After watching the film Girl Rising, students at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK, knew they had to take action. In spring 2013, they got together, registered their club, RISE—the first in Oklahoma(!)—and began spreading the word. With over 50 members, RISE has a lot of girl power fueling its activities…and it shows. Not only are RISE members experts at fundraising, they’re all-stars at advocacy and community building too.
Right off the bat, RISE organized an annual pancake breakfast, which in its first year had 80 attendees and raised $400. Knowing they could make a bigger splash, RISE members got to work hosting a school-wide powderpuff football game. Despite the blustery March weather, 120 girls participated and 400 faculty, family and friends cheered them on resulting in $3,082 raised for Girl Up. RISE is famous all over Tulsa for the excitement it generates and its dedication to fostering community connections. Whether it’s volunteering at the local Girls on the Run 5K or teaming up with the United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma, RISE is always looking for ways to give back. You can see for yourself by checking their active (and impressive) Twitter account!
From the hundreds of Girl Up Clubs, RISE was named the top club for the 2013-2014 school year. Under the former leadership of Teen Advisor Kate McCollum and current Club Leader, Rachel Katz, their passion and commitment continues to inspire fellow Girl Up Clubs across the country and around the world!