& Values

Rise’s mission is to build students’ political power to ensure the cost of higher education never prevents students from pursuing their dreams.

Expand each section to learn more about each value in action.

Student AgencyRise believes in harnessing the extraordinary potential of young people, empowering them not only to aspire for change but to become the driving force behind it. Our programming mobilizes and inspires young people into action, recognizing their own lived experiences as the catalyst for transforming inequity in higher education and in the political process.

EmpowermentWe prioritize investing in young leaders, ensuring they have the tools, skills and financial resources necessary to organize, advocate, and vote for the world they deserve – one where all students have equitable access to higher education and the ballot box.

Equity & InclusionRise envisions a world where everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, has the opportunity to achieve a higher education. We seek to build a diverse movement that includes all who are impacted by the college affordability crisis. We foster a community of authenticity where everyone can come to this work as their full selves. We are deeply committed to fostering equity and a strong sense of belonging among our staff and student leaders.

InnovationThe world in which we operate is constantly changing, so we prioritize being adaptive and champion experimentation as a key part of our work. To push this movement further, we look to our young people for new ideas and new ways of organizing.


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