2022 Empowerment Report

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Dear Champion, We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from this community as we began the 2021-2022 academic year in person! We experienced a number of challenges over the last year and several organizational transitions that allowed us to recommit to and strengthen our mission of “Empowering the Next Generation to Change Their World”. Despite the many challenges and transitions our organization faced last year, we were able to maintain our connection with students and return to the school buildings. While navigating the pandemic we served over 400 students through in-person opportunities for engagement. Upon completing my first year as the Executive Director, I have assessed the needs of our students and have made changes accordingly to meet them where they are. I have sought unique opportunities for us to grow and further our mission, as evident by our fall announcement to partner with Heroes Academy, formerly known as Real Men Real Heroes. This partnership has allowed us to create a pipeline to mentor underserved students in our community, beginning in the third grade and continuing through high school. We have developed a new curriculum tailored to meet our students' evolving needs. Our mentors have dedicated many hours to assist students in their transition from being isolated at home to interacting in healthy ways with their high school peers. We engaged them with programs, activities, and six college tours over the last academic year. It is with great excitement that I announce that this fall we will begin to provide our great mentoring services at South High School; serving seven of the eight comprehensive high schools in the district. Additionally, as I have studied our strategic plan and observed the needs of our key stakeholders, I will ensure to provide alignment through a vision that will address sustainability, further community connections, and extend applied learning experiences for our students. I am so grateful for the wonderful welcome each of you have extended to me as the leader of this organization. I appreciate your trust and many contributions that assisted us with our efforts in my first year. Our team hopes that you will continue to Rise Up to the occasion as we move forward together to support, advocate, and volunteer to make a difference with the youth in our community. Empowering Together,

Dr. Shareika Fisher executive director



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We aim to equip and empower our students to be independent, prepared, and capable.

We strive to be welcoming and encouraging for every person who walks into our program.

We are nothing if we lose our authenticity. It keeps us relevant, helpful, and it is what attracts our students to us.

We meet our students right where they are. We provide tangible, meaningful, and applicable services. 2019-2020EMPOWERMENT EMPOWERMENTreport report 2021-2022

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Program Data 2021-2022

Seniors graduated


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85% eligible for free & reduced lunch 11% highest education level in the household is a high school diploma 2021-2022 EMPOWERMENT report


"My mentor is the first person I've met who was getting his Master's Degree, and I look up to him as a role model. He inspired me to continue working toward my dreams."



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"I have received guidance from people that have been through situations that I have yet to go through."


"It’s given me an excellent outlet to convey my feelings about things going on in the world with other like-minded brothas."


"Rise Up for Youth has helped me be more open to talking with people, even those I don't know."

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"In Sisterhood, I have gained a lot of confidence and learned public speaking skills."


"The Sisterhood mentors have helped me so much with my self-confidence and making sure that I knew I was seen and wasn’t just part of a group."


"This program gives me a platform to be open about the current issues in our community. It also gives me a place for me to talk about my future and be taken seriously."

Michelle 09

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"Rise Up For Youth taught me how to handle conflicts and deal with my emotions in stressful times. My mentor put me on the best route to success by giving me the information I need to prepare for college."


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One-on-one Mentoring Monthly Workshops College Tours Weekly Sessions Community Engagement Opportunities


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Exposure to diverse careers

Long lasting relationships

Empowerment & appreciation

Volunteer opportunities

Post-secondary exposure

Motivation to graduate

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"[Mentors] are available to talk with students 24/7 and meet with parents. We are so grateful to have them in our building and community."

Diana Le, Academic Counselor

Northeast Magnet High School


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" It’s important to have a group like Brotherhood because this group is very positive and you can learn so much about how to do well in life."."

