With the report card period around the corner, the RISE foundation and its Goal Card staff are working to get all the necessary forms in place to make the upcoming student report card event a success. This year, October 16th-23rd is the date of the first redemption week. It basically serves as a starting point from where students will be encouraged to improve upon for the remainder of the 2013-14 academic-year.
The up-coming Goal Card Redemption Week Dates are as follows:
Redemption Week#1—October 16th – 23rd
Redemption Week#2—January 15th – 22nd
Redemption Week#3—March 19th – 26th
Last year, just over 400 students between grades five through twelve participated in the Goal Card program. Records show there is a positive correlation between students attendance, conduct and grade performance. Also, Goal Card students seem to apply themselves more and perform better when coupled with an adult who is genuinely concerned and consistently encouraging student achievement.
In 2012-13, Goal Card students earned an average of $57 throughout the school year (14.25 per report card).
High expectations are placed on proper attendance, academic and behavioral standards. Students are expected to follow school rules at all times and to be where they are assigned to be according to their school schedule. In theory, this discipline combined with an optimistic attitude will likely lead to a positive exchange and productive result.
Thus, with more than 500 students in the fold and another site (Melrose High) added to the mix, there is certainly more to look forward this year…more of the same wonderful time of reaching out to young people, encouraging them to be their best academically and socially. Please feel free to come join us; you’ll be glad you did!!!
For more information on how you can become involved as a volunteer Goal Card Coach or assist with any of the RISE programs, please contact us at (901) 507-6644.
Memphian Shaneka has overcome the formidable odds stacked against her to graduate from Lane College with her bachelor’s degree in business in just three years instead of the standard four.
On Sunday, June 23, Graham, who was salutatorian of Northside High School’s Class of 2010, will receive her degree in the gymnasium of her college in Jackson, Tennessee.
But it was a long road for the young mother, who was raised in Memphis’ Dixie Homes public housing project, where she shared a two-bedroom apartment with her seven siblings and their disabled parents.
“Where I come from has always been my stepping stone to do better in life,” Graham said. “The circumstances back then have made me value the way I live today.”
Graham’s roadmap out of poverty included consistent encouragement from her parents, as well as guidance and mentoring from the Memphis-based RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers low-income Memphians to transform their financial wellbeing.
Graham participated in RISE’s Goal Card Program, which gives students in grades 5-12 the knowledge and tools to achieve their academic and life goals. Students are rewarded with incentives based on grades, conduct and attendance, earning and redeeming points for prizes, such as games, school supplies and small electronics.
Although Graham is not the first Goal Card Program participant to attend college, she’s the first who, throughout her college experience, continued to forward news about her grades and progress to the RISE Foundation.
RISE Foundation president and CEO Linda Williams says Graham is “a perfect example of how Goal Card nurtures and creates positive habits for young people that continue long after they leave our program. Goal Card really makes a difference!
For the past two years, RISE has worked with juniors and seniors in Memphis zip code 38126 by helping them to not only think about their careers choices that they plan to pursue, but to financially look at how their career choices will lead them to realize their desired lifestyles. Most students have only thoughts about what their salaries could be, without consideration of the cost of their education, coupled with the type of lifestyle they want for themselves. Never a consideration of whether or not the two are in alignment!
Well, Antonio was one of the students who participated in the event last year, and he learned first-hand that even if you are true to your passion in selecting a career goal, that you better also add up the cost of your education and your dream lifestyle, to see if you will have enough money to cover the cost. Antonio was not discouraged with what he learned during the one day event, but he definitely wanted to take advantage of scholarship programs and every means necessary to avoid loans or any debts that could have a long term impact on his financial well-being in the future.
Antonio had already seen others in his community who had taken out loans and received grants during their first two years of college, without completing their course work. Many of them were still left with bills to pay after dropping out of school, which prevented them from returning later when they were more mature and realized that they couldn't get a job without a college degree. According to Antonio "Planning Your Dreams" helped him focus financially at a time when he was preparing for college and it made he extremely conscious of making wise financial choices during his first year of school. He plans to return to the event again this April, not as a participant but as a spearker, so that young people can hear first hand from him that "the only way that you can realize your dreams is to work hard and always plan your finances."
This year’s event will occur again in April, 2013, which is the time in which the nation highlights the importance of financial literacy. RISE will continue to have this annual event and hopes to grow it from year to year so that eventually all 11th and 12th graders in Memphis will be able to attend.
The RISE Foundation had the opportunity to celebrate with 6 (out of the 11 inductees) Goal Card students who were inducted in the Booker T. Washington High School's National Honor Society for the 2012/2013 school year. With a total of 17 members, the 11 new members were eager to have such an honor placed on their academic record because it took hard work, commitment, and a focused mind to reach this milestone.
The majority of the students inducted live in the 38126 zip code/community, and have far exceeded the expectations of their peers, as well as some of their parents. One particular young lady, Cermeshia has worked tirelessly to succeed in all that she has been afforded. As an exceptional scholar, faithful band member, and aspiring actress/singer, Cermeshia has begun to see the fruits of her labor. She has had doors opened because of her positive attitude, optimism and committment to her own success. She had the opporunity to participate in the Hattiloo Theater and the RISE Foundation's partnership with the theater's Nutcracker production. She participated in several performances with her school band, and is now a newly inducted Honor Society member. Cermeshia became involved in the Goal Card Program believing that it would help her focus on her education and set her on a career path. She exemplifies the core values of the Goal Card Program, believing that Education + Incentives = Success.
Cermeshia and the rest of the Honor Society members are now preparing for a school beautification project in the lobby of Booker T. Washington High School which is also an atrium. In partnership with other Goal Card students at the school and Alumni supporters, this time next year the atrium will not only have beautiful green plans but improved air quality in the school as well. The students are looking forward to making great things happen during the spring semester!
Last school year was super but RISE is proud to to see parents not only enrolling their youth in school on time but making sure that they are re-enrolled in the Goal Card program. Beginning school on time is important because teachers begin instruction on day one and RISE strongly believes that each day lost impacts on the students future academic achievement.
That's why RISE staff was available at all of the schools on registration day and the few students who did not show up for registration were contacted by Goal Card staff to find out if there were problems.
For the past 9 years RISE Goal Card students have out-performed their peers and based on registration and the first "Lunch and Learn" series, that began the last week in August, this year will be no different. The problem faced now is having more students wanting to enroll in the program and not enough money to add new youth.
Please remember that your support will allow more students to participate in this incentive program that encourages students to do their very best school work, attend school every day possible and maintain good conduct grades.
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