About Us

Our Mission

RISE TOGETHER is on a mission to prevent addiction and promoting positive mental health.

Our Purpose

To ignite a movement of hope that is saving lives.

Our Vision

Raising 1 million youth voices by educating, engaging, and empowering youth to use their voice for change through seminars, student-led activities, peer wellness coaching, and ambassadorship.

Our Impact

Since 2013, we have educated 200,000+ people by encouraging them to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT on issues that they care about most – BREAKING THE SILENCE around addiction and mental health.


The addiction crisis is at an all-time high. Today, addiction impacts more than 40 MILLION Americans; twice the number of people with cancer.

Addiction does not discriminate. Each year over 3.5 million people die from harmful use of drugs and alcohol worldwide. In the United States, drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 people in the United States last year – a new record driven by the deadly opioid epidemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. The rising overdose numbers make the drug epidemic more deadly than gun violence, car crashes or Aids, which have never killed as many people in a single year. It represents nearly 200 people dying from overdoses every day in 2017.

90% of those who STRUGGLE with addiction start BEFORE the age of 18. It’s a wonder why there isn’t a much bigger focus on prevention today.

By taking a proactive approach, we believe that addiction is a preventable public health crisis. Through education and awareness, young people can reach out for support, take action, eliminate stigma, and create long-lasting change in their community that ultimately helps to save lives.

Our Programs

Ignite & Engage Seminars – This program is designed to educate through story-telling and ignite a conversation around addiction, mental health, suicide, bullying and more. Typically done with middle and high school-aged students through
assemblies with the entire student body.

Discovery Corps  – This peer-coaching program is a 3-day training that is designed to train and certify teen leaders on how to be peer
wellness coaches.

RAISE Project– An ambassadorship model that is designed to raise awareness and ignite change throughout the school and community through storytelling, advocacy, and education. It provides three different change projects based on RAISEkindness, RAISEawareness, and RAISEvoices.

Crave21 Health Challenge – was created to have a little fun while developing healthy habits. The challenge has gone global and is designed to encourage students to give up an unhealthy craving for 21 days and replace it with a healthier one while learning the
science of addiction.

(RT) School Impact Report 2018_2019

Our Story

We have been sharing our story since 2013, officially known as RISE TOGETHER, Inc., a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Founded by a group of passionate storytellers and change makers. Together, they had a goal: to help save at least one life.

They were sick and tired of losing friends and family members while watching so many others suffer in silence. It was then they decided to take action; to speak out. They spoke from street corners to parking lots, from walks to rally's, prisons to jails, to the state capitol, and the nation's capital. However, they didn't find their home until they started working with the youth.

Together their team has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and taken the stage many, many times. Through the years, they have shared their knowledge and enthusiasm with communities across the Midwest; speaking and listening to over 200,000 young people.

RISE TOGETHER dreams of a world were youth feel loved, heard, and inspired to live in hope. They ignited a conversation that continues to save lives, but it doesn't stop there. They dream of a future were millions can use their story for change; deepening connection and building community one story at a time.



We primarily EDUCATE through passionate storytelling.



Our solution is to provide LONG-LASTING programs that help build strong advocates and leaders.



We exist to ignite a movement of HOPE that is SAVING LIVES.









What We Believe

Here we believe that THE FUTURE IS YOUTH. As we strive to save lives, we want to strengthen OUR TRIBE by creating safe places for us to grow. We can all help create a future that is filled with HOPE when we...

  • Take better care of ourselves.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Invest in community. 
  • Build healthy habits & routines. 
  • Value compassion. 
  • Practice vulnerability. 
  • Grow through struggles.
  • Love others, serve others.
  • Experience life & all it's facets.
  • Become the best version of ourselves. 

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