What We Do

Programs + Services

At RISE, transformation starts pre-release and continues post-release. Our inside/out model bridges incarceration to the community and considers all the critical steps in that journey. We prepare and train people for each phase through intensive character development, employment readiness, job creation through entrepreneurship and case management. We transform people in the community by building awareness and empathy that leads to support and opportunity.  These connections heal families, create employment pathways and lower recidivism.

RISE serves in 7 Nebraska prisons:

·      Omaha Correctional Center (Omaha)

·      Nebraska State Penitentiary (Lincoln)

·      Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (York)

·      Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (Tecumseh)

·      Lincoln Correctional Center (Lincoln)

·      Community Correctional Center, Lincoln

·      Community Correctional Center, Omaha

RISE's innovative 6-month program focuses on character development, job readiness and entrepreneurship. Program graduates receive a RISE completion certificate and a Certificate in Career Readiness from the University of Nebraska Omaha's School of Business Administration.

Some of the RISE curriculum components include: Gallup assessments and training for participants (CliftonStrengths and Builder Profile 10); the Pathways to Freedom curriculum developed by the Prison Mindfulness Institute; and entrepreneurship and business curriculum created by NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The curriculum will feature less video content and more classroom teaching and facilitation.

RISE holds in-prison volunteer coaching events and business pitch competitions. Volunteers coach on resumes, leadership statements, business ideation and lead mock interviews. Volunteers judge pitch competitions and provide mentorship to RISE Builders.

RISE offers program graduates case management support upon release. Post-release services include a business incubator, reentry planning, job readiness training and transitional housing.