Our Collective Impact

Since 2015, Together We Rise has partnered with private donors, college foster care support organizations, nonprofit partners, and government agencies to deliver over $8 million dollars in academic assistance directly to college students who have experienced the foster care system.

Our Programs

Family Fellowship Scholarship

The Family Fellowship Scholarship serves foster youth across the country by transforming the way they are supported throughout their college journey.

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Rapid Response Program

Rapid Response is a safety net program for college students who have experienced the foster care system. This program quickly addresses the challenges threatening a youth's ability to transition to and through college in pursuit of a career.

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The American Industries Scholarship

The American Industries Scholarship provides workforce-enriching opportunities for current and former foster youth enrolling in trade schools or apprentice programs.

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Why we care

Together We Rise remains committed to developing and implementing programs that eliminate barriers preventing current and former foster youth from continuing with and completing their post-secondary education.

  • "Approximately, only 50% of foster youth graduate high school"

  • "Of those who graduate high school 20% will go on to pursue post-secondary education"

  • "Within 18 months of emancipation, 40-50% of foster youth become homeless. Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care"

  • "... within 18 months of emancipation, 40-50% of foster youth become homeless. Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care"

  • "... within 4 years of aging out, 50% [of foster youth] are unemployed, those that are employed earn less than $7,500 per year and 70% rely on government assistance."

  • "7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21."

  • 25% of the children who age out of the foster care system still suffer from the direct effects of PTSD

  • "Regular, consistent mentor-mentee contact facilitates the development of a stronger relationship"