On May 9th, youth, advocates, educators, and supporters gathered to celebrate ARISE’s impactful first year. “Elevating & Amplifying Student Voice,” showcased the power of our youth, who shared their stories with the audience, as well as planned and MCed the event. ARISE Youth Leader Renina Wynn created a video that showcased what the youth have been up to, which you can view at this link

During the evening (and over a delicious dinner from The Lotus Garden), a variety of stakeholders discussed the importance of programs such as ARISE that center and highlight youth voice while building power, social consciousness, revolutionary thinking, and leadership. If you would like to support ARISE, please consider becoming a monthly sustainer at this link.

We provided scholarships to 5 different seniors in high school as a way to support their next steps into their future. Our students who received these scholarships are passionate about education as a means for justice in our community. They were each awarded $500 in recognition of the work they are doing in our community and the impact we know they are going to have in the years to come.

Scholarship recipient Hannah Ung stated in her scholarship application, “as I continue to enter spaces for growth like college, I aim to revolutionize the way we value and reinforce the power of youth voices one district at a time.” Symone Burrell, another scholarship recipient, noted, “Knowledge should not be a simple tool to use in one area of our lives. Rather, it should be used to be aware of our community, and find our own lens to create a future for ourselves.”

We also honored three community advocates for their tireless advocacy and passion for educational justice: Makna Men received the ACCESS VALUE award, Dr. Phitsamay Uy received the EQUITY VALUE, and Jamie Scurry received the SUCCESS VALUE award. All three award recipients embody these core values of ARISE.

Since our organization’s launch a year ago, ARISE has grown substantially, thriving in culturally responsive programming and supports. As highlighted at the event, our work centers the voices of youth throughout our programs, including after-school programming at three Providence high schools. ARISE is organizing an educational justice campaign in partnership with PrYSM, piloting an ethnic studies course at Alvarez High School, has implemented a youth leadership council, passed the “All Students Count Act,” and built capacity to support more youth.

We are looking into the next year to continue to grow and thrive through programs and partnerships. Again, we are grateful for any support you are able to provide to ARISE: please consider making a donation. 

We are thankful for the 21 sponsors for their support at this year’s event, including: Roger Williams University, the Nellie Mae Foundation, PrYSM, DARE, Superior Wireless, College Unbound, The Center for Justice, Luxurious Lash, NEA-RI, Capri Seafood, Real Estate with Chanthaly, SEARAC, Rhode Island College, the city of Providence, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, First Home Mortgage, Pawtucket Credit Union, Bank of America, Bank Newport, Cox, and The Lotus Garden. 

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