Our Mission Statement

RISE is a student group committed to fostering a healthy, substance-free Region 7 school through education, advocacy, and outreach.  RISE aims to provide a safe, positive environment in which students are able to learn about mental health and substance addiction and develop the leadership skills necessary to build a mentally and physically well community.

Rise above.

Make good choices.

Empower the next generation.

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The next generation is ready to foster positive change. RISE arms you with the tools to rise above and inspire yourself and others to make healthy choices which will set you up for success in the long run. Use your voice to make a difference within your school!

Upcoming Events

WELLNESS NIGHT – Friday, April 5th, 4-6 pm at the Winsted YMCA 

RISE Wellness Night 

RISE held a Wellness Night at the Winsted YMCA on Friday, April 5th.  Students and community members came out to relax, socialize, and learn strategies to maintain and promote mental health.  Mrs. Jen Gilley gave a yoga demonstration to participants, who also colored, took photos at the photo booth, and enjoyed dinner and refreshments.  All attendees took home their projects and information about strategies to de-stress and prioritize mental health. It was a successful and fun night for all! 

NWR7 Youth Advocate

Jill Keegan, a 17-year-old senior at NWR7, is the Northwest Hills Prevention Connection Youth Advocate for the Region 7 school community.  She believes that raising awareness about mental health issues and substance addiction is a critical step in building healthy communities. In her free time, Jill enjoys singing, playing piano and tennis, and spending time with her family and friends.  She hopes to eventually pursue a career in biology.