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Teens from 7 different high schools came together during Fall 2018. The Business developed by the students is called Rise Collection. 

Rise Collection is the first e-commerce store in the Nation created to help stop violence through Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment. This store is run by teenagers from Chicago's most plighted communities. They decided to unite to become Entrepreneurs instead of becoming another statistic. By purchasing their designs you are supporting to help them meet their basic needs as well as pay for their educational and life goals.

Meet some of the students:

Amari Smith, 17

Marcus Taylor, 18

Marcus is from the South Side of Chicago, his favorite color is black and he loves fashion. After learning the ins and outs of owning an online

store and a t-shirt business Marcus is now creating his own line set to be released Summer 2020. 

In a world where social media and reality TV only shows the “fruits” of Entrepreneurship, we feel it is important to let our students know that it takes a lot of preparation and hard work to be successful. The students not only gain hands-on

real-world experience with Entrepreneurship, they also show great improvement with personal development, critical thinking, and soft skills.

Included in our 16-week


  • Branding 

  • Packaging

  • Fragrance Creation

  • Marketing and Distribution  

Personal Enrichment:

  • Financial Literacy 

  • Interview Skills

  • Resume Workshop 

  • Team Building 

  • Leadership

  • Public Speaking 

  • Professional Conduct (written communication and other behavior)

  • Do's and Dont's of Social Media

  • LinkedIN page