"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!


Sharon Fitz, Director of Advocacy Program

The RISE Student/Education advocacy program provides general and special education advocacy and support for families in Virginia.  Student Advocacy is passionate about students thriving in school.  


When we work with any family, our goals include the following:

1.  Ensure the best plan possible for the student's success.

2.  Support the family.

3. Help the family understand their rights, the process and the possibilities for their      child.

4.  Improve communication between the family and school and ensure the family's      voice is understood.


Yes, I need help:

Request support by filling out a contact form under the contact tab on the website explaining the situation and all parties involved.


What happens next?

Sharon will contact you to se up a free consultation.  If she deems that we can help, 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 students.  We desire that this advocacy program be here to support as many as we can handle.

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. 

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.