We Will All Rise when we activate our faith to educate, elevate, and empower all members of our community to determine our future and surmount any social, economic, or institutional barriers that may attempt to stand in our way.
Our work is the product of 25 years of experience in community-focused advocacy, and the 2019 convening of six young men of color asked to imagine the possibilities of a barrier and boundary-free world. All Rise walks alongside young men of color as they persist through higher education to attain college degrees.
We did not imagine that our society would be confronting the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism in the most visceral way when we convened our exclusive focus group of brilliant young men back in 2019. In creating All Rise, these beautiful minds told us that they did not want false hopes. They told us of the trauma that they faced being young and navigating society as young men of color. We heard them and we endeavored to create an organization grounded in their image, their narrative, and indeed their hopes and aspirations.
All Rise launched the Minds Free to Dream Campaign | The Free M.I.N.D. Collective in 2020. The campaign addresses the socio-emotional, academic, and financial needs of young men of color (each, a “Free M.I.N.D.”) who dare to dream to excel throughout their college experience. A Free "M.I.N.D." is a Man Inspired to Never stop Dreaming. Each Free M.I.N.D. is awarded up to $10,000 annually to defray the costs of attending college. Twenty Free M.I.N.D.s attend colleges in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
#RiseWithUs is our first annual national fundraising drive. All Rise seeks $160,000 in direct financial support to support the inaugural group of Free M.I.N.D.s and future cohorts of college-bound young men. #RiseWithUs proceeds will support our summer internship program in 2021 and beyond.
We believe in the generosity of the collective and the power of community, and we welcome you to join those who have raised over $25,000 towards our goal. Thank you in advance for your support and for deciding to Rise with Us!