Probation has partnered with AmeriCorps to develop the program called “Recognizing Increased Skills in Education” (RISE) to improve the success of youth on probation: https://www.serve.nebraska.gov/

Program Goal

The RISE program reduces recidivism through improving school engagement for youth on probation throughout nine (9) of the judicial districts across Nebraska. As a result of completing the RISE Program, youth build skills, improve school attendance, decrease negative behaviors and are 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.

The grant allows probation to place AmeriCorps RISE Program Specialists in the nine judicial districts. Each member is directly supervised by the chief probation officer or designee. The chief or designee introduces the member to probation policies, procedures, 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 AmeriCorps 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.

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If you are interested in joining or would like additional information, contact:

Paige Zamora
Programs and Services Officer- RISE
521 S 14th Street, 5th floor - Chief Standing Bear Justice Administration Building
Lincoln, NE  68508
Mobile:  402-309-6465