UConn Grads Start RiseUp and Announce First Scholarship Recipient



Issue 15     September 14, 2012


UConn Grads Start RiseUp and Announce First Scholarship Recipient

Three recent graduates from the University of Connecticut have come together to start a non-profit organization aimed at assisting high school youths in overcoming the challenges of finding success in secondary education– to “RiseUp” their expectations, and to strive to reach their full potential. The startup, known as the RiseUp Leadership Development Program rolled out a pilot program this year after teaming up with Hartford’s Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School as the program’s first partner school. The team is trying to take a multifaceted approach in providing applicants with not only financial support through scholarships, but mentorship and guidance from young professionals as well. The RiseUp team, now compromised of more than 10 young professionals, is looking to make a significant difference in the community, and it begins with providing students with the support and knowledge it takes to be a successful leader in their career and in their community.

After speaking with a large class of juniors and seniors at Weaver about the benefits and opportunities of obtaining a secondary education beyond high school, the program received outstanding feedback from both the administration and the students. Principal Matthew Conway Jr. praised the event, saying, “I’ve never seen a group of students that large, that quiet, for that long a period of time.” After the event, the group had a chance to meet with the students one-on-one and connect with them on a conversational level, talking about everything from alternatives to college to who will be the next NBA champion.

Inspired students then filled out applications to join the program. Included in the application were essays answering various questions such as what motivated the students to be successful and what was the biggest problem facing society today and how would they help fix it.

The finalists and their families were invited to a celebration BBQ lunch held at Weaver on Saturday June 9th at 12:30pm. The first scholarship recipient, Destinee Jackson, was named at the Culinary Arts graduation on June 12th.

Learn More About Rise Up at:
 http://www.facebook.com/RiseUpLDP or
or call: Ben Solari, Creative Director, (860)-965-5455


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