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Summer Celebration
At RISE, we love to show GRATITUDE and it's one of our core values. This summer we have a lot to be grateful for! In the 2016-2017 school year, we had the honor of working with so many dedicated families, students, teachers, school leaders, and community partners. We know that life is complex and families are juggling many things at once- raising kids, working, going to school meetings- but RISE members also make time to create equitable systemic change in our public school system.  Every day we see these folks standing up for what is right, raising their voices, and believing that - together- we can make sure all children receive the excellent education they deserve. What better way to say thank you than with food and dancing? Thanks to all who came out to relax and enjoy performances from Barrio E, Oromo Dance Colorado, and lunch from the delicious Manakama Nepali Food Truck.
Educators Retreat
RISE partner educators participated in the first annual RISE Educator Leader Retreat: Know Yourself to Care for Yourself where the theme was self-care. As educators who work hard all year long to support students, it is important to spend time recharging before the next school year starts! 
North Dakota Indian Education Summit
Thank you to North Dakota State Superintendent, Kirsten Baesler, for inviting CEO Veronica Palmer to present the keynote speech at the ND Indian Education Summit titled: Family Engagement: A Requisite Factor in Student Success and School Efficacy. It was an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from the ND education community supporting Native students.
Summer Interns
Everyone agrees: summer interns are the BEST!  We have partnered with two wonderful college students over the past months. We are thrilled to partner with the Denver Foundation Nonprofit Internship Program for the second time where we met Anna. Anna is a Denver native attending St. Mary's College of California and she has been working on the media and communications plan for RISE this summer.  Our second intern, Kaitlin, is originally from Connecticut and is attending the University of Denver.  She has been supporting RISE with research needs and many other summer projects along the way.  Thank you for all your hard work and we will miss you, Anna and Kaitlin!
Aspen Ideas Festival 
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Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program
A huge thank you to Aspen Institute for choosing RISE CEO, Veronica, as a Scholar for the Aspen Ideas Festival and inviting her to speak on the panel: "What's Next in Improving Public Education?" She and her family had a wonderful time and were able to see incredible sessions with Dolores Huerta, Maria Hinojosa, and Clarence Jones.

Congratulations to RISE CEO, Veronica, for completing the SLELP fellowship. Veronica gained further understanding around best practices in organizational scaling and sustainability. She also met over 75 Latino entrepreneurs from across the country changing the game and shaping the future for generations to come!
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