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“When I first came to Chavez, math was one of my top struggles. I wasn’t quite sure if I’d ever make it to the next grade level when it came to math. However, RISE-DC tutors helped me to understand math on a broader level, and I will be graduating in June and attending my dream college.”

Brianne, a Chavez student who graduated in 2011

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Diego's Story

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..."



2018 Holiday Party!

Holiday Party

Every year, we invite our college students to discuss their experiences with our College Prep juniors and seniors who are still in high school. This year, we opened up the party to any and all members of the RISE community and had a great turnout. The event was held on December at the St. Philip's Church. The evening served as a great way to catch up with our students, especially the college freshmen who were back to tell their tales of survival.


Data from 2017-18

Data from 2017-2018 Academic Year

Here is our annual report, which you can read in two minutes! For the fiscal year that ended last June 30, RISE received $148,000 from individuals, $46,000 from foundations and corporations, and $91,000 in in-kind contributions. Nineteen percent of RISE's expenses went to administrative purposes (part-time bookkeeper, fundraising efforts, insurance, audit report, office supplies, etc.). This was higher than past years, as we have explored new fundraising opportunities. 81% of revenue went directly to programs.

Thanks to you, we worked with over 200 students, mostly from McKinley Tech and Ballou High School. Over 92% expressed a high amount of satisfaction with the RISE tutors who helped them. Thanks to tutor Mary Lincer, McKinley had the highest increase in tenth grade English proficiency in the city!

We now have 49 students in our College Prep Plus program. Two-thirds of these students have either graduated from college or on track to graduate. In our class of 2018, fourteen out of fifteen students are ready for their second semester of college! Not everyone did wonderfully during the first semester, but RISE will be working with college advisors to ensure students recover and stay on track to graduate.


Anacostia's James Drummond Wins Award from Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation

Monumental Award

When we made the move from Anacostia High School to Ballou High School three years ago, we made the conscious decision to keep in touch with approximately 100 students we'd been working with.

One of these students is James Drummond, a great exemplar of perseverance and dedication who was recently awarded by the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation for his dedication to both academics and athletics. James was a MATHlete in 2013-14 and joined our College Prep program two years later. He plans to attend North Carolina A&T in the Fall.


RISE Plans Partnership with DCPS, Including Targeting the Class of 2021

Thanks to your support of our summer programs, the District of Columbia Public Schools and RISE have begun discussions to provide summer enrichment programs for every high school in Wards 5, 7, and 8. After six years of working in the neighborhood schools, this would be the first time DCPS and RISE will partner on a program. You can feel good that your early support of our summer programming has resulted in this partnership.

Our summer math programs have often served as non-credit enrichment classes, but since 2014 we have provided students with an opportunity to take algebra II during the summer for credit. By taking these accredited summer algebra II classes, our students can eventually take Advanced Placement calculus during senior year.

To read our entire December 2016/January 2017 Newsletter, click here.