Goal Card Program

by RISE Foundation, Inc.

On December 15th 2016, RISE’s Goal Card and Save-Up Programs collaborated with Porter-Leath, a local nonprofit, to speak to families about the various opportunities available at RISE. Porter Leath is a non-profit organization that serves children and families in the Memphis area empowering families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle. RISE was asked to come out because both organizations share the vision of empowering the citizens of Memphis.

Ricco Mitchell, Senior Goal Card manager, spoke about our Goal Card program and how imperative it is to introduce financial literacy to our youth. Goal Card changes lives of the children by teaching kids grades 5-12 how to set and achieve academic, financial and life goals. Goal Card has served as a positive catalyst of achievement for over 600 students at various middle and high school in the Shelby County School system. The parents and staff were really excited about the opportunities with Goal Card. Mr. Mitchell fielded a multitude of questions related to qualifications for participation and redemption. He also spoke about the positive effects that being in Goal Card has in addition to academia and conduct.  Our Goal Card kids have maintained a 90% or above graduation rate for the past 4 years!

Rodney Lomax spoke about Save Up, with Porter-Leath staff and families. Using a curriculum that focuses on educating participants on how to become and maintain financial self-sufficiency, RISE’s Save-Up Program is not only empowering the participants being served but also bettering the city as a whole by developing a more informed consumer. The parents were not only excited about the training but also the opportunity to open up accounts to help save for asset purchases where RISE matches whatever is saved 2:1 up to $1000. Mr. Lomax also shared his experiences with the successes he had seen and how the various assets that had been purchased through the program had changed people’s lives.

The collaborative event was a resounding success. Several of the parents and a few of the staff have signed up for Save Up’s upcoming winter 2017 cohort beginning in February.

Please consider supporting RISE as we tackle educating one family at a time, growing and coming together as a community.

Student Hero
Student Hero

RISE staff, volunteers and mentors are teaching today's students to become goal setting, money saving, future leaders.

Rubbing elbows with the brave hearted men and women of the Memphis Fire Department, doesn’t happen every day; but for these lucky young ladies, it did. 

In an effort to expose young ladies to the various careers within the Memphis Fire Department (MFD), the RISE Foundation collaborated with RedZone Ministries and one of our Goal Card Schools to recruit young ladies for the 2nd Annual HERo DAY. During the day the young ladies had an opportunity to climb a 30-foot aerial ladder, rappel over the edge of a five-story building, suit up in protective fire gear, as well as engage in a training for hands only CPR.

And in doing so, this amazing opportunity allowed our ladies to get a hands on glimpse of a career which they could possibly pursue. A career that could be obtained immediately following high school. An opportunity to engage in an eye opening experience, the RISE's Goal Card scholars. These ladies they were able to see, engage, as well as explore by asking questions to individuals that looked like them. Director Gina Sweat, could not have said it better, “Anything they can see, they can be.”  HERo DAY was an opportunity for exposure and learning, and that mission was a success.

Please consider supporting RISE and our efforts to teach our children. RISE empowers people to become self-sufficient by building and sustaining human financial assets.  

Thankful Heroes
Thankful Heroes

With your support of RISE, we will continue to motivate and encourage our youth to push beyond adversities, set achievable goals and use every talent bestowed upon them to make positive outcomes.

Chris exemplifies how to change your mindset to be optimistic and extend your creativity for the good. The RISE family salutes Chris, a recent college graduate and alumni Goal Card participant, for overcoming challenges and breaking barriers. Chris, the kid with no college acceptance letter and no scholarship offers, has proven to all the naysayers and most importantly, himself and family, that he isn't just a slim, unassuming kid with no drive, focus and dedication—he is now a college graduate.

RISE’s original Goal Card school had been identified as the national contest winner of the 2011 Commencement Challenge, all thanks to Chris, a RISE Goal Card Participant at the time, who charmed our U.S. President Barack Obama in a video submission. Chris was chosen to introduce the President at commencement, surpassing the valedictorian and salutatorian. 

Now, five years from that moment, Chris has turned the tassel again, this time becoming the first college graduate in his immediate family to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Chris said that if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t do anything differently “No, I wouldn’t change a thing! Honestly, I couldn’t have scripted what I did any better. Although I came up without the guidance of my dad, I had positive influences from RISE and from my neighborhood that helped to provide hope and direction. All that led to me being the person I have become and doing the things that I have been blessed to experience and accomplish, so I’m good!”

Help us to continue our work and mentor and motivate our youth.  We currently serve over 700 children and with your help with can continue to make dreams realities. The more you give, the more RISE's Goal Card program can expand its reach to serve more youth in the Memphis community.  

RISE Goal Card Student
RISE Goal Card Student

Thanks so much if you decide to support or will be providing continued support of RISE's Goal Card Program.  The generosity of donors has helped us transform the lives of many low-income students.  Lil’ Charles is a perfect example of how just a little encouragement transformed his life in a positive way after a tragic experience. 

Just a few semesters ago, Lil’ Charles grandmother, who's raising him, expressed deep concern over his low academic performance. His grandmother asked the school for help but his teachers didn't think that he was capable of moving to the next grade last year. He was also threatened to be expelled from school because he fought other students who teased him about his family situation.  The grandmother who knew about the Goal Card program, enrolled him inspite of the teacher’s prognosis.  She also enrolled him in a neighborhood charter school and the rest of the story is history.  Lil’ Charles got off to a super start this school year by displaying extraordinary academic progress in each of his classes -- so much that he has made the honor role for the past two nine-week grading periods. His grandmother proudly tells people that “he is not doomed to be on the short yellow bus but is now running and leaping to prepare himself to attend college in the future!" 

Lil’ Charles has had to overcome some serious challenges.  During his time of academic transition, his mother passed away and he suffered a period of tremendous grief.  But he has since channeled his energy in a direction of scholastic aptitude and success in the classroom.  We are immensely proud of Lil’ Charles' hard work and dedication. .

RISE can continue to help other students like Lil Charles with your generosity through GlobalGiving. Joins us and be a part of helping to encourage a child to be the best that he can be. Your financial support can make more stories like Lil Charles' have a Wonderful, Happy Ending

 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.  


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RISE Foundation, Inc.

Location: Memphis, TN - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.risememphis.org/​
Project Leader:
Linda Williams
Memphis, Tennessee United States
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