Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program

Executive Director--Allyson Thornton
Program Director--Jean Rebecca Raise Up is a three year mentoring and scholarship program dedicated to empowering high school minority young men by teaching them the educational and life skills needed to become successful in the future they choose.

Through a series of competitions that focus on various educational and life skills we offer each young man the opportunity to earn scholarship funding for post-graduate education.

Operating as usual

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post 08/09/2021

As the summer draws to an end and a new school year is on the horizon, our Raise Up Students ended their summer with another college tour. This time it was a trip to the Citadel, a very enriching visit. The Citadel is a place filled with great history and enduring memories. Let's just say the Citadel is more than just a military school.

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post 07/09/2021

Summertime is the best time for our students to build traction towards their future. Essay writing, scholarship research and college visits are in session. First up was a college tour to Coastal Carolina University and next ACT testing next weekend.

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post 05/11/2021

Meet MR. DETERMINED! Autism has not stopped this young man from forward progress and academic achievement. Four years ago, Rome graduated from North Charleston High School as Valedictorian. A few days ago, Rome graduated from Trident Technical College with an Associates Degree in Science. Help me to congratulate Raise Up Student, Rome Breland!

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post 05/07/2021

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest,” Benjamin Franklin

Remember the saying, "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade." Well, that is just what our students are doing. SAT scores are improving, so too are their interest in attending college. Last week our students participated in a Virtual College Campus 360 tour with USC Beaufort. Not the traditional on-campus tour we are used to, yet they made the best out of the on-screen experience. They were fully engaged, asked important questions, and overall enjoyed their virtual experience.

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post 04/27/2021

Last month our students participated in a Financial Literacy Workshop Webinar. Thank you to FEE Financial for servicing our students with your time, energy and talent.

04/01/2021

Meet Raise Up Student, Jaylen Link from North Charleston High School in an encouraging interview.

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post 03/02/2021

Like most of you, for the past year we have had to make many adjustments to continue to serve our students. One being our Saturday intensive SAT/ACT Prep, moving it from in person to virtual. Believe it or not there was much excitement when these young men had a chance to return around the boardroom table in person. Here are a few of our students hard at work.

We hope them well as they take the SAT this Wednesday March 3rd.

Principal who took night job to help his students gets a heartwarming surprise 02/02/2021

Principal who took night job to help his students gets a heartwarming surprise

Raise Up has long been involved at North Charleston High School and we have had the privilege to witness Principal Darby’s selfless love on a regular basis. He embodies and models the Pay It Forward attributes we work to instill in the students we serve. Take a look and be an awe!

Principal who took night job to help his students gets a heartwarming surprise A high school principal in North Charleston, South Carolina has gone viral for taking on an extra overnight job at Walmart to help his students in need: Craig Melvin reports. Walmart approached TODAY with a desire to honor Henry Darby by giving a surprise donation of $50,000 to his school. Watch the...

01/04/2021

Happy New Year! 2021 - To A New Beginning!

Although the Holiday Season looked very different for each of our students, they Maximize the Moment and made the Most of their Opportunities:

One of our young men spent the holiday season making face mask with his mother. One gentlemen received a gift card from Raise Up but 'Paid It Forward' to a friend that was recently in a motorcycle accident as a "Get Well Soon" gift. Another young man made extra time for family and friends around the dinner table. And yet, another took time to visit and support a family member in the hospital.

2021 - Take Time for Others!

11/26/2020

Timeline Photos

11/23/2020

Excellent young man

11/19/2020

Photos from Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's post

11/11/2020

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein

October 2020 is now locked away in a secret vault, but her residue may last for a lifetime; and now here we are in a November to Remember! For our students, first quarter has come to an end and last minute assignments are being squeezed in to keep those GPAs up.

Meanwhile, outside of class time, you can find some of our students under the dark sky and glaring lights on the gridiron where pads thump, helmets clash and bodies collide. Others are Paying It Forward. You may find them cutting a neighbor’s yard, taking out the trash or helping a family member in need. One of our students even invited his former Spanish teacher from middle school with his family to dinner at Golden Coral. According to Albert Einstein, Raise Up students are living, “a life worthwhile.”

10/10/2020

Our Raise Up Students are back to school and back in the groove! Covid-19 quiet on set, virtual learning is now in session!

Can you believe it, these students are already half way into the 1st Quarter. Our motto for this year has been “Start Strong, Finish Strong!”

Here is one of our go to quotes, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln

Here are a few photos of our High School Juniors and College Students in their new norm.

08/10/2020

Just Zoomin’ with our students! We can’t wait to get revved back up again! As we wait to see what the beginning of the school year will look like, we are continuing to work with our students to make sure they have the essentials to be successful.

05/25/2020

Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program's cover photo

05/24/2020

"Raise Up" young men working hard while social distancing

Checking in with our students at Battery Creek High! Our new normal at Raise Up, making sure our students have what they need to be successful with their academics. Keep up the good work fellas!!

