RISE UP Project

15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island, IL

The RISE UP Project is an educational  program that recognizes the specific needs of at-risk youth and provides an opportunity to develop spiritual awareness, positive connections with community resources, healthy interpersonal skills, enhanced educational skills and viable employment skills. The program is operated through 15th Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), QC Career Connections and Rock Island County Juvenile Court Services, with assistance from various community organizations and businesses.

The RISE UP Project is a combination of faith building, mentoring, gardening and career exploration.  Participants have an increased sense of dignity, usable employment skills, and understanding of community resources by the end. Breakfast and lunches are provided to all youth.

Mission Area: At-Risk Children and Youth

Innovation Grant: US $9,000