RISE            Americorps

Probation has developed the Recognizing Increased Skills in Education (RISE) Program, by joining with AmeriCorps to improve the success of youth on probation. https://www.serve.nebraska.gov/

Program Goal

The RISE program will reduce recidivism through improving school engagement for youth on probation throughout 9 of the Judicial Districts across Nebraska. As a result of completing the RISE Program, youth will build skills, improve school attendance, decrease negative behaviors and be less likely to be involved in future delinquent activities.

Grant Summary

The Recognizing Increased Skills in Education (RISE) program was originally developed for the larger areas of rural Nebraska that have not received the supportive services that urban areas have. Since implementation, it has expanded to cover nine probation districts throughout the state of Nebraska.

The grant allows probation to place AmeriCorps members, titled “RISE Program Specialists”, in the nine judicial districts across the state of Nebraska. Each member is directly supervised by the Chief Probation Officer or designee. The Chief or designee introduces the member to probation policies, procedures, and given an overview of AmeriCorps rules and the RISE program. The Program Director in the Administrative Office of Courts and Probation is available to give support to members and ensures the program is operated with AmeriCorps set expectations and rules.

AmeriCorps members are specifically responsible for organizing and facilitating a skill-based curriculum, focused on education, for youth on probation. The educational skills include goal setting, motivation, organization, class participation, study skills and test taking.  After completion of the skill-based curriculum youth will receive ongoing support from the RISE Program Specialist.

The members also network with schools and the local community. Members invite local speakers to their groups to discuss topics they are discussing in their workbook and/or post-high school opportunities. This includes military representatives, local college representatives, and information on trade schools. Finally, the members collaborate with the Probation Officers regarding youth school performance, progress and group participation.


For additional information contact:

Carra Thompson
Programs and Services Officer- RISE
521 S 14th St.
Lincoln, NE  68508
Phone:  402-471-3338