100% of school partners invited RT to continue/expand programming, and RT has sustainably grown 650% since its pilot year.

AVID Students

Middle School AVID Students

Pre

  • Enjoy being at school (mid-year survey) 33.3%
  • Are confident in their ability to create a community service project 38.1%

Post

  • Enjoy being a part of Rise Together 72.7%
  • Are confident in their ability to create a community service project 83.8%

Statistics defining problem RT addresses

  • Only 33.3% enjoy being at school 33.3%
  • Only 33.4% feel prepared for 9th grade 33.4%
  • Only 23.8% are confident in their public speaking ability 23.8%
  • Only 38.1% are confident in their ability to create a community service project 38.1%
  • Only 33.3% have served as a mentor 33.3%

Strong outcome data

  • 72.7% enjoy being a part of Rise Together 72.7%
  • 83.8% feel Rise Together improves their confidence in their ability to go to college 83.8%
  • 78.2% feel RT helps them feel more confident in their ability to be a leader 78.2%
  • 72.7% feel RT helps them feel more confident in themselves 72.7%
  • 83.8% are confident in their ability to create a community service project 83.8%
  • 120% more confident in their ability to create and implement a community service project 120%
  • 118% more likely to enjoy being a part of Rise Together than being at school 118%

AVID Students

High School AVID Students

Pre

  • Only 34.3% enjoy being at school 34.3%
  • Only 31.3% have served as a mentor 31.3%

Post

  • 85% enjoy being a part of Rise Together 85%
  • 100% had the opportunity to serve as a mentor to middle school students 100%

Statistics defining problem RT addresses

  • Only 30.9% enjoy being at school 30.9%
  • Only 41.8% feel prepared for college yet 92.7% are interested in attending college 41.8%
  • Only 34.5% feel confident in their ability to manage the financial aid/scholarship process (only 2% rated themselves very confident) 34.5%
  • Only 50.9% feel confident in their ability to manage stress 50.9%
  • Only 29% are confident in their public speaking ability 29%
  • Only 41.8% feel confident in their ability to create a community service project 41.8%
  • Only 54.5% feel comfortable leading their classmates in a group setting 54.5%

Strong outcome data

  • 85% enjoy being a part of Rise Together 85%
  • 80% said RT provided them with an opportunity to work on skills needed to be prepared for college 80%
  • 85% said RT gave them opportunities to practice leading their classmates in a group setting 85%
  • 85% said RT helped them practice working with others 85%
  • 85% said they feel as though RT is meaningful 85%
  • 148% more likely to enjoy being a part of Rise Together than being at school 148%

Testimonials

Do you feel as though RT is meaningful?

It helps you realize the skills you need for college, helps you learn to communicate with the people around you and helps us learn how the college setting is academically

Avid Student

Yes, 1) Helped me get a better understanding of how college works. 2) Tutors helped me with my school work, and subjects I struggle in. 3) Improved my communications skills and ability to work with others.

Avid Student

Yes it gives another person to work things out with instead of just teachers, helps give us new study methods and helps us build and work together.

Avid Student

Yes because they reach out to students younger than them and they help them work on life skills, develop character, and understand their studies.

Avid Student

UVA Facilitators

Pre

  • 48.2% rated themselves as effective public speakers 48.2%

End of Semester Fall 2017

  • 75% rated themselves as effective public speakers 75%

End of Semester Spring 2018

  • 73.3% rated themselves as effective public speakers 73.3%

Strong outcome data

End of Semester Survey Spring 2018

  • 75.7% would be willing to volunteer with RT again 75.7%
  • 75.7% felt prepared to serve as a mentor to AVID students as a result of UVA Facilitator Training Sessions 75.7%
  • 78.8% enjoyed participating in mentoring sessions 78.8%
  • 82% felt the training sessions were valuable 82%
  • 95% felt Rise Together staff gave them enough opportunities to design elements of the programming and/or take on leadership roles 95%

End of Semester Survey Fall 2017

  • 77.8% would be willing to volunteer with Rise Together again 77.8%
  • 77.8% felt prepared to serve as a mentor to AVID students as a result of UVA Facilitator Training Sessions 77.8%
  • 77.8% enjoyed participating in mentoring sessions 77.8%
  • 100% felt as though the training sessions were valuable 100%
  • 100% felt Rise Together staff gave them enough opportunities to design elements of the programming and/or take on leadership roles 100%

Other Statistics

  • 26.7% are first-generation (compared to 11.9% of first year students in 2018) 26.7%
  • 36.8% applied to leadership positions for next year 36.8%
  • 31.6% will serve in a leadership role in 2018-19 31.6%
  • 54% more confident in their public speaking abilities 54%

Testimonials

This program has increased my comfort level talking about tough social issues, mentoring, leading groups and conversations, and working with students. It has made me more sure that I want to continue my education to become a teacher, and has made me feel passionate about students and working with them. This program is run by passionate people, who were able to help us just as much as the students, and who made sure that each of the mentors learned something, if not more, than the students on any given day.

UVA Facilitator

As a first generation student, I am amazed by the work that Rise Together has been doing. Not only is this program incredibly beneficial for the first generation students, but also for the mentors as well. As mentors, we work with the AVID students on skill building to advance them into college. We work on academic, professional, emotional, and social skills. The mentors also gain leadership and professional skills as well. Rise Together allows students of all ages and grades to grow and progress in a better future.

UVA Facilitator

I really feel as if Rise Together is a unique youth mentoring program because in it we discuss social issues while also assisting through tutoring and sharing our college experiences.

UVA Facilitator

Rise Together is an amazing program that has given me a new perspective on middle school students. Working with several students from the AVID program at Walton MS has helped me to understand the issues they are facing in their school and community. At a forum about race and racism I was blown away by the maturity of our students and their contributions and reflections. Going in I expected the students to blow off the topic of race. However, when given the opportunity they embraced it and used the opportunity to share personal experiences and thoughts. Overall, through Rise Together I was able to understand that race and racism aren’t topics that kids avoid and have no experience with. On the contrary, middle school students have intellectual thoughts about these topics. And when they are given a safe and welcoming environment, like Rise Together, these students are able to trust me and share with me to help me learn and think about race and racism in ways I had never considered.

UVA Facilitator

The Rise Program is great program for first generation college students that I wish I had when I was looking at college. The guidance and help provided by this program may not be realized by the students now, but in the future they will see the benefit from the program.

UVA Facilitator

Rise Together is an incredible opportunity to mentor local Charlottesville youth and help them attain their greatest potential.

UVA Facilitator

I started volunteering with Rise Together when I took a teaching class for fun, and it changed my life! I originally didn’t have a interest working in education, but Rise Together has opened my eyes to how much I enjoy working in schools and the need for it. This program is having a great impact on the schools and has lead me to pursue school counseling.

UVA Facilitator