What is RISE?

RISE (Re-entry through Industry Specific Education) offers hands-on vocational education integrated with academics, life skills, and work readiness training; service learning; job shadowing; and internships for youth ages 17-24. This program utilizes an award-winning curriculum that is structured to be competency-based.

Participants who successfully complete the RISE program will obtain the following:

- A Home Builders Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training Certificate (PACT)
- Youth Policy Council Work-Ready Certificate
- Be eligible to take the apprenticeship test upon completion of the program, which allows participants to work at wages above minimum wage when entering the workforce

Who is Eligible for RISE?

Enrollment in RISE is open to youth, ages 17-24, who meet the following requirements:

- Not currently enrolled in high school (high school diploma or GED is not required)

- Face a significant barrier to employment, including adjudicated youth or youth who were involved with the foster care system

How Does RISE Work?

Trainings are held in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood at 2400 East Carson Street.

Eligible youth who enroll in RISE will complete 12 weeks of vocational training in the following fields:

- Carpentry
- Brick Masonry
- Green Building
- Electrical
- Landscaping
- Weatherization
- Plumbing
- Facilities Maintenance
- Painting

Participants receive supports such as:

- Help with transportation
- Free lunch during trainings
- A stipend and free set of hand tools upon completion of the program
- Free GED classes and practice exams through Goodwill Literacy Initiative
- Opportunity to take the GED exam for FREE 

Sign Up to Learn More About RISE

To find out if you qualify and to learn more about the RISE program, fill out the form below and a RISE staff member will call you shortly. For more information, contact Whitney Kasprzak, RISE Program Facilitator, at whitney.kasprzak@goodwillswpa.org.