Educational Institutions

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education

  • Providence, RI
  • www.riseonline.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) is to provide educational opportunities and mentoring to children of currently and formerly incarcerated parents to break the cycle of poverty, violence and addiction that so often threatens them.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

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Ms. Jennifer Shimkus

Keywords

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children, incarceration, education, mentoring

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Also Known As

RISE

EIN

06-1470525

Physical Address

143 Prairie Ave 1st floor

Providence, RI 02905

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education provides tuition assistance (up to $3,500) and/or mentoring to each of the 170 children enrolled in the program. In addition, RISE covers the cost of uniforms, books, tutoring, summer camps and other educational services.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jennifer Shimkus

BIO

Jennifer began working at Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) in April 2002 as Director of Development. She became Co-Director in 2004 and assumed her current position in January 2007. As Executive Director, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the program, fundraising, finances and administrative functions of the organization. RISE is a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities and mentoring to children of currently and formerly incarcerated parents. In 2003, Jennifer designed and implemented the Mentoring for Academic Success program as a supplemental service for scholarship recipients. This program has since grown to serve 90 youth and allows RISE to service children for whom the scholarship intervention may not be appropriate. She has also created high school and college preparatory programming. Jennifer?s prior experience includes service as the Grants Manager for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) in Boston, Massachusetts and the Assistant Director of Development and Divisional Grants Writer for The Salvation Army in Phoenix, Arizona. Jennifer holds a Master?s degree in Mass Communications from Arizona State University and a Bachelor?s degree in Political Science and English from Boston University. Jennifer is currently the Treasurer at Bell Street Chapel in Providence and a member of the Gamma II class of Leadership Rhode Island.

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