Resources to Inspire Students and Educators
RISE's mission is to level the educational playing field in Washington, D.C. RISE provides the same quality educational resources for low-income students, such as tutoring and college mentoring, that are available to students of means – free of charge. RISE believes that the greater the need of the student, the greater the expertise of the instruction and mentoring should be.
RISE was founded in 2003 by Paul Penniman, who left a lucrative tutoring business to provide services for the low-income youth of Washington, D.C. Since its founding, RISE has helped over 2.000 students to improve their academic performance or test scores. Since 2013, RISE has earned the distinction as "one of the best" non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Vision and Impact
RISE aims to end the systemic racism that pervades our country's educational system and hopes to spread to several cities around the country. Many students have said they would be "on the streets" if not for RISE. RISE makes high school and college graduation possible for students who had no hope before they began working with RISE.See more