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Rapid Response is a safety net program for college students with foster care experience that quickly addresses the challenges threatening a youth’s ability to transition to and through college in pursuit of a career.

Our purpose is to eliminate barriers that hinder current and former foster youth from continuing with their post-secondary education.

Alongside our network of partners, we are dedicated to changing the legacy of college foster care students through empowerment, personal and professional development, and events-based fundraising.

Together We Rise relies on support from trusted agencies to provide assistance to the foster care community. We are actively looking to partner with higher education institutions, nonprofit agencies, and government services providers as we address educational inequality in the foster care community.

As an authorized partner, agencies can refer eligible students to TWR for emergency funding that addresses basic needs such as technology to access college courses, educational expenses, utilities, and grocery support. Apply today by clicking on the Agency Application below!

housing assistance

Housing Assistance

meal assistance

Meal Assistance

utilities & personal expenses

Utilities & Personal Expenses

healthcare & mental health assistance

Healthcare & Mental Health Assistance

transportation & relocation costs

Transportation & Relocation Costs

education & technology expenses

Education & Technology Expenses



For more information about our Rapid Response program, our application process, program qualifications, and more please visit our FAQ.

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Agency Application

Apply to become an authorized referral agency. Once approved, you can refer a student for basic needs assistance.

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Looking for assistance? We compiled a list of national and state based resources to help you through this time of crisis

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how you can help

How You Can Help!

With over 430,000 kids in foster care nationwide, we need everyone’s help. Check out some of the ways you can support foster youth and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Crisis for College Foster Youth
They Need Your Help!

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Together We Rise amassed community resources to address the urgent needs impacting the college foster care population. National pre-pandemic studies have shown that natural disasters negatively impact college enrollment and student success rates, only worsening the graduation rate of our college foster care population (3-11% college success rate for foster care). As we continue to navigate through these tough times, our mission of supporting individuals in foster care remains our top priority. With your support, we can continue to provide services that address the urgent needs preventing students from lifelong success.

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COVID-19 News

Check out the current resources offered
to foster youth and their families.

Download our Rapid Response Media Kit


Learn how you are making a difference in the lives of people in the foster community.

"Once you age out there is no one. It’s just you looking out for you. I can’t thank Together We Rise enough for helping me move. My life could have been real complicated without a place to stay and I can breathe not having to worry about that."

- Jake B. from Sacramento, CA

"One day you’re in class and people are just talking about the coronavirus and the next you have to leave campus. It’s not like my friends who can go home. Campus is my home and I had one week to leave. Together We Rise is helping with a place to stay, school, food. All these things that I fought so hard to have. I am grateful they are here."

- Michelle from, New York, NY

"I'm speechless. I'm a pre-med student with dreams of becoming an OB/GYN. After working 3 jobs and trying to get through undergrad, I burnt out and was left with a substantial financial balance. It's been 3 years that I have been trying to get back in school. Because of the generosity of Together We Rise, Oregon State University was willing to take a chance and make me an active student again! I almost gave up on my dream of becoming a doctor. Organizations like this mean hope. I'm forever grateful for Together We Rise!"

- Jay from Las Vegas, NV

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Rapid Response Program?

To provide access to flexible resources to quickly address challenges presented by COVID-19 that threaten a foster care students ability to transition to and through college.

Who is eligible to receive funding through this program?

This program is intended to support current college foster care students.

Why types of expenses will the program pay for?

Housing, food, technology access, transportation, health care, and other emergency needs associated with the students' education.

How does the fund work?

An approved referral agency will refer students to Together We Rise (TWR). TWR will assess the students’ needs, disburse funds, and provide limited case management services.

Where can I find more information?

Visit our FAQ page for more information

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