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Shakira Kennedy, Community Supporter

Shakira came to Rise in 2023 as an impacted parent herself in the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program. Throughout many trials & tribulations, not only did she graduate but she stayed with Rise and became a Parent Contributor. She is now currently a Community Supporter down at the Lower East Side Girls Club helping parents who attend the weekly Rise Support Circle with bonding, benefits, referrals, & more.

NOW HIRING: MercyFirst Foster Care is looking for parent advocates!

MercyFirst is a not-for-profit social services agency that was founded in 1894 by Sisters of Mercy. They work to address the emotional and physical needs of children and their families throughout the New York City area, including Long Island. They provide community-based prevention, foster care services, group homes for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, along with short-term residential services for unaccompanied migrant children.

They are currently hiring and seeking parent advocates. … Read More

From Green to Blue for Autism Awareness Month

Rise went from green to blue for Autism Awareness Month. For this month, we’re highlighting some of our parents’ experiences raising children with autism. With the Rise & Shine program currently in session, the participants are honing their writing and public speaking skills every Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for “Spectrum of Love,” a poem by one of our new parents, Ariana. 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disability that can effect how one behaves, learns, and interacts … Read More

Rise Supports Black Maternal Health!

April 11-17 is recognized as Black Maternal Health Week. Across socioeconomic statuses, Black mothers have the highest maternal and infant mortality rate. With the increased restrictions on access to abortion and the criminalization of pregnancy loss, it’s more imperative now than ever, that we continue sounding the alarm on this crisis. Did you know that 4 out of 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable? (Source: Health Resources & Service Administration, the Maternal & Child Health Bureau).

Achieving … Read More

Melissa Landrau, Senior Parent Leader

Melissa has been with Rise since 2014. She started as an impacted parent in our Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program and now helps facilitate it as a Senior Parent Leader. She is an advocate for parents and works to elevate the voices of those impacted by the child welfare system.

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