RISE TOGETHER is on a mission to prevent addiction by educating, engaging, and empowering youth to use their voices for change, 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 dangerous 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.


In 5 short years, the Rise Together team has traveled over ​200,000+ miles​, taken the stage over ​400 times​, partnered with over ​150 schools, and educated more than 150,000 youth​. In the fall of 2018, Rise Together obtained its nonprofit 501(c)3 status to expand its efforts to ignite a youth-led movement that is saving lives. Giving will provide a platform to engage individuals and communities in creating a world where youth can be loved, heard, and inspired to live in hope.

This year Rise Together is working to lift the voices of youth through its “Future is Youth” campaign. By harnessing the voices of one million youth, Rise Together will not only support youth in being heard but use their voices to develop new programs to meet their needs.

Will you join us in creating one of the most massive cultural movements of hope?

“Our next generation, the youth, has the ability to make this world a more loving, kind, compassionate, and hopeful place. We need to keep helping to make a peaceful future for everyone. This is our solution and we hope you join.”
-Anthony Alvarado, President of RISE TOGETHER