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Rising Up Together is empowering youth everywhere to connect, find purpose, and build resilience for life.

We are dedicated to creating positive resources to change the lives of youth and their families for the better.

Our Story

This organization was created because one 15-year-old girl, who unexpectedly found herself struggling with anxiety. With the help of her parents and community, they discovered three powerful solutions:

Connection,  Purpose,  Resilience.

For the next three years, they worked with hundreds of professionals, interns, and volunteers throughout the nation to devise an effective program that would empower youth from all walks of life. 

The Benefits to being  Resilient

  • Confidence

  • Adapt well

  • GRIT

  • Know differences between SUCCESS and being Unsuccessful.

  • Leadership skills

  • Overcome Challenges

  • PREVENT and reduce anxiety & depression.

  • learn ENDURANCE.


  • Coping Skills

  • Impulse control

  • Self-regulating skills

  • An increase in POSITIVITY

  • An increase in HAPPINESS

  • An increase in PURPOSE

  • An increase in SATISFACTION in life

Rising Up Together is empowering youth everywhere to connect, find purpose and build resilience for life.   We are dedicated in creating positive resources to change the lives of the Youth and their families for the better. 

Board of Directors


Shelly Jordan



Shawn Gandola

Vice President and Public Relations Director


Heather Hirst



Rachel Gandola



Jeff Hirst

Strategic Business Director


Lola Christensen

Philanthropy Director


Marci Monson

Outreach Director


Andy Proctor

Philanthropy Advisor


Desiree Winters

Curriculum Director

Jenae Nelson

Professional Advisor


It takes a lot of money to build this non-profit organization. Please consider into making a contribution to empower the youth to connect, find purpose, and build resilience for life!

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Transparency & Accountability

Rising Up Together is a non-profit public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation and is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Rising Up Together is not organized and shall not be operated for the private gain of any person. The property of the corporation is irrevocably dedicated to its educational and charitable purposes and no part of the receipts, or net earnings of the corporation shall be used for any activities other than its mission. Rising Up Together will always retain control over the contributed funds and will provide the relative information regarding its activities on its website.


We practice and encourage transparency and accountability by providing full and accurate information about our purpose, mission, activities, finances, contribution forms, and governance. Documents may be downloaded at no cost upon request.

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