Jordan Manning, Brotherhood Alumni

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A New Partnership Rise Up For Youth Inc. and Heroes Academy (formerly Real Men Real Heroes) have partnered to provide continued support through mentorship to youth in the Wichita community. Heroes Academy has served youth through programs and mentorship since 2006. Heroes Academy Executive Director, Kyle Ellison, shared “that the focus of their program is with elementary and middle schoolers in Wichita”. "This partnership creates a natural pipeline to the Rise Up For Youth high school program”, said Dr. Shareika Fisher, Rise Up For Youth Executive Director. The middle schools in which Real Men Real Heroes serves in the district directly feed into the seven high schools that Rise Up For Youth serves in Sedgwick County. This partnership is mutually beneficial for both organizations. As the eighth graders graduate from Heroes Academy they can continue to build on the foundation while having the opportunity to continue mentorship through high school with Rise Up For Youth. 15

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A New School We are excited to announce that this fall 2022, Rise Up For Youth will expand into Wichita South High School. With the addition of this school, we will be serving seven of the eight comprehensive high schools, well on the way to achieving our goal of covering all comprehensive high schools by 2024. We have been so grateful for the interest we have seen from South High students and the advocacy from staff. This expansion will allow us to serve more students in the district and empower them with the skills and resources they need to change their future. This would not have been possible without all our generous donors and supporters who so graciously give their time and resources to ensure that our local students are equipped for their future. Thank you!

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Operating Revenue: $445,422 20%

Individual 48% 25%

2021-2022 Financial Snapshot


Assets Current & Other Assets Property & Equipment

$ 740,769 $ 22,022

Total Assets

$ 762,790

Liabilities Current Liabilities Long-Term Liabilities

$ $

38,311 0

Foundations/ Investments/ Other

Operating Expenses: $520,733 85%

Programs Operations

Retained Earnings & Net Assets w/o Restrictions Net Assets With Restrictions & Net Income

$ 696,744 $ 27,735

Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$ 762,790

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Note: Rise Up For Youth received PPP Loan Forgiveness of $84,024 (not reflected above).

Net Assets



Development 12% 3%

Thousands of Dollars


Three-Year Financial Analysis Income


Expense Net Assets

400 200 0





of every dollar directly supported student programs.

For every dollar spent:







Thank you! $25,000+


Diamond Defender


Gold Guardian


Silver Supporter


bronze backer

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United Way of the Plains ($175,000+)

Evergy Emprise Bank Stand Together Foundation

Spirit AeroSystems Enterprise Holdings Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koch

WSU Tech Kristi Hanna Polly Basore Delta Dental Fidelity Bank Jamie Hanna Matt Bengston Cheryl Childers

Wichita Top Children's Fund Wichita Community Foundation USD 259 Wichita Public Schools

Adam Berry Gavin Mullen Sarah Leftwich Burlington Coat Company Foundation

David Campbell Lusk Foundation Berry Foundation Deborah Scroggin Full Sail Delivery, LLC Trish and Kent Calvert Troy and Coleen Tabor The Walser Foundation

Brian and Sarah Martling Jeffrey and Rhonda Turner Gene & Yolanda Camarena John & Kathy Wilson Rev Trust Golden State Foods Foundation Walser Automotive Group-Wichita John and Julie Dombo Foundation Steve and Janis Cox Charitable Fund


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Champions Circle Ronda Bowles Sarah Patterson Dr. Shareika Fisher Siri Erickson Trisha Coates Troy and Coleen Tabor Dr. Brian & Mrs. Angela DeBrot

Allie Burns Ann Medlin Cheryl Childers Courtney Manfredi LaShonda Garnes Marquetta Atkins Mr. William Polite Natalie Toney

Our Champions Circle is a group of supporters who have made a commitment to make a recurring monthly gift to ensure our students have the programs needed by guaranteeing our stability. To Rise Up and join this fierce group make a simple and easy pledge.

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Provide local students with mentors and resources necessary for sustainability.


Our volunteers are key to the success of our organization.


Follow our journey on social media. Educate yourself on the needs of students in your community. Share with others about Rise Up For Youth's impact.



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Rise Up For Youth

2021-2022 Board Of Directors Coleen Tabor

LaShonda Garnes

Sara Riegel

Jessica Suhr


Past Chair



Fidelity Bank

Emprise Bank

Fidelity Bank

Ward Law, LLC

Danielle Johnson

Habitat for Humanity

Sarah Leftwich WSU Tech

Cheryl Childers

Cox Machine, Inc.

Trish Calvert Koch Industries

William Polite

Exec. Member at Large Wichita Public Schools

​Sarah Patterson

Delta Dental of Kansas

Travis Jones Cargill

Jamie Schmaltz Community Volunteer

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