Goal Card Program

by Rise Foundation, Inc.

 Goal Card member Ariel, a rising ninth grader, announcedwas goint to be able to attend the high school of her dreams. Like many the students at her Junior High School, she wants to continue to add to a long legacy of high scholastic standards, especially when it comes to academic achievement. Her sights were not only on high school, but how she could score as high as possible on the ACT  She needed a high score so that she could qualify for scholarships in order to attend the college the college of her dreams as well.  

This past spring, Ariel and several of her classmates performed extremely well on the ACT college entrance exam. With an overall composite score of 22 out of 36, she has attracted the attention of more than a hand full of top brass colleges and universities across the nation, including Duke University, which extended her a special invitation to  attend summer classes at the prestigious institution. Her parents were able to pay a small portion of the cost but she needed community support to make this portion of her dream come true.

The RISE foundation, as always, was in full support of outstanding students such as Ariel!!! So RISE, very quickly, raised the remaining balance of funds that she needed to help cover the cost of the summer academic program at Duke.  Ariel was able to study Nanotechnologythe branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. Now most people would say Nanotechnology?  What's that?  Ariel not only knows what it is, but studied the subject area over the summer. This is something that most people in her neighborhood would never  dream of studying.  

“Way to Go, Ariel, keep up the great work!” We at the RISE Foundation wish her and all the Goal Card students well this academic year.  We can help engage and motivate them to do the best that they can so that College can move from being a dream to being a reality. Successful students like Ariel can continue to flourish in the RISE Goal Card Program with your support.  With your donations, we can serve more students like Ariel in the community.  

Brian - Goal Card Graduate
Brian - Goal Card Graduate

The best way to share the impact  of the Goal Card program is to look at what  happens after the students leave the program.  We are proud of all of our graduates, but the program is of no value unless it leads students to finish high school and enter post-Secondary  education.  Brian is one of those Goal Card stories that we would love to share with you:

Goal Card Scholar: Brian

Status: Currently a rising junior at Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)

School: STAX Soulsville Charter School Graduate--2013

Highlights: National Honors Society Member--2011

Term: Goal Card Member (7 years)

Brian enrolled in the Goal Card program when the program was in its infancy stage at College Park. As one of the longest standing members of the Goal Card, he and his dad (Byron) are firm believers of the program’s philosophy and know from first-hand experience what the program can provide for students who participate fully.

Brian has adjusted well to college life and looks to begin his junior year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He carriers a solid B+ average into his third year and that is quiet impressive for a first-generation college student.

As a highly motivated individual, Brian is driven to succeed in life. Even in college, he continues to work inside as well as outside of the classroom by helping others and donating time to community service projects. Brian is majoring in business and has a strong interest in computer programming and information technology. Brian has returned home for the summer break and is presently working as an intern at Federal Express. He has personally shared with staff that his time in the Goal Card program helped motivate him to want more out of life than just a weekly paying job - Brian wants a career! 

Brian is an example of how your contribution is important and it is truly making a difference in the lives of inner city youth.  The more you give, the more RISE's Goal Card program can expand its reach to serve more youth in the Memphis community.

J Porter
J Porter

Goal Card Student J Porter truly exemplifies what it means to be a RISER (This is the expectation and goal of every Goal Card student).  He has worked diligently to achieve his goals, including good grades, conduct and attendance.  Goal Card has been a support for his  efforts that have produced successful outcomes.

As a Melrose High School student, J Porter earned multiple academic awards and honors.  He scored a 27 on the ACT exam, which led to scholarship offers from colleges near and far. While at Melrose, he served as senior class president and president of the National Honor Society. As a Goal Card participant, J Porter consistently displayed a positive attitude and a can-do approach to academic tasks. We know those attributes will carry him a long ways in his next chapter as a college student.

Congratulations goes to J Porter! He serves as an example of what Goal Card students can do if they take advantage of the opportunities available at their school, community and of course, the Goal Card Program!

We currently have 700+ students enrolled in five Goal Card sites in our area.  With your support, we can continue to create 700 more positive stories like J Porter, and you can be a part of their success!  

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!

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!

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Rise Foundation, Inc.

Location: Memphis, TN - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.risememphis.org/​
Project Leader:
Linda Williams
Memphis, Tennessee United States
$1,109 raised of $50,000 goal
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