This Rise Up Project, although open to anyone, is designed to lift those that are disadvantaged in today’s socio-economic environment. This disadvantage can come as a result of inequitable opportunities or economic hardship.

Possible reasons for inequitable opportunities:

  • Limited access to resources or opportunities that are available to others
  • Being born into the lower end of the social economic scale
  • Growing up with fragmented guardianship
  • Systemic racism against persons of color

Economic hardship can come as a result of:

  • Impact due to COVID-19
  • Stigma associated with prior incarceration
  • Changing work environment
  • New skills required for changing roles at workplace