Who We Are

Who We Are

In their own words

Welcome to RISE, where we believe that every young person has the potential to succeed and thrive! Our mission is to bridge the gap between transitioning youth/young adults and their community through education, outreach, advocacy, awareness, and mentorship. Renika Atkins, the founder of our organization, utilized the resources that inspired her, along with the tools that helped her overcome barriers to success, to create a platform that aims to prevent other foster youth/alumni from experiencing the challenges she faced during her transition to adulthood. With over eight years of experience in serving youth in transition, we understand the challenges that young people face in today's society, and we're here to help!


Program expenditure


Youth/Young adults served

Our innovative programs are designed to empower and inspire young people, no matter what their background or situation may be. Whether you're a foster youth, a foster alumni, or a young adult who does not have stable housing, we have a range of programming to meet your needs.

At RISE, we're committed to improving social skills, academic achievement, self-determination, and access to tools for successful transitioning into adulthood. With our support, you can achieve your goals and reach your full potential. Join us today and see what you can accomplish!

Renika Atkins, LMSW

Founder and Executive Director

Natasha Bostic

Founding Board Member


to bridge the disparity gap between the transitioning young adult and the community through education, mentorship, outreach and awareness.


Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community? R.I.S.E. participates in at least five volunteer opportunities each year. We also have corporate volunteer opportunities.


We are currently running four unique programs designed to encourage success in the lives of both the professional and foster youth/alumni.