RISE Goal Card Program along with the wonderful team at Cummings Optional School hosted the Quarter 2 Honors Celebration. The honors program was held on Friday, February 11th and highlighted scholars who earned exceptional marks in academics, behavior, and participation for the second nine-week quarter. Pastor, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur, Chris Broom, spoke to the students about standing aside from the crowd by following a positive path in life. Each student in grade K-8 that was honored received a medal and additional gifts from the Cummings school staff and Principal McGuire.
Goal Card is an incentive-based program, working with schools in some of the poorest communities of Shelby County. Participating students earn points for accomplishing their improvements in academics, attendance, and conduct. As students’ progress through the school year, they can either redeem points for specific items offered (scientific calculators, rechargeable batteries, etc) each six-week period or bank points for future redemptions. In addition to Goal Card program participants outperforming their peers in elementary and middle school, Goal Card high school students last academic school year had a 100% graduation rate with all graduating seniors to date enrolled in post-secondary institutions.
Please help Goal Card continue this critical work in our community by donating today to the RISE Foundation. Your contribution will directly benefit families in need who have been disproportionally impacted financially, academically, and environmentally due to their circumstances and not their abilities to succeed.
Recent Goal Setter of the Month, Yasmine is joyously deep diving into her future with the help of the Goal Card Program at the RISE Foundation. Goal Card participants in grades 10-12 are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones when choosing future professions and make selections that will honor their desires to keep them always learning, achieving, and aspiring.
Future Melrose High graduate Yasmine has done just that and is looking forward to pursuing a degree in law. Yasmine has been in the Goal Card program since her freshman year and is a member of the RISE CSA (Children’s Savings Account) program where she will receive a matching gift from RISE to assist with her post-secondary education when she graduates! Yasmine has plans to attend Harvard University to become an Intellectual Property Attorney.
We are pleased that she has selected such a unique legal specialty. We know that this career selection will take her in many different and exciting directions. Goal Setters of the Month are selected by each group’s Goal Card Coordinator with the help of representatives at our participating schools.
Please consider contributing to the RISE Goal Card program today and ensure that students like Yasmine can discover opportunities that empower them to achieve their life's educational goals.
While at Melrose High Miss JK was introduced to the RISE Foundation and our Children’s Savings Account Program (CSA). She was amazed at the opportunities that RISE offered and joined the program wholeheartedly. She has been a dedicated member of the RISE CSA program since its inception in 2018. When her family moved, JK transferred from Melrose High School, but she stayed with the program and continued to make monthly deposits into her savings account.
In May of this year, JK graduated as the salutatorian of Compass Community School, and will be attending Southwest Community College in the fall majoring in Paralegal Studies. We are so proud of JK for all her major accomplishments, including receiving her CSA account match, VISA gift card bonus, and HP Chromebook courtesy of Jack & Jill Foundation of America. Congratulations JK for staying the course and putting your academics, attendance and conduct at the forefront of your scholastic journey!
RISE Foundation CSA students are highly engaged in their financial literacy and education goals. They receive monthly bank statements in the mail detailing their account balances so that they can share their savings goals with their parents. Goal Card program coordinators monitor deposits as well and can help students who need to get back on track if they are having problems making deposits. Goal Card CSA program is critical in helping students in grades 10 – 12 implement real-world financial literacy skill planning and good money management practices.
Please consider supporting the Goal Card program at the RISE Foundation today. You are making a huge difference in the lives of students determined to change the course of their financial futures through improving their financial education and breaking the cycle of generational poverty for their families while they are in their youth.
As our Goal Card families continue adjusting to the “new normal” with regards to social distancing and online learning due to the pandemic, RISE is making sure that they know that the Goal Card program is continuously working to assist them.
During these tough times, Goal Card has found it imperative to expand our program by offering family support since many of our parents have experienced the devasting effects of the pandemic within their households. Even though schools are not physically open, our Goal Card coordinators continuously reach out to all 475 members to conduct wellness checks and link families to available resources regarding emergency cash assistance for laid-off employees, food distribution locations, and more. We have also been able to successfully incorporate weekly and/or monthly financial literacy lessons to all Goal Card locations, thanks to our partnerships with our participating schools.
Seeking to maintain normalcy in our program, Goal Card has converted to hosting virtual Redemptions to ensure that our members are still able to redeem their points and receive incentives for their academic performance, conduct, and attendance. Goal Card staff even hosted “Gift Card Pickups” at each of our school sites by ensuring a safe and social-distanced exchange. These encounters were the first time that many Goal Card members have seen their coordinators in months and they were able to express in person how much Goal Card has meant to them during this crisis.
Please help Goal Card continue this critical work in our community by donating today to the RISE Foundation. Your contribution will directly benefit families in need who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.
As our Goal Card students and their families adjust to the “new normal” with regards to social distancing and online learning, RISE is making sure that they know that the Goal Card Program is continuously working to assist them.
To maintain the safety of our program participants, Goal Card has shifted to online programming for the 2020-2021 school year. The essence of the Goal Card program remains intact— our incentives program continues, report card evaluations to determine our students’ progress continues, our virtually hosted Redemptions with coaches continues, and online financial literacy lessons with our participating school sites have been facilitated via virtual conferencing and various social media platforms.
The Goal Card Grad program is especially geared up and ready to assist high school seniors during these uncertain times. The purpose of this program is to provide direct support and related resources to our graduating seniors while aiding with the development of soft skills and post-secondary placement. During their virtual senior assessments, Goal Card Coordinators discuss seniors ACT scores and post-secondary plans. Goal Card Grad is a tremendous resource and keeps seniors connected to events such as the Virtual FAFSA Frenzy sponsored by The Destiny House. Every Wednesday in October they will host a free FAFSA session to guide parents and students through the application process.
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