Whether its tutoring struggling ninth graders to achieve grade-level reading or prepping juniors for their Advanced Placement exams, RISE provides high-quality tutoring and educational resources to low-income DC students, helping them to graduate from high school and prepare for a successful future. Its programs fill the gaps where DCís most under-resourced schools fall short: one-on-one tutoring for students and children with learning disabilities, college and career readiness, and an intensive summer reading program to prepare students for the upcoming school year. Since 2003, RISE has raised the academic skills and performance of over 3,000 students; 95% go on to graduate from high school (citywide, the average is much lower) and 90% of graduates enroll in college. More students are ready to learn; letís RISE to the occasion.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: The Academies at Anacostia; Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy

  • Number of children prepared for success in school annually:   300
  • Hours of tutoring, mentoring, or class-time provided annually:   4,000
  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of our students:   90%
  • College acceptance rate of our students:   90%
  • Number of books (textbooks, school supplies) distributed/donated annually:   500

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Budget (FY2022)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Resources to Inspire Students and Educators is: Less than $500k

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