Giving the women of tomorrow the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

Personal finance is an essential skill to navigate everyday life. At The Women’s Resource, we believe those skills are best learned early, so we created RISE! with the goal of integrating financial education into the day-to-day lives of high school students; providing them with the tools needed to make informed decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.

In the RISE! program, participants explore financial topics such as understanding your personal relationship with money, practicing responsible budgeting and savings and banking basics. In addition to financial education, RISE! participants receive practical career and college readiness lessons on topics such as communicating personal strengths and abilities, identifying career opportunities, writing a resume, and dressing for success.

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A Support Network, Year by Year

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The problem is simple. The next generation is at a higher risk of experiencing poverty, especially minority women

Half of American households currently live paycheck to paycheck. Only 24% of Millennials show signs of basic financial literacy. Black and Hispanic women are twice as likely as White women to experience issues paying their bills. Women are more likely to have a lower credit score and less savings than men. 

At RISE!, we believe that offering high school girls a four-year support system of peers and basic financial education will give them the confidence they need to make career and education goals for life after high school. 

Our curriculum is built around their needs.

Write a little bit here about what they’d learn in this year. Nothing long. Just a paragraph.

Write a little bit here about what they’d learn in this year. Nothing long. Just a paragraph.

Write a little bit here about what they’d learn in this year. Nothing long. Just a paragraph.

Write a little bit here about what they’d learn in this year. Nothing long. Just a paragraph.

Impact by the Numbers

RISE! is a four-year program that meets with girls every month of their high school years. It’s now been over four years since we launched.

Click on a GOAL to see our impact from the first graduating classes. 

Program Goal:

Every girl has an educational or career plan for after high school.

247 Acceptance Letters,
55 Scholarships

College need not be the only path, but we help girls gain the confidence and knowledge to achieve their plans.

Program Goal:

Every girl has a network of support to help her set a goal and achieve it.

67 Graduates

RISE! helps ensure that girls matriculate all the way through high school with our team by their side.

Program Goal:

Every girl has a financial plan that supports her plans after high school.

$65,863 saved!

Every year of the program teaches the girls a new aspect of financial independence, including saving for their goals.

How can I help, other than by making a donation?

The RISE! program works with schools throughout Houston. However, you can still help as a successful member of the community. As part of the curriculum, we frequently take our girls on Career Exploration Field Trips to local corporations or bring in guest speakers. We believe that exposing our girls to the many avenues they have to choose from after high school motivates them to budget, save, and plan for the future.

RISE! is unique in that it is delivered in a school setting and during school hours. Girls do not have to worry about how they will get to RISE! or about staying after school. Through our school partnerships, we work out a schedule that allows girls the opportunity to participate.

If you’re interested in speaking to our girls or would like to host a field trip, email us directly!

Our RISE! School Partners

We work in conjunction with area schools to pinpoint young women with untapped potential who are ready to take their education to the next level. RISE! is unique in that it is delivered in a school setting and during school hours. Girls do not have to worry about how they will get to RISE! or about staying after school. Through our school partnerships, we work out a schedule that allows girls the opportunity to participate.

Each group of girls stays together for the duration of high school. As a result, the girls are able to support each other in school and beyond.

We host RISE! at Greater Houston Area high schools, including:

Interested in having RISE! at your school? Let us know!

If you are a school administrator who believes RISE! would be a great addition to your school’s programs, please contact our Program Manager, Maria Pickett at mpickett@thewomensresource.org. Or, fill out the form below. 

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    “Coming from a family with limited resources, it was crucial for me to learn how to manage my money and be able to help my parents make smart decisions financially. My thoughts about money have changed drastically. Now I appreciate every dollar that’s been given to me. I used to take for granted my parents’ bills and payments. I now understand that money plays a major role in our daily lives and the way it’s spent can have long-lasting effects on us.”

    – A Junior at Chavez High School 

    FAQ

    We are able to offer the RISE! program for free to all participants and partner schools because of the generous support we receive from funders and donors.  

    Please complete the Contact Us form above to express your interest in becoming a partner school.

    There are no grades issued for the RISE! Program, but we do collect qualitative data from the girls in relation to personal goals set during the program, knowledge gained from program lessons; and money saved through surveys and one-on-one conversations.

    The program typically enrolls 25-40 9th grade students per school each year. These students continue in the program for all 4 years.  

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