Bikes for Elijah and Devon

Elijah, age 12, and his brother Devon, age 16, assemble their new bikes. “I found out after we assembled them that Elijah had never learned how to ride! So, that afternoon we went down to a local office parking lot to work on it, and, within an hour, he was riding on his own. Since then he’s gotten even more …

“Football helps me do better on school work”

“Thank you Rise Above for helping me buy football stuff,” Jandel wrote to us. “I played football many years before being in foster care and I am happy I can still play. I like to play defense but this year I play both offense and defense.” Jandel added, “Playing football helps me do better on school work.”

Snow Day Kit

This winter, Rise Above gave snow day kits to 200 foster families! Each box included snowball makers, a snowman making kit and snow paint, as well as hot cocoa, a storybook, games and window crayons.                                                   …

Virtual Candy Making Class

Rise Above is pleased to offer a virtual candy making class designed just for children in foster care! Youth will be guided by Chef Josh through making several types of delicious candies and chocolates. Each youth will receive access to the class session that they can watch whenever they’d like and as many times as they’d like. In addition, Rise …

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Do something daring and caring to kick off 2021! Jump in the ocean or a lake. Roll in a snowbank. Take a cold shower. Go for a winter’s day jog. Brave the cold and do something where you live that’s a little (or a lot) daring to help us raise funds for children in foster care. To join in the …

Wear your support on your sleeve

Show your support of Rise Above and the youth we serve with new Rise Above-branded items! We’re offering sweatshirts, t-shirts and yoga mats for a limited time. Pre-sale orders close on 11/30 and will ship mid-December. Shop our store!

Support for remote learning needs

How can we help with remote learning needs? Workspace: small desk and chair, lamp, etc. Headphones or earbuds with microphone Sensory learning items Technology: printer, graphing calculator, laptop or tablet (if not being provided by school) Traditional supplies: paper, pencils, markers, etc. To request help: Foster parents, social workers or anyone in a child’s life can make a request using our regular …

Virtual yoga just for kids in foster care

Rise Above is pleased to offer a yoga series designed just for children in foster care! Each class will include breath work, movement exercises, and meditation. Children will receive access to three virtual sessions that they can watch whenever they’d like and as many times as they’d like. In addition, Rise Above will also ship each child a yoga mat …

The need for Rise Above is greater than ever.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a serious impact on youth in foster care we serve and is compounding their trauma. Social distancing has torn away the network of supports- therapists, coaches, social workers, teachers, guidance counselors, psychiatrists- that youth in foster care depend on for stability. No longer being able to have visits with biological family members, including siblings placed …

Sit Down to Rise Above: Virtual Mindfulness Opportunities

We’re pleased to join with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education to offer a very special series of virtual mindfulness sessions! Join us for a session just for teens in foster care, just for young adults who have experienced foster care, just for foster parents, or just for social workers. Click the link to register: -Just for foster parents 5/19: https://bit.ly/35GWBxD -Just for social …