Youth & Education
Rise Education Fund
Rise Education Fund is a student-led national nonprofit organization that champions the accessibility and affordability of higher education.
Former educator Adrian Acosta saw a need for a Los Angeles institution that puts children above profit and redefines success and education in the process. To this end, the Ed Agency provides educational support in communities with low-performing schools. They currently offer three primary services: "Ed Agents", Educational Counseling, and Community Resiliency Model (CRM) sessions to support student success.
The Ed Agent Program is the core service provided to students in grades 4th – 9th and their families. Ed Agents work directly for and with students to help them be their best academically, socially, and emotionally. The family component to the Ed Agent Program ensures that parents or caregivers can connect to basic and essential resources in the community.
The Educational Counseling service is a vital component of the Ed Agency. Partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and Children's Institute on the Innovations 2 Project for South Los Angeles, counseling focuses on prevention-oriented services to increase the community's overall health and reduce the degree of trauma experienced by many students.
The third and final service includes Community Resiliency Model (CRM) sessions. All Ed Agents train in the model, which introduces participants to six essential wellness skills and helps individuals utilize a skills-based approach to identify and understand the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system. Through collaboration and partnership with families and other support organizations in the community, the Ed Agency has been successfully assisting children by prioritizing the removal of barriers to addressing mental health and wellness in primary education and providing access to effective educational opportunities.
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