Working closely with our students' families and teachers is an important part of our program.  At RISE, we have close contact with every student's teacher to make sure that we understand his or her strengths as well as areas of struggle.  This relationship helps us focus on the specific needs of each child. 

Family involvement is a key element in the academic success of students.  We interact with the parents at the end of each day and hold monthly conferences with each family to update them on how their child is doing, ask for feedback and suggestions, and address any concerns they may have.  We encourage families to be involved in their child's education and help their children feel proud of their accomplishments. By bringing together families, students, and educators, we feel that each child will have the support that they need in order to reach their full potential.

Mary teaches students how to plant vegetables  for our RISE garden!

A key to our program's success is individualized attention which allows us to focus on each student's specific needs.  Each day, RISE mentors work with students to improve their academic skills with a focus on literacy.  Our mentors offer positive feedback and encouragement to inspire confidenceand help students reach their full potential.  

Our After School RISE Program includes homework support, tutoring, enrichment activities, and fostering social and emotional development.  We work closely with families and teachers to give each student focused support tailored to his or her individual needs.  Our program encompasses all subjects taught in school as well as other important facets of life such as health and extracurricular activities.  As these children reach high school, we will continue to support them academically and help them prepare for whatever higher education path they choose to take.  We will encourage our older students to mentor the younger children in the program and inspire a greater sense of pride in the community. 

Current Program: 1st - 5th grade from the VTP at Nixon

Future Programs: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and beyond from the Ravenswood District and the VTP

Collaboration with Families & Educators

Tutoring & Mentoring

After School RISE Program

Reaching  and  Inspiring  Success  through  Education 

Our vision is that as our students grow, they will develop a sense of pride in their community and a special connection to East Palo Alto.  We will encourage students from our high school programs as well as RISE alumni to become mentors for our younger students and inspire them to work hard and chase theirdreams.  With the help from our students, we can make a lasting impact on East Palo Alto and reduce the existing achievement gap.  

We incorporate life skills  into every aspect of our day at RISE.  During our enrichment activities, students have the opportunity to practice many of these skills including teamwork, flexibility, patience, friendship, perseverance, and many more.  For enrichment, we develop projects for kids that enhance their academic and life skills, as well as encourage creativity and imagination.

Baking pies to give to families and EHP staff to show our appreciation for their support!

Learners Give Back


• Tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment 

• Self-esteem, confidence, and life skills

• Collaboration with families and teachers 

• Giving back

• Support for higher education

Enrichment & Life Skills