Rise Up Community Center

Rise Up is a community center serving youth ages 12 to 18 and their families in Carroll County, Maryland.

Email: info@weareriseup.org

Phone: (410) 878 3104

Registered Charity: Together We Own It EIN: 81-0948522

© 2019 by Rise Up Community Center

Staff & Volunteers

The Executive Director and Founder of Together We Own It and currently a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools, Katie places an emphasis on driving change for underserved youth. Katie is a Carroll County native and has a strong commitment to her community.

Executive Director

Katie Kirby

"I volunteer because I want to be a reliable person in children's lives. I also want to show each child that they are capable of achieving anything they put their mind to, no matter what their circumstances are."

Board Member

Lindsay McManus

"Rise Up is a place that empowers youth and strengthens the community as a whole. That is exactly what I wanted to be apart of!"

Intern

Phoebe Cleaver

As the Executive Director of inPOWER Inc., Angel provides professional development in youth development, Restorative Practices and data compliance.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology and completed the Masters of Experimental Psychology program at Towson University.

Director of Development

Angel Hill

"When my children were young a neighbor stepped up with love in her heart and made sure my children had what they needed. That was 1983. Everything I give back is in her honor.  It is all of our jobs to make sure children are loved and protected. "

Community Outreach

Sondra Groft

"I wanted to volunteer because I understand what it means to be misunderstood and have feelings of being left behind. My sister also struggles with a rare disorder and in the process struggles with the social aspect. I want to help teach kids that they are wanted and thought of while teaching them the skills to become their own leaders."

Intern

Ryan Burkman

Past Volunteers

Phoebe Cleaver
Ryan Burkman
Rachael Strasburger
Emily Ruffa
Kasey Turner
Katie Wike
Rachel Mansir
Lawrence Smith
Tanaisia Jow
Kerly Martinez
Jessica Cohen
Kyle Brosenne
Lara Scialdo
Riley O'Hara
T'ana Williams
Nathan Miller
Guiliana Rossi
Kalyn Duley
Joe Aukward
Eugene Bosworth
Megan Kelly
Brenda Whitney

"I am currently studying criminal justice with a focus in Juvenile Justice. When I heard about Rise Up and their mission, I had to join the cause. It means so much to be able to help youth reach their goals and I am glad to be a part of the Rise Up community!"

Volunteer

Rachael Strasburger

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Volunteer

Rachel Mansir

"I started volunteering with this organization because I love kids and teaching children to learn different languages and cultures and express themselves through art like I do! I'm currently in college for Early Childhood Education in hopes of becoming a pre-school or high school English teacher."

Volunteer

Katie Wike

"I decided to volunteer at Rise Up Community Center because I believe every child deserves a chance no matter the circumstances. I want to show every child that they can accomplish their goals by applying some hard work. I truly want to make a difference in their lives."

Intern

Emily Ruffa

"I have seen the need for positive role models in our community. I wanted to help make a difference in a child's life. To show kids there are good people they can trust."

Volunteer

Kasey Turner

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Volunteer

Julie McNeil

"My favorite time being here was when we went to Hershey Park. The youth raised the money for the trip and seeing them enjoy themselves after putting in hard work was really nice. The youth are very enjoyable to be around and it is a great experience."

Intern

Sydney Leahy

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Volunteer

Lawrence Smith

"It is my desire to help youth achieve their dreams today and into the future where they feel confident and are successful in life. "

Volunteer

Brenda

"I volunteer because I love being able to help people. Youth are very important parts of society, they are the future. Guiding youth and being there for them to lean on brings me joy!"

Volunteer

Tanaisia Jow

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Volunteer

Kerly Martinez

"I volunteer because I want to help build strong, positive connections with youth. I believe that every youth should be given that chance to become a positive, successful member of society. I believe building strong bonds will help make an impact in the youth at Rise Up's lives."

Volunteer

Jessica Cohen

"I would like to be a positive role model in the lives of the children in the program, to better their lives."

High School Intern

Kyle Brosenne

Coming soon!

Volunteer

Anna Theisen

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McDaniel Intern

Riley

"I want to help kids and be a good role model. I have a rough past and I can relate to some of the kids so I would like to help them out in their future."

High School Intern

Lara Scialdo

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McDaniel Intern

Nathan

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McDaniel Intern

T'ana

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McDaniel Intern

Isaiah

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McDaniel Intern

Guiliana

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Volunteer

Joe

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McDaniel Intern

Kalyn

Coming Soon!

Volunteer

Eugene