The Rising has been fortunate to partner with two Seattle middle schools whose principals and staff have fully supported the program goals. At the end of the school year, we asked Chanda Oatis, principal, Meany Middle School, and assistant principal Mawiayah Fields, Denny International Middle School, to share some feedback with us.
Ms. Fields noted that students were uplifted by the program. “The Rising scholars see that there are adults and a community who truly believe in them and their families,” she said. “The mentors are a dedicated and caring support team. I really enjoyed their fellowship and intentional request for feedback to improve the level of programming.”
Family members also realized the value of the program. Several family members whose children attend Denny International told us how excited the students are to join the virtual session each week. “For one young man, his confidence increased and now he has another role model to hold him accountable,” said Ms. Fields. The program also helped his family build positive relationships and the family felt supported through difficult times.
At Meany Middle School, The Rising received high marks as well. “It’s a part of their week that they look forward to,” said Principal Oatis.