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 backgrounds.

According to Bryan Christ, a UVA alumnus and co-founder of Rise Together, Hoos First Look’s only weakness was its lack of longevity.

“They did an amazing job bringing students to Grounds, but once the students got here, they would go into their senior year without any follow-up,” he said. “We put our heads together and decided to create a virtual experience for the students who have come to Grounds their junior year to get them into college their senior year.”