“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 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th 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, 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 (RISE 14) who began the program in 2014, have completed their first two years. Those students are current Chester 9th graders. The second class of RISE (RISE 15) finished their first year this past May. Those students are current 8th graders. The third class of RISE (RISE 16) just completed their evaluation period this summer and are now RISE members.
RISE 14 went through their evaluation process from January 2014 – July 2014. They have been meeting weekly since September 2014. Their program just finished up its second year and they attended RISE Camp this past summer from August 7-11. They are now attending weekly RISE meetings. To see all that they have been doing, please click here.
RISE 15 went through their evaluation process from January 2015 – July 2015. They have been meeting weekly since September 2015. Their program just finished up its first year and they attended RISE Camp this summer from August 7-11. They are now attending weekly RISE meetings. To see all that they have been doing, please click here.
RISE 16 completed their evaluation period which began with the RISE Summit in April and included the Spring Retreat in May and summer RISE Camp. They are now attending weekly RISE meetings.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE RISE PROGRAM…
New applicants for RISE will be considered in January of 2017. All applicants must be current 6th-9th graders who live in Chester, PA. All applicants will be evaluated at monthly events from January through May, 2017 and qualified applicants will then be interviewed in June of 2017 before final selections are made. All accepted RISE students will then be eligible for RISE Camp in the summer of 2017.
Questions about RISE can be directed to Karen Hicks at 484-390-0689, or you can email Karen at Karen@AndrewLHicksJrFoundation.org.