"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X

Education is the foundation of everything we do!


RISE rented an entire movie theater with 220 seats to see the new "Harriet" movie. We provided a small popcorn and drink to every movie goer.  The theater was almost full to capacity with young and old and black and white people from Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.  In that moment in time, the communities unified to learn about this extraordinary woman called "Moses".  


The true essence of Mrs. Harriet Tubman and her courage was on full display.  No one had done it before her, those around her were too afraid to do it with her and none came after her with that kind of courage.  She led 70 slaves single handily and led union soldiers to free over 700 slaves. 


Education Team Manager:   Chanda McGuffin

Tutoring Services

Wednesdays 5pm~6pm

Students in elementary or middle school can spend an hour with tutors each Wednesday.  If your child needs extra help on reading and/or writing, we are here to assist.

Sharon Fitz, Advocate for Parents and Children

If you need to request support from RISE to assist you with speaking with school administration and/or teachers, Sharon will partner with you.  She will need you to fill out a contact form explaining the situation and all parties involved.  She will hold a free consultation to see if we can help and to plan next steps.  At that time, she will work within your budget and make fee appropriate for RISE's level of involvement.  Monies obtained during advocacy is for us to be able to continue advocating for more parents and children.  We desire that this advocacy program be here to support as many as we can handle.