RISE Initiative

The RISE Initiative dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma vulnerable populations face regarding sexual exploitation, homelessness, and poverty. RISE supports establishing safe spaces where youth can learn strategies to foster resilience, wellbeing, and emotional intelligence.

At-risk youth are vulnerable and can become easy prey to those who want to lure them into drugs, sex trafficking and gangs and other dangerous lifestyles. Once involved in these lifestyles, youth may find it challenging, if not impossible, to turn their lives around no matter how hard they try. That is why to break the cycle of abuse and trauma the RISE Initiative's support efforts to help prevent vulnerable youth from engaging in risky behaviour and support their successful transition to adulthood. Through a series of life skills-based workshops to foster resilience, self- efficacy, leadership skills, and confidence. Workshop topics include:

· Cultivating Resilience

· Health and Fitness

· Holistic Eating

· Wellness and Self-care

· Building Healthy Relationships

· Leadership 


Through RISE, youth learn to develop life skills, goal setting, personal accountability, personal health and wellness further develop a further appreciation for their resilience and self-determination.


Most Requested Workshops

How to Be Resilient: 5 Tools to Strengthen Resiliency


In this workshop, participants learn tools to strengthen their resiliency. Equipping youth with keys to manage challenge, adversity, and hardship and use these experiences as the springboard to greater success.

Self-love and Healthy Relationships for Teens


This workshop helps teens learn about relationship building, self-care, communication, boundaries,consent, and safety planning. Teens are especially vulnerable for abuse or exploitative relationships, that is why this workshop focuses on helping teens build a foundation of self- confidence and self-love.

Understanding Human Trafficking: What Every Teen Should Know


This workshop explores the much talked about but grossly misunderstood issue of domestic sex trafficking. Breaking down how human trafficking happens and what are the red flags and signs, young people should be aware. This information is relevant for youth navigating everyday life and on on-line communication. 

RISE In The News!

Canadian School Counsellor Magazine


"While the RISE Initiative is essentially in its infancy, Bruder hopes the organization will grow to be an agent of social change. She'd like RISE to not only help vulnerable youth after they have overcome adversity and hardship but also help young people avoid falling victim to things human trafficking,  homelessness, and poverty from the very start".

To read the full article click on the image. (page 37)


Youth Testimonials


"This workshop helped me speak more confidently".

"I liked the goal setting activities. I'm going to apply this to my life".

"Thank you for helping me get out of my comfort zone".

"Hearing your story was very motivational"

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Community Partners



Korkoi Attoh, C0-Founder, Youth Got This

 "Rhonelle was an amazing guest Speaker at our Human Trafficking Awareness Event for youth, parents/guardians and the community. She was able to craft a message for our audience that combined her body of expertise with their immediate needs. Her delivery was exemplary. True learning took place at our event!  She provided an informal but highly focused presentation, and the audience left with useful take-aways. In addition, She connected with our audience and shared her story and experience with confidence and ease. She was REAL! Thank you Rhonelle for your bravery, your commitment to educating the community at large and for your passion for ending human trafficking" 

Benedicto San Juan, Program Manager, For Youth Initiative

 "Rhonelle approached For Youth Initiative with an innovative idea for a program. This program was called RISE Initiative,  and it followed an eight-week program plan spanning topics such as life skills, health and wellness and leadership. Not only was this a very successful program amongst our hardest to reach youth, Rhonelle made sure her topics and discussions were youth-focused and youth-friendly. She brought a unique perspective with lived experience and was able to meet youth where they’re at. Through self-reflection and planning, our youth gained a very real understanding of what it means to succeed when you grow up facing multiple barriers"

Luis March, Founder, Zero Gun Violence

 "The numbers are staggering. In 2018, Toronto reached a record high 91 homicides, many of these committed by and targeting young racialized men. To combat this crisis, Rhonelle has taken a holistic approach through her grassroots efforts with the R.I.S.E Initiative. R.I.S.E supports young men and women in crisis providing a safe space for educational learnings, storytelling and sharing of personal stories. Rhonelle actively supports the Zero Gun Violence Movement, joining myself and my team to participate in community discussions and engaging young people. Rhonelle is an advocate for all young people and continues to share her message of hope, resilience and caring throughout our community"


RISE Initiative (pdf)


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