the rising for boys

The Rising is our signature program, designed to prepare youth from high-poverty families to succeed in school and life. The group mentoring program is gender-specific, helping to transform the lives of boys and young men in area middle schools.

We are currently working with young scholars at two Seattle middle schools: Meany and Denny International. Programming is delivered by CARES-trained facilitators, mentors and professionals. We have a separate program for girls; learn more here.

A positive impact

The Rising works with boys from under-resourced families, helping to instill the determination and critical thinking skills they need to avoid painful, predicable futures. We also partner with public agencies and community organizations to provide these students and their families the help they need to overcome food and housing insecurities.

A recent Seattle study, conducted in 2020, showed 92 percent of young men who participated in The Rising had increased self-confidence. Racial identity and racial pride also improved as did social and emotional intelligence.

The importance of mentoring

Watch this video to hear what Black youth, some in foster care, say about the importance of mentoring.