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Youth that make the

Right Decisions

Nonviolent Decisions

Change Enabling Decisions

Rise Collection is the product of the Chicago youth empowerment nonprofit, The Black Ecosystem.

The goal of The Black Ecosystem is to teach Chicago youth the skills they need to create and run a business. To turn them on a path towards CEO - not CPD. And as a result the Rise Collection was born.

The products you see in our store were all crafted by Chicago youth who chose business over bullsh**

All sales help the students meet life goals and educational expenses.

Every dollar you donate goes towards sponsoring another Chicago youth in our skills training program.

My design has words that inspire me everyday: joy, play, soul, love. My plan is to sell lots of shirts and save up for college

-kanyla, 12

My shirt is a tiger. It represents being free and strong free to do anything you put your mind to, and be strong through it

-Amir, 13

I like to play basketball and football. I'm going to use the money I earn from my shirt sales to pay for college. I came up with a space design because I just feel like I need more space in this world to be myself. I want to be able to live without feeling like I can't go places or do things because of the color of my skin.

-Torvay, 18

I am a social entrepreneur and I want to start a business that would help me make money so that when I get older I can pay for college. I can also help my mother when she needs to pay the bills. My design is called Born Sinner. We all have sinned before. If there is something weighing down on your heart, pray and ask for forgiveness

-Jeffery, 19

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HELP STOP VIOLENCE

THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP, JOB TRAINING

AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

We are a group of 9 young entrepreneurs born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. We started Rise Collection because we want to break the cycle of poverty and violence in our neighborhoods. Instead of becoming another statistic, we choose to become entrepreneurs. Each one of us will pull another person in our family or community up as well. We are choosing a bright future over going down the wrong path. Please help us BREAK THE CYCLE by supporting our apparel line Rise Collection!

“I love this program it teaches me a lot and prepares me for life as far as learning how to be a business partner, the importance of being on Time, and keeping your word.” - Marcus Taylor, 19, Graduate of Ace Technical ’18

“I like coming to this class every week because it helps me prepare for the future. I’ve learned to invest in myself before I invest in anything else.” - Mohogony Young, 17, student at Johnson College Prep class of ‘19

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