Project Rise

Project Rise

What is Project RISE?

The Choctaw Nation is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Education and local school districts to support Project RISE (Renew Indigenous Strength with Empowerment). Project RISE is a grant funded college and career readiness program that utilizes student and parent input, community partnerships and data to connect Native American students with opportunities after high school graduation.

Currently, Project RISE is available in three school districts within the Choctaw Nation: Talihina, Hartshorne and Wright City. These districts were carefully chosen based on student success rates, the percentage of students who sought post-secondary education and their eligibility for SSRA (Small Rural School Achievement) and RLIS (Rural and Low-Income School) listings.

Ultimately, the purpose of Project RISE is to help increase graduation rates and put Native American students on a path to further their educational and career-based success in the future.

Data collected throughout the five-year life of the grant will be analyzed by both a third-party evaluator and the Choctaw Nation Career Development Department to ensure compliance, growth and fiscal responsibility.

Why Should I Join Project RISE?

Through Project RISE, participants will have a broader array of choices in educational services, college and career exploration and Native enrichment programs.

Parents and students will have the opportunity to weigh in on which of several available programs will be implemented. These options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • College Advisement
  • Career Training
  • STEM Awareness
  • Concurrent Enrollment Assistance

What activities are available through Project RISE?

Not only does Project RISE allow for more choice in educational services, but students will have the opportunity to participate in activities designed to help them transition successfully from high school to higher education. Just a few of these activities are:

  • Native American Centered Summer Camps
  • Corresponding Educational Field Trips
  • ACT Prep Workshops
  • Online Tutoring
  • Virtual Job Shadowing

Students will even have the opportunity to check out a laptop to take home for online activities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Member of a Federally recognized tribe
  • Enrolled middle or high school
  • Enrolled in the district of Wright City, Talihina or Hartshorne

For more information on Project RISE, contact:

If your child is enrolled in middle school or high school at Hartshorne, Talihina, or Wright City please click below to complete the Parent Choice Survey to apply to Project RISE.

Parent Choice Survey

The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.