“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 first class of RISE is well underway. Those students are current Chester 7th and 8th graders. They completed their evaluation period in the Spring of 2014, spent a week at RISE Camp this past summer and completed their first semester of RISE by meeting weekly and studying the topic of “My Voice.” They are active in their second semester right now and are studying, “My Part” to discover their own strengths and weaknesses and where they fit into the larger chorus.

The second class of RISE has just recently begun. Current Chester 6th and 7th graders attended a RISE Summit on January 31st, and a RISE Ice Cream Social on March 14th.  Their next event is a RISE Community Service Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 11th.  At each monthly event the children will have the opportunity to evaluate the leadership program to see if they are interested in commiting to it and the Staff will be evaluating each child for leadership potential. In June every candidate will be personally interviewed (with their parent present) to determine if this program is a good fit for that specific child. If so, the child becomes a RISE member and is invited to RISE Camp in the summer of 2015 and will begin Year One of RISE in September 2015.


RISE YEAR 1 students went through their evaluation process from January 2014 – July 2014.  They have been meeting 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 YEAR 2 students are just going through their evaluation process now.  It began in January of 2015 and will continue through August of 2015.  Once they complete RISE Camp 2015, they will be official members of RISE.  We are still looking for boys in 6th, 7th or 8th grade to join the class of RISE Year 2.  If you are interested, please call Karen Hicks at 484-390-0689.

January 2015:
Parent/Student Orientation – completed
FREE and all attenders receive a $10 credit towards RISE Camp.

January 2015:
RISE Summit - completed
To read about the RISE Summit, please click here.

March 2015:
Ice Cream Social - completed
To read about the Ice Cream Social, please click here.

April 2015: 
Community Service Day - scheduled for April 11th.
To find out more about the April Ice Cream Social, please click here.

May 2015:
RISE Spring Retreat - schedule for May 1st – 3rd.
To find out more about the May Retreat, please click here.

June 2015:
First Quarterly Review - to be scheduled.

August 2015:
RISE Camp - August 11 – 15.
To find out more about RISE Camp, please click here.

September 2015:
Weekly meetings will begin in September.  

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