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RISE Academy is a school year journey in which young men grades 6th through 12th engage in intensive self-reflection and develop positive critical thinking habits. RISE Academy teach young men to be responsible for their actions, helpful to their community, learn about the benefits of further education, and much more! Over the course of 30 weeks, mentees attend group sessions, take educational trips, and receive coaching from our mentors and our ever-expanding community partners. Youth join the academy by application or referral by a school, parent, or social agency.

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

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less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs


less likely to start drinking


less likely than their peers to skip a day of school 


less likely to skip a class

*Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Included in the programs are:

  • Weekly Group Coaching sessions

  • Lunch provided each session

  • Group Social Outings

  • Community Service Opportunities

  • Program T-Shirt

  • 5 Star Commitment Program 

  • Community Guest Speakers

  • Yearly Celebration Gala

  • and MUCH more!

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