Apply for Rise & Shine 2021!

What is the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program?

Learn more about the Rise & Shine Program!

Through Rise & Shine, parents impacted by ACS become powerful leaders to make change. Rise & Shine is led by parents who have been impacted by ACS. Learn more about Rise.

Through Rise & Shine, you can: 

  • Build a strong foundation to become an advocate and a leader in your community. 
  • Develop writing and public speaking skills; 
  • Connect with Rise staff, Parent Advocates and Community Leaders for up to 10 hours of additional interactive learning; 
  • Reflect on experiences and build a peer-to-peer support network and;
  • Engage with expert speakers on child welfare history and law, parent advocacy, domestic violence, trauma, toxic stress and self-care. See our 2020 Rise & Shine speakers.

Program Details: 

  • Program runs 18 weeks and meets for 3 hours/3 times a week.  
  • Certificate and stipend are provided upon completion. 
  • Rise will lend a laptop if needed and provide support with Internet and Zoom access as needed. Parents must have Zoom and Internet access to participate. 
  • Although online, Rise & Shine Leadership Program only accepts NYC Parents.

Complete the online Rise & Shine application!

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Hear from Rise & Shine Graduates

Watch the 2020 Rise & Shine Graduation!
Speech by Imani Worthy, Rise & Shine 2020 Graduate, Rise Parent Leader
Poem by Naashia B., Rise & Shine 2020 Graduate, Rise Contributor

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