WHAT WE BELIEVE

At Kids On The Rise, we believe that children are most likely to reach their full potential when surrounded and supported by positive, caring adults. A mentor listens, encourages, establishes positive boundaries and acts as a strong role model to help students develop a sense of hope and vision for their futures. 

 

OUR HISTORY

Kids On The Rise, originally the SMILE program, has been matching students with mentors since 1991 through a partnership with Rural Cumberland Resources. Students who participated in the SMILE program were paired with a tutor who met with them to assist with their academic development. In 2003, Kids On The Rise was established as a separate organization. Over the years, the organization found that students' needs encompassed more than academic assistance and the program began to focus on building a one-on-one relationship with a mentor. We currently serve approximately 55 students in grades K - 12 in Cumberland County schools.  

OUR RESULTS

Students who are mentored are more likely to:

  • Have greater self-esteem

  • Stay in school

  • Pursue further education

  • Engage in fewer risky behaviors

 
 

Board of Directors

Josh Stone, President

Mary Coates, Vice President

Bridgette Cox, Secretary

Ben Whitson, Treasurer

Dave Farney

Anne Hofinga

Charles Lusso

Drew Moses

Kelly Thurman

Tim Vandagriff

Stan Zuercher

​Emily Green, Student Representative

 

Staff

Pam Burris, Executive Director

​Pat Nagy, Assistant Director

KIDS ON THE RISE

348 Taylor Street

Suite 102

Crossville, TN 38555

ABOUT US

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Call us:

931-459-2388

Find us: 

348 Taylor Street, Suite 102

Crossville, TN 38555