Our Belief

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.

About Us

Though RT was officially established as a nonprofit in July 2017, Bryan and Gina have been developing its unique team mentoring model for over 8 years through implementing educationally sound youth development programming for K-12th grade students in North Carolina. When the team moved to Virginia in 2015, they began developing an expanded model that incorporates trained UVA Student Facilitators. In 2016-17, the pair implemented a pilot program in Western Albemarle High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes, which are elective classes for students who need targeted support to reach their academic potential and who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. After the pilot program proved RT’s effectiveness in increasing grades, attendance, student engagement and AVID enrollment, the team gained the backing of the Curry School of Education and Human Development, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the iLab at UVA Summer Incubator Program, Madison House, and Albemarle County Public School (ACPS) and Charlottesville City School administrators. For the 2020-21 academic year, Rise Together will serve AVID students at Charlottesville High School, Walton Middle School, and the Albemarle County Community Public Charter School. We will provide professional development and training for nearly 150 UVA students as well as targeted academic and social-emotional support for approximately 250 AVID students. Additionally, we will give twenty or more educators the responsive support needed to exceed AVID, national and state education mandates and initiatives

Meet our Team

Gina Christ


Bryan Christ


Brandon Ancarrow

Board Member and Marketing Specialist

Neeraj Bhagat

Board Member

Tom Brannock

Board Member

Patti Edson

Board Member

Sophia Kopidis

Assistant Director 

Scott Lowell

Board Member and Treasurer

Learn About the Research that Guides Our Program