Five years! They say in the business world this is when you know you’ve made it. We believe this is true and know we could not have made it without your support and friendship. Together, we are building a movement to change the face of leadership in San Diego. And, since 2014, our movement has made a significant impact in advancing sustainable systemic change throughout San Diego. Here are just a few highlights:
- Our flagship RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program empowers a new generation of leaders to bring up (and bring together) our urban communities. Four cohorts of Fellows have now graduated. Our 92 alumni and 25 current Fellows are rapidly becoming impactful changemakers. For example, three RISE Fellows were elected to leadership positions in 2018: Monica Montgomery, San Diego City Council; Sean Elo, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees; and Lou Barrios, South Bay Union School District Board. And, collectively, our Fellows have secured over $6 million in public and philanthropic dollars to address urgent community needs through sustainable solutions.
- In August 2015, RISE won the County of San Diego’s Project MOST training and technical assistance contract. Initially a one-year pilot project focused on capacity-building of nonprofits and small minority-owned businesses in only two communities, today RISE has successfully built Project MOST into a long-term County initiative now serving organizations countywide. To date, we have provided nearly 1,200 hours of intensive, hands-on technical assistance to 28 organizations in developing and implementing strategic or business plans, and offered monthly training opportunities to over 700 participants representing 200+ organizations.
- Dialogue-based and solutions-oriented civic engagement is fundamental to our theory of change. It is the foundation upon which empowerment and sustainable change in urban communities will happen. The RISE Urban Breakfast Club, which provides a forum for San Diego residents and leaders from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to connect, network, and engage with one another civilly, has been our primary engagement tool. Since our founding, RISE has hosted 24 RISE Urban Breakfast Club forums for a total of nearly 2,000 diverse participants.
None of this would have been possible without the time, talents, and treasure of those of you celebrating our 5th Anniversary with us. We deeply appreciate your friendship, love, and support, as well as your shared commitment to fostering urban leadership development and civic engagement through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Looking forward to seeing where our movement will take us together in the next five years and beyond.
Once again, thank you for joining the movement!
DWAYNE CRENSHAW & TONY YOUNG