04/02/2020

Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program

Checking in with our students at Battery Creek High! Our new normal at Raise Up, making sure our students have what they need to be successful with their academics. Keep up the good work fellas!!

04/02/2020

Checking in with our students at Battery Creek High! Our new normal at Raise Up, making sure our students have what they need to be successful with their academics. Keep up the good work fellas!!

02/19/2020

Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program

On behalf of Companion Foundation, welcome to the Boardroom! Raise Up, planting seeds early for life long growth!

"Every financial worry you want to banish and financial dream you want to achieve comes from taking tiny steps today that put you on a path toward your goals." Suze Orman

We would like to thank South Carolina Federal Credit Union and their Rep Jake, for meeting with our students. Our Financial 101 Session was a major success; from smart goals, credit scores (breaking down of FICO scores) and how to budget; our students were engaged.

02/18/2020

On behalf of Companion Foundation, welcome to the Boardroom! Raise Up, planting seeds early for life long growth!

"Every financial worry you want to banish and financial dream you want to achieve comes from taking tiny steps today that put you on a path toward your goals." Suze Orman

We would like to thank South Carolina Federal Credit Union and their Rep Jake, for meeting with our students. Our Financial 101 Session was a major success; from smart goals, credit scores (breaking down of FICO scores) and how to budget; our students were engaged.

01/23/2020

Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program

Last night our Raise Up Beaufort students had the opportunity to attend a conversation “On Race in the 21st Century.” Jeffrey Blount, the author of Emancipation of Evan Walls, discusses his experiences as a African-American boy and man and what we can do to keep race relations moving forward. . Thank you Jeffrey for the thought-provoking conversation and also taking the time to speak privately with our students!
Also, thank you to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and First Presbyterian Church for hosting the event. @ First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, SC

01/23/2020

Last night our Raise Up Beaufort students had the opportunity to attend a conversation “On Race in the 21st Century.” Jeffrey Blount, the author of Emancipation of Evan Walls, discusses his experiences as a African-American boy and man and what we can do to keep race relations moving forward. . Thank you Jeffrey for the thought-provoking conversation and also taking the time to speak privately with our students!
Also, thank you to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and First Presbyterian Church for hosting the event. @ First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, SC

12/13/2019

It’s amazing how a simple haircut can change moods and effect behavior. It changes frowns into smiles! Our North Charleston High School Student received a special guest visit from Derrick Moon. He is one of our student’s father and also a local barber in the area. He provided our students with a nice haircut for the Holiday Season. @ North Charleston High

12/13/2019

Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program

It’s amazing how a simple haircut can change moods and effect behavior. It changes frowns into smiles! Our North Charleston High School Student received a special guest visit from Derrick Moon. He is one of our student’s father and also a local barber in the area. He provided our students with a nice haircut for the Holiday Season.

12/13/2019

It’s amazing how a simple haircut can change moods and effect behavior. It changes frowns into smiles! Our North Charleston High School Student received a special guest visit from Derrick Moon. He is one of our student’s father and also a local barber in the area. He provided our students with a nice haircut for the Holiday Season.

11/04/2019

Raise Up young men learning how to shake hands and make proper eye contact. A wonderful group of young men.

DaShawn and Alex.

10/27/2019

Help me wish our Excuitve Director, Allyson Thornton a Happy Birthday.

10/26/2019

Yesterday, Our two Raise Up groups joined together at High Cotton restaurant for our Social and Dining Etiquette session lead by the amazing, Cindy Grosso of Southern School of Prototcol!

They learned the importance of first impressions, how values create behaviors, how to introduce themselves and to dine with class!

10/20/2019

Allyson Thornton and Jean Rebecca helping our Raise Up young men preparing fro the SAT/ACT. They are making a difference.

While most of their peers spent Saturday sleeping, playing video games or eyes glued on social media, these 10th grade boys spent 5hrs of their day training for the SAT/ACT. Raise Up students in the boardroom sharpening their axe! Abraham Lincoln would be proud.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln

10/20/2019

While most of their peers spent Saturday sleeping, playing video games or eyes glued on social media, these 10th grade boys spent 5hrs of their day training for the SAT/ACT. Raise Up students in the boardroom sharpening their axe! Abraham Lincoln would be proud.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln

09/11/2019

Welcome to NCHS Raise Up Class of 2022!!

08/30/2019

Raise Up - Working behind the scenes to make dreams come true.

As Summer comes to a close and we open the doors and windows to Fall, another group of our students have said goodbye to high school and hello to college Life. CHEERS TO A NEW BEGINNING!

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

01/16/2019

The Salvation Army, Charleston, SC

Thank you Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program for volunteering at our Angel Tree warehouse. We appreciate all your hard work!

01/16/2019

Jermel President

Jermel is excited to be speaking with students in the Raise Up Mentoring & Scholarship Program this Friday. Raise Up is a program dedicated to empowering high school minority young men by teaching them the educational and life skills needed to become successful in whatever future they choose.
#JermelPresident #CharlestonSC

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