On which of the following California counties does your project focus its impact? (check all that apply):
San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, Other.
How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?
“Everyone comes to our high school trying to help us. Rising was the first to tell us we could help others.” Said Tina from Alisal High School. Most Rising teen entrepreneurs tell us that they didn’t know that they had the power to affect change. Participating in our program gives them a channel for exercising their empathy, and expanding it locally and globally.
Our teen entrepreneurs learn to acknowledge and talk about some of the biggest issues faced by the world today, such as human trafficking and genocide. While many people look the other way, our teens learn to effectively share and act on their passion for the issues that mean the most to them, and ultimately inspire empathy and action in others.
Tell us about your partnerships
We’ve implemented a variety of programs at schools including:
Castilleja Independent School for Girls – Developed a jewelry design workshop that enabled students to co-create a pendant with women rescued from brothels in India
Alisal High School - Developed a youth social entrepreneurial training course
The Harker School – Launched our first student lead Rising Club
UC Santa Cruz - Co-founded the groundbreaking course, Social Change
Our primary challenge is the lack of paid staff. Just 2 full time, and 2 part time members oversee the local entrepreneurial program, and the global program in 25 countries. The remainder consists of volunteers and interns. With this grant, we could add more highly skilled staff members including a full time local program director, teen outreach recruiters and training facilitators. In addition, we plan to recruit working business mentors from the home party/direct sales industry. We have a strategic plan to recruit at least 20 seasoned home party professionals in the next year.
Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?
encouraging philanthropy, building leadership skills, storytelling, immersion, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.