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Presents From Santa!

This Christmas we got a very special visitor here at Rise Up - Santa himself! He made a grand entrance in a helicopter to the delight of our Rise Up kids, and he didn't come empty handed either; each of our kids got $100 from the jolly man!

Refuge Round-Up!

It was a great evening for all – our 17th Annual Fall Festival and 3rd Annual Raffle. It was a delight to see kids ride on the hayride, to pet animals, jump in the bouncy house and lots of great food. This is one of our few times where we have all of our volunteers, [...]

Thinking Long

I’ve never been a hunter, though I grew up in a culture where hunting was a way of life and provided necessary food. Even so, I think I would have been a good one because one of the most important skills to hunt is thinking long, like waiting out to track the animal might take [...]

Our Programs

Rise Up! gives families 3 options as to the depth of relationship they want their kid to have with us, from mentoring, small groups, and our after school program.


S.K.I.A. (K-5th grade) and Next Level (6th grade and up) are our after school programs. We gather our kids from Indian Trail, Northside, Fairmont, Mt. View, Liberty Bell, and Science Hill to come together as a community at The Refuge daily for academic support, character training, and life skills opportunities.

Small Groups

Small Groups meet on a weekly basis. In these small groups, relationships are established and expanded over the students’ years of participation. Character training, job skills, social skills, manners, healthy relationships, and community service projects are just some of the topics discussed in these groups.


The Rise Up! Mentoring program is based on a one-to-one relationship between an adult volunteer and an under-resourced child. Simple things in life form our favorite memories and influence who we become. Mentors and kids alike find that simple things create truly amazing moments.

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