The last few weeks have been challenging. Our work at RISE Colorado and what we stand for is more important now than ever. We believe that all families care for and love their children regardless of race, class, and background. Despite the rhetoric and language used during the course of the Presidential campaign and election, we at RISE stand strong in our convictions and belief that our families and communities of color will succeed in life. Our core values are Power of Family, Systemic Change, Gratitude, Excellence, and Resilience. We feel called upon to live out these core values alongside our communities to ensure ALL families and children are loved, valued, respected, and provided with the excellent education they deserve.
While at the national level, it’s difficult to predict what lies ahead in the next four years, we at RISE are deepening our resolve to end educational inequity in Aurora and Colorado with our educated, engaged, and empowered families. By 2017, we will have educated more families about their role in overcoming the opportunity gap, organized more families for educational equity, and will have more families sitting on decision making bodies implementing policy to improve academic achievement.
We invite all of our stakeholders and supporters to imagine just how much more of an impact we will have by 2020 if we continue to invest in our families and communities. Have you witnessed the power of educated, engaged, and empowered families? We have. That’s why we hold great hope for the future in our incredible families and students.
Attitude of Gratitude-Giving Tuesday
During this season of giving thanks, the RISE Team would like to express how truly thankful we are for YOU! The community of support that exists for RISE and families in Aurora is tremendous and beautiful. When the going gets hard, our community is there to build us up, listen, and provide guidance.
RISE recently finished our #GivingTuesday campaign and we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those who contributed or shared our posts on social media. We are so honored by your contributions and your support of RISE Colorado and families in Aurora. Together we raised $20,520 which will allow us to continue and increase our engagement of families in Aurora, empowering them to be their children's number one teacher and advocate. We are thankful and incredibly humbled to have met and exceeded our goal of raising $20K. We couldn't have done it without you. Again, THANK YOU!!
Alexis Harden - Impact Interview
Alexis Harden is a parent at Jamaica Child Development Center who attended the school-wide Parent Opportunity Gap workshop in September where she learned about the realities of the opportunity gap and her role in overcoming it. She graciously offered to speak with us after the event to capture her thoughts and reactions. Alexis is a passionate and engaged parent whose words speak for themselves. Check out her video below!
RISE In the News
Education Pioneers National Conference
CEO, Veronica Palmer, was invited to speak at the national Education Pioneers conference in San Francisco. She spoke on the panel True Partnership: Empowered and Engaged Communities about RISE's grassroots organizing work in the Aurora community. The panel had women of color leaders from across the country who are working in the communities they're from.