Excellence Driven by Research

Extensive research has shown that mentoring can have profound positive impacts on youth. For example:

Positive community engagement results in increased academic performance, feelings of belongingness, identity development, and self-esteem for high school and college students, while decreasing chances of engaging in negative risk behavior

Young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college, 78% more likely to volunteer regularly, and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions. However, despite these compelling documented positive impacts of mentoring relationships, 1 in 3 children will grow up without either a formal or informal mentor
(Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014)

Students learn best when they are engaged in a task that is meaningful, challenging (though not overwhelming), and engaging and met with the proper support (or scaffolding) from caring adults

RT seeks to combat the unacceptable 27% 4-year college graduation rate first-generation college students face by empowering and teaching critical life skills to AVID students and the 27% of UVA Facilitators who are first-generation college students.

The Positive Effects of Mentoring


More Likely to Enroll in College


More Likely to Volunteer


More Likely to Hold Leadership Positions

Most High Schoolers Feel Unprepared for College and Careers

  • Amount of High Schoolers Who Wish to Attend College 87% 87%
  • Amount of Students Who Feel Positively About Their College and Career Readiness 45% 45%
  • Number of Secondary Students Who Feel That What They Learn in Class Helps Them Outside of School 48% 48%
  • Only About Half of Secondary Students Enjoy Coming to School 52% 52%

Impact of Social and Emotional Learning

When youth participate in intentional Social Emotional Learning programming over a sustained period of time (one year), they:

  • Have grade point averages that are 11% higher than their peers;
  • Score higher on standardized tests; and
  • Are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors that interfere with learning such as violence and drug and alcohol use.

Source: KYD Network

Rise Programs are Based off of Cutting-Edge Youth Development and Social Science Theories