The R.I.S.E Initiative helps to foster resiliency amongst at-risk youth while creating a culture of health, wellness, and leadership through education, skill building, interactive workshops, and storytelling. The program addresses the need for support that youth require once they are out of crisis mode and working towards or already living independently. Many youth face barriers when trying to go back to school or obtain meaningful employment, which often then leads to a return to risky and dangerous behaviours. That is why the R.I.S.E. Initiative is dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homeless, poverty, exploitation, and violence. This goal is achieved by establishing a safe space for youth to learn tools and strategies to strengthen resilience, increase emotion intelligence, develop leadership skills, promote self- care, well-being, and pave the way to transition into adulthood and reintegration into the community successfully.
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." --Nelson Mandela
The R.I.S.E Initiative adopts a holistic approach to addressing the challenges at-risk youth face by creating a foundation of health and wellness by focusing on nutrition, exercise, stress management, mindfulness, and positive thinking. This model allows youth to truly connect in mind, body, and spirit so that they are open to learning and ready to develop the necessary leadership skills for success. It is not enough to teach youth how to put together a resume or job search; we must first address the roots of youth homelessness, violence, and exploitation. And by doing this, we can create resilient, confident youths who are ready to achieve their true potential.
The R.I.S.E Initiative focuses on the following three metrics:
Awareneness- to demonstrate a level of change in awareness amongst youth towards behaviours that enhance their health and wellness and promote leadership.
Attitude – to demonstrate a level of change in attitude amongst youth towards improving their health and wellness and their ability to be leaders in their community.
Behavioural Change- to demonstrate a level of behavorial changes amongst youth towards their own health, wellness, and leadership in their communities.
Learn more about the upcoming R.I.S.E Initiative 12-week pilot program with community partners within the GTA to develop a sustainable evidenced-based model.
Support participant knowledge of nutrition fundamentals and how to implement a lifestyle of healthy, balanced eating.
Support participant knowledge of strategies to incorporate exercise and fitness into everyday lifestyles.
Support participant knowledge of strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing through stress management, mindfulness, and positive thinking.
Support participant development of leadership skills through networking skills, communication skills, professionalism, resume building, career planning, and financial literacy.