Rise Collection

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

Amari is a brilliant young man who is determined to make a difference in the world. After having to fight for his life for over a month after he was born, Amari continues to never give up on his dreams and hopes to inspire others to never give up!

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 

  • T-shrit Concept & Creation

  • Setting Up An E-Commerce Site

  • 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  

Thank You to Our Partners and Sponsors:

2008-2020 As One We Can Foundation DBA THE BLACK ECOSYSTEM. P: 312-598-2822 | E: info@blackecosystem.org. All Rights Reserved.

All proceeds support our programs that assist low-income communities. We are a self-sustainable organization that funds our expenses with proceeds from product sales. Your support is greatly appreciated. 


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