Educate. Engage. Empower.

RISE-DC’s mission is to help low-income youth in Washington, DC, achieve academic and career success. This is accomplished by providing educational resources such as high-quality tutoring and college and career mentoring--free of charge.

Pictured are our Ballou all-stars from the RISE 2017 Celebration


Diego is another student who inspires us at RISE. He will be graduating from Anacostia High in 2019. Whenever I am having a bit of a bad day, I think about students like Diego and keep forging on. Here is his story:

"I live in Anacostia in Southeast Washington, D.C. Growing up in Southeast has its challenges. In my neighborhood, there are homeless people and trash everywhere. I also see a police presence every day. Two years ago, my close friend, Kevin, was shot to death a few blocks from my school and a few blocks from my house..."