We are so proud of our Goal Card students!
This year, our program expanded to include another school district and is serving even more students in Shelby County.
Through the first report card period, we have had many new students enroll in the Goal Card program this year. Our students who were previously enrolle din the program have been saving their points, demonstrating that they are learning the concept of delayed gratification.
The second report card period is closing soon, so we are sure that there will be even greater successes to celebrate. This year, we have added midterm coaching in some schools as well.
We are proud of their improvements in grades, conduct, and attendance, as well as their commitment to set goals and work hard!
Tracie is a divorced mother of four sons between the ages of 14 and 19 years old. She is employed b yan organization helping people with developmental disabilities to lead full lives.
She had always dreamed of being a homeowner but thought that it was not within her reach. Then she heard about RISE through a co-worker and decided to become a Save Up participant. She said that the biggest challenge that she faced as a participant was doubt, but through her faith, was able to overcome it. Tracie has something to be thankful for this holiday season. In October 2014, her family moved into their brand new home.
She said “being in the Save Up Program was a faith builder. Now I feel that I can accomplish anything. RISE is a symbol of me having faith in myself. Learning how to budget and save has helped me to purchase a home. My next goal is to save for my children’s college education.”
Last school year, our Goal Card program reached over 650 students in high poverty schools in Memphis.
We were so pleased to be able to provide the program to students at Melrose High School in the Orange Mound neighborhood starting last school year. Melrose was ranked in the bottom 5% of schools, so Goal Card was a natural fit - the program motivatd students to set goals and work towards them, while improving their conduct, grades, and attendance. We have been so proud to see these students work hard and earn incentives!
Word of our successes reached our neighbors in Fayette County, where the Superintendent invited RISE to start Goal Card programs at each of the junior high schools. We are honored to be invited to work with the students and are eager to work with the students to encourage high achievement!
The graduation rate for Goal Card students is 91% compared to 68% of students not enrolled in the program. This is the end result of students learning to take responsibility for the improvement of their grades, attendance, and conduct, as well as their hard work.
We have been asked to start Goal Card programs in additional schools. We need your support to continue to grow. There are many schools and students who would benefit from an extra boost to help them unlock their potential and achieve even more!