ARISE Celebrates 25 Years of Reaching Out To At-Risk Youth

For a quarter century, the ARISE Foundation has motivated troubled youth to become more positive about their lives and learn how to better express themselves while learning the crucial life management skills taught to them using the ARISE Life Skills curriculum.

Online PR News – 06-March-2011 – – North Palm Beach, Fl March 6, 2011- For a quarter century, the ARISE Foundation has motivated troubled youth to become more positive about their lives and learn how to better express themselves while learning the crucial life management skills taught to them using the ARISE Life Skills curriculum.
Edmund and Susan Benson have dedicated their golden years to improving the lives of at-risk and incarcerated youth. They established ARISE, a not-for-profit foundation in 1986, and began teaching life-skills to troubled youth in the Dade County public school system. Susan, a school teacher, and Edmund, a business executive, built a successful enterprise, retired, and started fulfilling their lifelong dream of helping high-risk youth succeed in life.
Edmund Benson chose the most difficult populations to help: youth behind bars, gang members and those on the verge of entering the adult prison system. Twenty-five years later, ARISE is more relevant than ever. The ARISE life-skills curricula are currently being taught by ARISE trained staff in over 100 Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facilities as well as in Washington DC and numerous other locations throughout the country and around the world.
The ARISE Foundation is a developer and publisher of unique life-management skills curricula and staff training programs for those responsible for incarcerated youth in detention centers, secure and transitional facilities, alternative schools and after school programs. ARISE programs consist of positive, interactive group discussions and activities designed to break the ice quickly and capture the attention of even the most introverted participants. ARISE programs consist primarily of 45-60 minute interactive, dynamic group activities led by ARISE-trained group facilitators, moving away from traditional lectures which have proven ineffective for most at-risk youth. The ARISE curriculum has been specifically designed to address youth with learning disabilities and lower reading levels.
In addition to a huge library of interactive life-skills lessons, ARISE offers several important, one-of-a-kind training programs for those that work with at-risk youth in high-stress environments. For those wishing to conduct ARISE life-skills lessons with the youth at their facility, ARISE offers a two-day Life-Skills Group Facilitator training workshop. In this workshop, participants learn how to interact with the youth, guide group activities, ask meaningful questions, and listen with an open mind, ensuring memorable learning experiences for all learners. -more-

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or those wishing to take their training to the next level, ARISE offers a Master Life Skills Instructor workshop, in which participants learn how to conduct the two-day ARISE Life-Skills Group Facilitator training at their own facilities, essentially creating a self-contained life-skills program at their place of employ.
The unique and powerful five-day “ARISE Drop It at the Door workshop” helps participants stop the boomerang effect of bringing stress from home to work and vice versa. This remarkable workshop touches on everything from managing anger and stress to dealing with difficult people and curbing workplace gossip. Learning to manage and deflect negative emotions can help participants improve the quality of relationships and create more productive and peaceful environments at work and at home.

The newest ARISE training program is now available to the families and relatives of at-risk youth. The new program called “ARISE Family Tools – Life Skills for the Whole Family.” Was built on the 25 years experience of ARISE in creating Life Skills training materials especially designed for at-risk youth and their care givers. However, ARISE Foundation recognizes that as good as our life skills training is, as successful as we might be in teaching them to at-risk youth, the troubled young man or woman with the best chance of success is the one who has those skills supported and reinforced at home.
But poverty and cultural deprivation often work in direct opposition to the goals and ambitions of at-risk youngsters, since their parents are too stressed out by the day-to-day struggles of survival to have anything left over to give to nurturing or encouragement. Often, because of the repetitive cycle of poverty, the parents, themselves, come from homes where mere survival trumped everything else, leaving them ill equipped to break the chain of struggle and failure.
That’s why we created the ARISE Family Tools program, a 12-session, 90 minutes each, training program for moderators who then can go out into the community and teach the parents of at-risk kids how to build a foundation for change, within their own homes.
Since its inception, the ARISE foundation has trained and certified over 5,457 ARISE Life-Skills Group Facilitators who have taught over 5,400,000 documented hours of interactive ARISE Life Skills lessons to at-risk youth and teens across the United States and beyond. Apart from numerous institutions in USA, the ARISE curricula is also being used in Canada, Jamaica, England, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Bahrain, South Africa, Vietnam, Uganda, Nigeria and Haiti. The ARISE curricula is presently being translated into Kazakh and Russian for use with orphans.

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