UPRISE Pacific Islander Education Summit
UPRISE brings together approximately 300 Pacific Islander high-school students, their families, school administrators, faculty and staff from around the Puget Sound. Since 2012, UPRISE has continued to cultivate healthy dialogue about the unique needs of Pacific Islander students for school staff and provide tangible educational success skills for our PI students and their families. By providing a safe space for these important exchanges, we can better guide our communities toward critical thinking, knowledge building, problem solving and the creation of action plans for educational success.
Young Pacific Islander students are a gifted and talented group of people. UPRISE is an ideal venue where they can build on their strengths, cultivate their leadership growth, validate their experiences, and send them into the school year with empowerment, affirmation and support.
UPRISE aims to:
- Empower Pacific Islander students with knowledge, skills and resources to advocate for their education; to develop leadership capacities; and to pursue their dreams and hopes for a brighter future.
- Support the Engagement of Pacific Islander parents/families in the education process of their children through meaningful dialogue and brainstorming with other parents and school personnel;
- Equip and strengthen the capacity of teachers/faculty who work with PI students.