Posts By: Rise

Naashia B, Parent Organizer

Naashia graduated from the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program in 2020. She then became a Rise contributor and began working on Rise’s participatory action research project. In 2021, she became a Parent Organizer at Rise, and is now working to develop a Parents’ Platform to amplify the experiences of families targeted, surveilled and separated by ACS and to advocate for real community-based support.

Naashia stated, “My work at Rise has brought many forms of awareness … Read More

Zoraida Ramirez, Peer Trainer

Zoraida graduated from the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program in 2021 and began working as a Peer Trainer at Rise. She is part of the parent-led team that is working to develop and implement a peer and community care model to support safe, thriving families and prevent involvement with the family policing system. They are currently building the necessary infrastructure to begin training Peer Supporters.

Zoraida stated, “I am so excited about my new role … Read More

Shamara Kelly, Parent Organizer

Shamara Kelly joined Rise through the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program. Shamara heard about Rise through a housing focus group for domestic violence survivors with VOW. She wanted to know more, applied for Rise & Shine, and was accepted. Shamara wants to be a voice for impacted parents and survivors of domestic violence. She was already doing the work organizing and advocating for survivors of domestic violence at VOW and became a domestic violence … Read More

Rise Welcomed New Board Members in 2021

Early in 2021, Rise was excited to welcome several new board members–Elliot Williams, Felicia Alleyne-Davis and Joan M. Williams. Later in the year, we also welcomed Kelly Castagnaro and Jeffrey Chang as board members.

Rise Celebrates Passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Act—And Calls for Community Groups and Impacted Parents to Lead Its Implementation

New York Governor Hochul recently signed the Child Poverty Reduction Act into law after it was passed with near-unanimous support from the Legislature earlier this year. This legislation calls for the creation of a Child Poverty Reduction Advisory Council to explore policies, make recommendations, and publish benchmarks, timelines and reports to ensure that NYS reduces child poverty by 50% within the next 10 years.