Rise Up for Students is a blog about equity and education in Seattle and across Washington State, founded by Matt Halvorson in 2016 to advocate for a better life for all kids and to shed some light on issues of racial and social injustice.

Rise Up for Students continues to focus on personal storytelling as a powerful tool to change the inequity in our schools, and as the Rise Up project evolves, we remain committed to fighting systemic oppression in all its interconnected forms. Education is a branch on the tree of inequity.

Along those lines, we’re very excited to announce that in January we’ll launch the inaugural cohort of the Rise Up Fellowship, an 18-month fellowship for high school students. More details to come.

In the meantime, Rise Up for Students is growing. We are looking for current (middle school or above) or recent students who would be interested in telling stories through a personal lens to create change. Whether through writing or other digital media (like photo/videos, podcasting, music, etc.), we will support you in sharing your experiences as a student and as an activist, and help to amplify your voice in the conversations that are important to you. Use your art to give a window into what it means to be yourself here and now, and you will change the world. And you might get paid for it, too. Let’s talk.

We are always looking to learn from people who are fighting in their own ways for better schools and a better world. We hope this blog can be some small part of the solution. Please be in touch if you have any comments, concerns or questions to add to the conversation:

Email: matt.a.halvorson@gmail.com
Twitter: @HalvyHalvorson

You can also find Rise Up For Students on Facebook, on Twitter @RiseUpKids, and on Instagram @RiseUpForStudents.

We acknowledge that we live on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe.