the rising for boys
The Rising is our signature program, designed to prepare Black youth 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 for Boys helps instill the determination and critical thinking skills needed to avoid painful, predicable futures, with a special focus on boys from under-resourced families. We also partner with public agencies and community organizations for services if students and their families 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 Rising Chant is part of each Rising session.
The Rising Chant
We are BRAVE. We are BRILLIANT.
We are STRONG and RESILIENT.
We are THOSE the WORLD AWAITS.
We are destined to be GREAT.
The importance of mentoring
Watch this video to hear what Black youth, some in foster care, say about the importance of mentoring.