Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school in America

Why RISE is effective

3,030,000

HIGHSCHOOL DROPOUTS ANNUALLY ACROSS THE US

8,300

DROPOUTS ACROSS THE US, EVERY DAY

75%

OF NY STATE INMATES ARE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS, AS ARE 59% OF FEDERAL INMATES

36%

OF DROP OUTS DO SO IN THE 9TH GRADE

85%

OF STUDENTS WHO REPEAT 9TH GRADE FAIL TO GRADUATE

RISE is designed to combat an epidemic with consequences that fall most brutally on our urban youth and communities. The goal of the RISE program is to get students on track to complete High School. P2L pledges to improve attendance of the schools that we serve. We significantly expand options for students by giving them the skills they need to excel in school and in life.

THE EFFECTS OF DROPPING OUT HAVE DEVASTATING REPERCUSSIONS FOR SOCIETY:

  • Dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be incarcerated in theirlife-time.
  • The US death rate for persons with fewer than 12 years of education is 2.5 times higher than for those with 13 or more years of education.
  • A cost-benefit analyses findings that for every $1000 spent on dropout prevention, society gains a return of up to $3000.

RISE targets and re-engages students that are over-aged, under-credited, and on a path to drop out. The program addresses obstacles to these student’s attendance and reintegrates them back into the school community; effectively putting back on track to graduate.

The reasons behind why students drop out are myriad and complex. To address this, RISE institutes a comprehensive approach that addresses student’s developmental needs as well as the obstacles and challenges in their lives. RISE’s program institutes multiple layers of staff support, including P2L Trainers, site Coordinaters, Supervisiors, and graduate level Social Work Interns.

I RISE WHEN MY MENTOR CHECKS ON ME TO GO TO CLASS AND ASKS HOW I’M FACING THE DAY.

—RISE Alumnus

It is clear to me that this was the path I wanted to go and was absolutely the right thing to do. This is when I starting rising from a 65 to a 95 (even 100’s at times) in all my quizzes, exams, and classwork, gaining more positive attitudes from all my teachers and my parents. That’s when I knew that not only did I see the change, but others around me saw it too.

RISE Alumnus

AT PROGRAM’S LAUNCH

  • Each of the targeted students are assigned a mentor
  • Together, mentor and student complete a Student Contract
  • Mentor works with school staff to compile a Student Assessment File
  • The Student Contract and Student Assessment File become the baseline measurements against which the student’s progress through the program is measured.

ONCE THE PROGRAM IS UNDERWAY THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS ARE IMPLEMENTED WITH THE TARGET POPULATION

  • Daily mentor check-ins
  • Individual and group supportive counseling
  • Weekly on-on-one mentoring meetings
  • Facilitation of Leadership’s evidence-based, empirically-validated Violence Prevention Project curriculum for both targeted and general population of the school
  • Facilitation of The Leadership Program’s Organized for Life for both targeted and general population of the school

  • Alternative Disciplinary tract is established for school-based behavioral issues

I rise when I come to school because of my mentor.

—RISE Alumnus

RISE program participants have demonstrated statistically significant increases in attendance and credit accrual. RISE has also show qualitative and quantitative improvements in:

  • Academics
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Identity development (self-concept)
  • School connectedness
  • Teacher interactions
  • Classroom behavior
  • Relationship building

RISE is nationally recognized for dropout prevention. It has been established as a model program by the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism, and School Engagement, and has been named a Best Practice by High Schools That Work. RISE’s mentor-mentee relationship framework focuses on the exceptional challenges of recapturing students who have lost belief in their own education.

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