RAISING IMMIGRANT STUDENTS’ EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS (RISES)
Every student deserves a “toolkit” of skills and strategies to help them reach their full potential.
RISES is that toolkit for Red Wing’s growing number of Hispanic* students and their families. It fills a big gap in local services and remains the only such program in the area.
Twice weekly, at both Red Wing High School and Middle School, a cohort of dedicated volunteer tutors/mentors work with students, individually and in groups, to help them develop academically, socially, and emotionally.
RISES assists students to
- Improve academic skills, especially in math and science
- Earn higher grades
- Graduate on time
- Prepare for post-secondary training/careers (through campus visits, speakers on college finance, and careers, etc.)
- Ready themselves to be part of a quality, future workforce
- Seek out leadership opportunities and give back to the community.
Parental involvement is also strongly promoted.
Hispanic Outreach has helped me so much throughout my high school year. We have tutors who know what they’re doing afterschool that help us with homework. I’m very thankful to them and I hope that this program continues to motivate people to do better in school.
RISES makes a significant difference to students
“I am passionate about science and math. It’s amazing to work with numbers: they’re not as ambiguous as words. Crucial to my success in such classes in High School was having the devoted help of skilled tutors through the RISES program. The benefits of getting a second run through the material, of asking questions, and the one-on-one interaction and openness for discussion made me enjoy my most difficult classes. All thanks to RISES!” (Former RISES student, now employed and in college)
“I didn’t think I could make it in college. HO gave me the support I needed to be successful. They helped me navigate the college system and helped my parents be involved in the process. I’m the first in my family to go into college and will encourage my siblings to do the same thing.” (Former RISES student)
“I was a very troubled kid at staying caught up with my homework and understanding subjects. After joining the program in 9th grade my grades went up and I started understanding things better. I’m in my first year of college now. I want to get a job – not just working in a factory, but a professional job.”
*and occasionally other immigrants, as needed
The Hispanic Outreach tutoring program has helped me so much in the course of time that I’ve been there with going on yearly college visits like the U of M and River Falls. Going on the camp’s tour definitely gave me a good insight if I wanted to go or not. Also we get college presentations, for example South East Technical from our hometown came and presented and gave me the idea to start enrolling in PSEO and I’m in my second year in PSEO right now.
I was a very troubled kid at staying caught up with my homework and understanding subjects. After joining the program in 9th grade my grades went up and I started understanding things better. I’m on my first year of college now and I still get help with homework. I want to get a job, not just working in a factory, but a professional job. For anybody helping the program, you should think, you’re not just helping a program, but you’re helping people.