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ARISE Students are Exploring College and the World Beyond in 2017

In 2017, ARISE is focusing on getting our students out to the explore their world and their opportunities. That means we are expanding our college access curriculum, hosting more college tours, expanding after school college prep clubs. We are also expanding our experiential learning in our PostSession and other classes by sending our students on more field trips to places like the exploratorium and DeYoung museum. We are making sure that all of our students have the opportunity to do an overnight fieldwork during PostSession – from backpacking in Humboldt to a 3 day bike ride in Point Reyes.

It’s not easy, but we have seen the huge impact these experiences have on our students. They are inspired by the opportunities that they find inside and outside of Oakland.
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Your contribution helps our students with:
$10 – Pay for transportation for one student to a like the Oakland Museum of California, the Exploratorium, the SF Moma and Academy of Sciences.

$50 – Send one student on a College tour. We take all of our students on a different college tour each year. Students get to feel what it’s like to be college student. It’s easy to tell that it doesn’t click for students what college is about until they actually visit a campus.

$150 – One half of a class set of books. We are always in need of great books! Right now we would like to buy a class set of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which the juniors will be reading second semester.

$500 – Buy a laptop for our College Access Center We need more laptops so that we can help students research colleges, write applications, write personal statements, and apply for scholarships and federal financial aid.

$1,000 – Send 10 students on overnight field work like visiting native american sweat lodges where students discuss indigenous or Point Reyes,

$5,000 – Fund our annual college tour for 25 students to visit colleges like UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, USC.

Interested in giving for something else?
Feel free to reach out to our Director of Operations and Finance, Audrey Blanson to talk about something specific that you’d like to fund. There’s a large range of things that we need support with, like Senior Grad night, after school programs, art supplies, teacher training and materials, student leadership class, school events, and facilities improvements.
Economic Challenges

With Education continually underfunded in California (44th in the nation), your support is invaluable. While the state of California is on the rise towards more adequately funding its schools, it has positioned small schools such as ARISE to operate on shoestring budgets in order to recover for years of financial stress. Please make your tax-deductible gift now by sending a check to ARISE High School or donating online here:
Other Ways You Can Help

If you are unable to donate, we get that. We’re broke teachers, after all. You can still help, however, even if you don’t have any funds. One easy way to help is to spread the word about our events, our fundraising, and our school. We always need communicty advocates.

You can also help us by:
  • donating things (see our wish list),
  • Donating your time (see volunteering), your network (help us spread the word about our events and fundraising campaigns), shop with our
Wish list
  • Bicycles and Bike parts:
  • Art supplies. Of all sorts.
  • Digital Recording equipment: if you have camcorders, digital cameras, microphones, digital audio recorders, etc.
  • iMacs, Macbooks or Chromebooks

Help us help our students by giving your time and wisdom. Throughout the year, we have multiple opportunities for getting involved, including:
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Helping students revise college applications and personal statements
  • Chaperoning college tours
  • Speaking at our career day or college symposium
Shop with our partners – The FREE way to donate

Do you shop at Lucky’s, Foodmaxx, Amazon or Safeway? If so, they will donated a small amount of your purchases to ARISE. The best part, it’s 100% free for us and for you. So, how does it work?

Amazon Smile Donations ( Amazon Smile program automatically donates .5% of all purchases you make. All you have to do is go to this link: This link will tell Amazon that you would like to support ARISE High School as your charity, so click yes. Now, anytime you want to shop with Amazon, just type make sure that you go to because you have to start at the Smile homepage for us to get the donation. If you start at we won’t get it. It’s exactly the same as the regular Amazon, only we get a cut. So help us out!

Foodmaxx, Lucky’s and Save Mart Donations: These supermarkets participate in the S.H.A.R.E.S. program which donates up to 3% of your purchases to ARISE at no cost to you. To participate you need to swipe one of ARISE’s special SHARES cards at the register. We keep cards here at school and will give you one or mail it to you. Just contact

Shop at Safeway? Go to and register your club card with ARISE as your Charity (Group ID 500128200) to help ARISE!

Other Information

Our IRS letter verifying 501(c)3 non-profit status- Download it here: Verification of 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status.

Employer Donation Matching – Many employers match donations by their employees to non-profit organization. Check with your employer to see if they do!

Donate Directly to our classroom projects! Donor’s Choose is a web platform that allows teachers to raise funds for the projects that are happening in their classrooms right now! Check out our open projects here.

**Refund Policy: If you made a donation in error, you must request a refund within 48 hours after you original donation.

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