016      Veterans
2/18/2016      Rookies
2/25/2016      Veterans
3/3/2016        Rookies
3/10/2016      Veterans
3/17/2016      Rookies
3/24/2015      Veterans
3/31/2016      Rookies
4/7/2016        Veterans
4/14/2016      Rookies
4/21/2016      Veterans
4/28/2015      Rookies
5/6/2015         Veterans/Rookies/New Applicants Weekend Retreat