The Rising program

the rising

The Rising is a group-mentoring program that transforms the lives of youth in area middle schools. We are currently partnering with students in Denny International Middle School and Meany Middle School in Seattle.

How it works

Our highly interactive, culturally anchored curriculum works to instill the determination, critical thinking skills, cultural pride and self-esteem needed to help students in under-resourced families avoid painful, predictable futures.

The curriculum comes alive during the weekly Wellness Mentoring Circles held during the school day. Here students learn social and emotional skills, discover racial pride, witness healthy behaviors modeled by mentors, and share triumphs and challenges with their peers.

The Rising’s strength lies in our dedicated leaders and CARES-trained facilitators who have advanced degrees in counseling, social work or psychology and a history of working successfully with young people.

Our impact

The Rising, developed by National CARES, has been tested across four sites. Children who participate in this program have exhibited the following results:

  • 84 percent learned how to be effective critical thinkers in challenging situations;
  • 71 percent eliminated self-harming behavior from their lives;
  • 84 percent felt a new pride in themselves as young Black people; and
  • 81 percent had, often for the first time, a sense of self-worth and hope for the future.

A virtual lifeline

The Rising offers a lifeline to a safe harbor for children and parents who are struggling economically and socially. To continue to offer The Rising to students in 2020, we have moved this program to an all-virtual platform.

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