In 2015, RISE emerged as a community-initiated pilot program, funded by Sydney Community Foundation and run by Whitelion, to re-engage youth with education following suspension, expulsion, or school refusal.
As well as providing intensive learning and educational support, RISE addresses young people’s barriers to basic needs.
Learners come from families with historical intergenerational welfare dependency and early school exit. They face a multitude of disadvantage, including drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues as well as histories of out-of- home care and juvenile justice and homelessness.
RISE Alternative Learning Program in Claymore operates within one of Australia’s most socio-economically disadvantaged communities, characterised by high levels of unemployment, poor educational attainment, and a population comprised predominantly of those aged under 26 years.
Young people use RISE as a stepping stone to achieving their personal goals, supported by case management and service collaboration. Life-skills workshops and education activities are offered in a flexible, youth-centred environment.
Coordinated by a qualified teacher and young people engaged with the program exercise the power to make choices around their own goals, educational focus, and pathway.
Over just two years, the RISE program has provided meaningful assistance to 47 young people, an 87% success rate, and grown from one referring high school to eight.
A Gift of just…
$50 will buy resources to support programming of RISE
$80 supports a young person to purchase essential materials for re-engagement with high school study
$200 funds transport to and from RISE for a young person
Project Funding Goal = $22,000