Rise Together is creating a movement of young people by encouraging students to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about; breaking the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs & alcohol. We do this by...

Educating– through storytelling

Engaging–  young people to become advocates of change

Empowering– youth through education

We primarily engage Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, and other public settings by providing a variety of speaking engagements, special events, public panels, and workshops.


Since 2013, our educational program has directly impacted and educated over 120,000 young people; helping to build resilient leaders from 5th grade to college and beyond.

Over the past 3 years we have learned alot and now we are sharing our experiences, our research, with everyone we can in hopes to make a larger difference; together.

Helping people to RISE up & overcome the challenges they face

To create a community where are youth are HEARD, LOVED, and inspired to LIVE in HOPE

Is about being a face of recovery through ADVOCATING, EDUCATING, and bringing a VOICE to the voiceless

RISE TOGETHER....was founded in 2013 by nationally recognized advocates, Anthony Alvarado and Douglas Darby.

After traveling over 100,000 miles, partnering with over 150 schools, presenting over 400+ times the support we have received since the beginning has been unbelievable.

We were recently nominated as top national advocates & our youth outreach efforts even got recognized by the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy.

"Getting you guys to come to our school was the best decision they've ever made. it was life changing seeing you guys present! keep doing what you’re doing!"

"I'm still trying to pick my jaw up off the ground!! Talk about dedication!! Thank you all so much for taking your time to come to are school and address what has become such a big problem in WI with your own stories from your past and trying to prevent the same situation. God Bless You!!"

RT is a force of change. Our grass roots movement is geared toward innovation and forward movement. Our team is driven, passionate, and goal-oriented. Together, especially on stage, we are like a family.

Our primary mission is to educate our youth. We achieve this by having our members combine their talents and experiences to create a positive change in the community.

Students are saying “This is the best presentation I have ever seen!”

We want to learn more. We want to get involved. We want to help others. We want to follow our dreams!”


Our Services

RISE TOGETHER provides a very strategic amount of services that not only bring value to students but also parents, businesses, and all parts of the community. Our services seek to create a long-lasting & positive culture.

Student-led Programs
- These youth advocacy groups would be developed with student coordinators in correlation with student counselors and related teachers or administrators within the school district that is interested in developing this program.

Educational Seminars – Designed to educate students, teachers, families, professionals, and the community, in a variety of settings, on topics of substance use, addiction, mental health awareness, and the development of life skills.

Community Awareness & Branding – our messaging platforms promote the message of recovery in all forms and encourage a community for a positive social change.

Grassroots advocacy – not only to designed our brand message but these trainings extend messaging around recovery & helps build long-term advocates; all working to the greater good together.

Workshops – We deliver a variety of workshops that incorporates our core mission to bring education, awareness, and community outreach to the forefront of our communities’ conversation.

“Thank you so much for coming! The passion you all have is next to none. I really hope that the future brings many changes to the way treatment is approached in our area and that we can get more options. You guys are phenomenal...every single one of you. And from the bottom of my heart I thank you.”

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