Ensuring the Educational Success of Children with Incarcerated Parents
RISE matches children with a volunteer mentor if the child has a parent who is currently incarcerated or who has a history of incarceration. Mentors and their mentees spend at least six hours together each month engaged in cultural or recreational activities that provide children with new experiences while building positive relationships. RISE organizes monthly activities for mentor-mentee pairs to engage in groups. Our annual activity calendar focuses on four key areas: health and wellness; community service; environmental education; and career exploration.
Currently, 115 children are engaged in the RISE Mentoring Program. RISE is always actively recruiting mentors as we do maintain a sizable waiting list. We work hard to meet demands that are often greater than our capacity.