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!

Snow Day Kit

Rise Above is giving snow day kits to foster families! Get outside with snowball makers, a snowman making kit and snow paint. Then, head inside to warm up with hot cocoa, a storybook, games and window crayons. Open to any family currently caring for a child in DCF care and custody. Click here for details and sign-up a family to …

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 …

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 …

Welcome home, Saffron

Saffron grew up in foster care and is currently a full-time student while also working part-time. Everyone who knows Saffron is incredibly proud of her and all that she’s accomplished! That’s why earlier this week, thanks to our friends at Pelletier Properties, we were proud to furnish Saffron’s first apartment with everything she needs- from furniture to curtains to cleaning supplies …

Spring College Care Packages

In April, 200+ College Care Packages will be packed up and shipped out to college students who grew up in foster care. Each care package will be filled to the brim with dorm snacks, hygiene and school supplies, and gift cards. Want to help?  Now through March 31st we’re accepting donations snacks, gift cards and other dorm goodies to add …

“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.”