In response to COVID-19 Rise Together is partnering with Hoos First Look to provide first-generation, low-income students with weekly virtual mentorship, college readiness support, and college, scholarship and financial aid guidance.

Our goal is to ensure that every striving young adult has access to the guidance, resources, support, mentors and opportunities necessary to take charge of their education, career, life, and dreams.

Rise Together Nonprofit Programs

Rise Together

Rise Together is a nonprofit, outcome-driven team mentoring program that connects University of Virginia (UVA) students with first-generation and low-income K-12 youth in the Commonwealth. Rise Together mentoring teams provide weekly targeted academic support, social-emotional learning, workforce and college readiness, and service learning opportunities designed to lessen barriers to postsecondary attainment, support teachers, and build novel collaborative relationships between UVA and the community.

College Guidance

The Rise Together College Guidance Program is a two-pronged approach designed to guide 9-12th grade students from high school to college. The first component is an intensive individual college guidance program focusing on course selection, standardized test preparation, college search, and application support. The second component is engaging Rise Together Group Seminars and service learning projects, which allow students to work collaboratively to develop a growth mindset, personal determination, and academic/personal confidence.

Hoos Rise Together 

Hoos Rise Together is a 12-week virtual mentoring initiative that provides first-generation low-income high school seniors around the country with virtual mentorship, college readiness support, and college, scholarship and financial aid guidance. The program is designed to provide UVA student mentors with weekly intensive trainings and professional development needed effectively guide students towards their postsecondary aspirations.

Rise Together

Rise Together is a nonprofit, outcome-driven team mentoring program that connects University of Virginia (UVA) students with first-generation and low-income K-12 youth in the Commonwealth. Rise Together mentoring teams provide weekly targeted academic support, social-emotional learning, workforce and college readiness, and service learning opportunities designed to lessen barriers to postsecondary attainment, support teachers, and build novel collaborative relationships between UVA and the community.

College Guidance

The Rise Together College Guidance Program is a two-pronged approach designed to guide 9-12th grade students from high school to college. The first component is an intensive individual college guidance program focusing on course selection, standardized test preparation, college search, and application support. The second component is engaging Rise Together Group Seminars and service learning projects, which allow students to work collaboratively to develop a growth mindset, personal determination, and academic/personal confidence.

Rise in the News

Hoos Rise Together Welcomes Inaugural First-Gen High School Cohort – UVA Today

Instead of concluding the program after the high school students’ weekend on Grounds, Hoos First Look is partnering with Rise Together, another mentorship program in the Charlottesville community, to create a virtual mentorship program run by UVA students from similar...

University of Virginia students host day of service for first generation college students

“Some groups are doing International Food Day and diversity focus, while other groups are helping with academics,” Rise Together Co-Director Bryan Christ said. “The students planned the entire thing themselves, they’re the ones who contacted teachers, they lead the activities.”

CHS AVID students give back during service day

A group of students in AVID at Charlottesville High School dedicated their Friday to give back to students in elementary school. The students are part of Rise Together, a nonprofit that mentors AVID students to prepare them for life beyond their high school graduation.

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Why Rise Together?

Every young adult deserves the chance to be seen and educated on a personal level, develop a service-oriented and growth mindset, unlock their talents, and realize their potential and dreams. Rise Together believes that we all have a shared responsibility to educate the next generation of global leaders, so our organization is committed to complementing and enhancing the efforts of families, educators, school districts, and employers nationwide.

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