It's hard to believe that five years ago the concept for RISE Colorado was born. In May 2012, the RISE co-founders came together with their experience as teachers, community organizers, and parents to develop the RISE model which continues to flourish five years later. These women of color had a dream of reimagining and reinventing family and community engagement to ensure those most impacted by educational inequity lead the movement for change.
What began as a team of three has now grown to a team of eight! RISE continues to support Aurora schools in their family engagement strategies and will be growing to support even more schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Community organizing campaigns have seen many wins in our short history and we are proud to have just celebrated one of our biggest wins to date with the adoption of the community-led and written resolution on May 16 reaffirming APS' inclusive practices and beliefs for all students regardless of documentation status. To those who have supported us since our very first day, THANK YOU! The support of family, friends, and community members has been incredible and we are so grateful to be part of such a loving, supportive, and powerful community. Check out some of our favorite memories from the past five years below.
NewSchools Venture Fund Summit
We couldn't be more proud of RISE Parent Leaders, Sipinga and Diana, for their amazing panel presentation at the NewSchools Summit! Sipinga and Diana shared their experiences leading (and winning!) organizing campaigns in Aurora with an audience of over 1,000 people. These women are fearless leaders, mothers, and community members leading the movement for educational equity.
Refugees Share Their Stories
A group of refugees from Nepal, Ethiopia, and Burma spoke about their experiences in their home countries and now in the United States. This was a wonderful opportunity for the broader community to gain empathy and understanding for the refugee experience. A counselor who specializes in refugee services and trauma counseling was also present to provide strategies to support refugee students in school and families. Community members had the opportunity to hear stories, ask questions, and learn how to support refugees in their community.
Congratulations to RISE Co-Founder & CEO Veronica on being selected to join the Latino Entrepreneurship Initiativeat Stanford University. This is an amazing opportunity for Veronica to learn from experts in the field and gain additional tools to continue supporting RISE's growth and success!
The Aspen Ideas Festival recently selected CEO Veronica Palmer as one of 300 leaders from around the US and 30 countries to be a 2017 Scholar! These leaders are selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action. Congrats, Veronica!