Supporting initiatives. Impacting lives.

2020 Graduate of Wichita Heights High School Shelia is an incredibly resilient student who has overcome many obstacles in her life. Before joining Rise Up For Youth she was lost, felt alone, and in a dark place. At the beginning of her Senior year, Shelia heard on the announcements that Rise Up For Youth was […]

Because of funding from The Downing Family Foundation, Caring Ladies Assisting Students to Succeed (C.L.A.S.S.) is making a big difference. For example, Mellissa is the eldest of five children in a single parent home. She is the sole caretaker of four younger siblings due to her mother’s terminal health issue. During the most important years of […]

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2020 Graduate of Wichita North High School Micheal Iyali joined Rise Up For Youth because his older siblings told him how they benefited from being involved. He was inspired by their success. At the moment he needed a little push and if joining Rise Up For Youth would help with that he had to give […]

When Jamaal started high school, he had already been involved with gangs for a year. Like many other young men, associating with or being formally involved with gangs and gang related activities was a rite of passage. Upon entering the tenth grade however, Jamaal’s affiliations caused him trouble at school. On several occasions he found himself […]

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“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” ~William Penn