Friday, May 2nd two Atlanta Falcons, Linebacker Sean Witherspoon and Defensive Tackle Corey Peters, came to Tucker High School as the special guests of the R.I.S.E. Program.
The R.I.S.E. Program is creating a culture of leadership and success at Tucker High School by having adults mentor student leaders who in turn invest in the personal and academic growth of fellow students. RISE trains each upperclassmen (called Leaders) to mentor underclassmen (called Achievers) to help them achieve personal and academic success.
This past school year the Leaders and Achievers met on Wednesday morning during Enrichment to accomplish some amazing things! The adult volunteers and THS administration have been so impressed with the maturity and dedication of all the students. As Asst Principal Harwell said, “All the students have benefited tremendously from the RISE program because we have created an environment in which students can open up and share in healthy relationships with peers and adult volunteers.”
To honor THS’s amazing students, Sean Witherspoon and Corey Peters came over to encourage the work they have done and inspire them to have big dreams and work hard pursuing them. After their speeches, Witherspoon and Peters took over a dozen questions from the RISE students about everything from overcoming personal challenges to doubting yourself to their love for football.
R.I.S.E. stands for Respect, Inspire, Serve, and Encourage. These principles guide the way the adult mentors work with the students and drive the curriculum for leadership and success used during the weekly meetings.
If you would like to get involved in the RISE Program for the 2014-15 school year, there are three easy things you can do. One, we need more volunteers to serve as mentors. Two, invite the co-creators of the program Woody Bowen and Shawn Duncan to speak at your church or civic group about the program. Three, donate. The RISE program is currently hiring a Director, and, as a nonprofit initiative, needs the support of the community. To do any of these things simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a recent article about RISE in a local neighborhood paper called the Smoke Signal (pg 5).