Rising Hope Academy began as a small church school serving 17 students. Many of the children we served had difficulty processing and expressing emotions appropriately. This greatly impacted their readiness to learn.
We began to search for a school model to address social and emotional needs. We reached out to multiple agencies, learning of the work of Nadine Burke-Harris and the Adverse Childhood Experiences study.
Soon thereafter, we connected with Jim Sporleder and the trauma-informed model he used at Lincoln High in Walla Walla, Washington. Mr. Sporleder generously sent resources and spoke with our team about this model.
Since implementing this model in the spring of 2018, we have seen tremendous growth in our students' ability to regulate their emotions.
This has led to overall socio-emotional well-being and academic
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Rising Hope Academy is in its second year of operation, and has experienced growth in student population. We currently serve
on average fifty students, but with our populations' transiency, approximately eighty students per year cycles through our program. To date, we have served over two hundred children.
We have several bold goals for our future. We are seeking a new
facility to make room for our growing student population. In addition, we seek to bring more instructors on board, including instructors qualified to service special needs populations.
We find that many families in crisis need long-term mental health services and we are working with partner agencies to ensure that needed services are in place. In order to fully realize that part of our program, we are seeking funding to bring a full time social worker on staff.
We are so grateful four our many partners who help support us and pray that we continue to build relationships with agencies who specialize in areas of need for our children. We believe God has a plan and a purpose for our students. We are humbled to walk with them through the process of their healing.