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 Family Voice
Kareem Oliver - Parent at Jamaica Child Development Center
"After my class with RISE, I was glad to see that people are in-tune to what's going on and they care about the kids." Hear more from Kareem about his reactions to the Parent Opportunity Gap presentation in this video!
Sharing the thoughts and opinions of the families most impacted by educational inequity is a critical part of RISE's mission and vision. We believe that our work is best understood through the voices of families, students, and community members. Above, Kareem Oliver, shares his reactions to the Parent Opportunity Gap presentation at Jamaica Child Development Center where he learned about the opportunity gap from a national to local level and the academic achievement rates in Aurora Public Schools. Kareem closes with the quote "I think every school should do this."  We agree with you, Kareem, and thanks for your support!
Teen Opportunity Gap Presentation
New Legacy Charter High School students participated in a revamped Teen Opportunity Gap presentation where they explored their identities while learning about achievement data. They talked about the challenges and successes that come with being a teen parent. Students were given opportunities to reflect on their life experiences and how those experiences influence their educational aspirations.  
University of Denver and RISE Research Project
RISE and the University of Denver are completing the data collection phase of our research project. We have conducted focus groups with approximately 70 RISE stakeholders to explore the role that low-income and families of color play in cultivating their children’s educational aspirations and ideologies. We look forward to sharing the results of the research in the future! 
RISE In the News
Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award
RISE Colorado was awarded the MLK, Jr. Humanitarian Award in January and the team was so excited to attend the award ceremony at Boettcher Concert Hall to celebrate all of the honorees. It was a beautiful experience to receive this award while listening to the Colorado Symphony. Thanks to the Colorado Holiday Commission for preparing a wonderful program and honoring our work of educating, engaging, and empowering low-income families and families of color as continuing the dream and legacy of Dr. King. 
New Schools Venture Fund
CEO, Veronica Palmer, was invited to take part in NewSchools Venture Fund's learning session for funders where we discussed advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in education. The panel was titled, "Perspectives from the Other Side of the Table." The purpose of the panel was for funders to understand how Black and Latino non-profit leaders experience funders’ grant-making processes. 
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