Our Program

RISE HIGH is a program for Schenectady City youth where participants learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and other skills to success, in a fun and nurturing environment. Students are exposed to a wide variety of careers in technology. Through hands-on experiential learning we promote problem-solving and critical thinking, while exercising their creativity and providing the support to help them reach their goals.

OUR MISSION Provide sustained exposure to diverse enrichment learning opportunities in STEM to under-resourced youth in our community via comprehensive approaches that address and overcome barriers to academic, personal, and wellness development.

Benefits of Rise High


Rise High’s components:

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When are the upcoming sessions?

Spring 2018: Inaugural 6th grade cohort

Fall 2018: 7th graders (previous 6th grade cohort)

Spring 2019: New 6th grade cohort and 7th grade cohort

Subsequent grade levels will added every Spring semester, up through 12th grade.

Are all grades together?

Programming is tailored for each independent grade, with some shared sessions. Each cohort (grade) will have 16-20 participants.

Who can apply?

  • Student from Schenectady City school
  • Have an interest or curiosity in STEM subjects
  • Have limited access to financial, social, mentorship, enrichment opportunities, or academic/professional support resources.

What is the cost to participate in the program?

The program is free of charge for the students and their families.

How do I apply?

Download application HERE or ask the counselor at your school.

  • Fill out the application
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation. At least 1 letter should be from a school teacher (science/math preferred). Both letters can be from teachers. Other adults that can recommend (maximum 1) include community program leaders, or close family friend.
  • Email application and letters of recommendation to Apply@rise-high.org or mail to P. O. Box 4213, Clifton Park, NY 12065
  • Once reviewed, if contacted, attend a personal interview to get to know you better!
  • If selected, attend student/legal guardian orientation to make sure that we are all on board, and proper signatures are collected to start the fun and learning!

Do I have to reapply every year?

Once you are in the program, and if in good standing, you are automatically enrolled for the following semester/year. We want to see you again for years to come! A new 6th grade cohort will be added every year in the Spring semester. For higher grades, ongoing recruitment will take place based on availability.

Where and when do Rise High sessions take place?

The main hosting locations are Schenectady County Community College and Clarkson University Capital Region Campus. Field trips will also take place to other locations of interest.

Saturdays, academic year: 9:30am-12:30 pm*

Spring 2018*

January 20th, 27th

February 3rd, 10th, 17th

March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

May 5th

Fall 2018*

September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

October 13th, 20th, 27th

November 3rd, 17th

December 1st

* Subject to change.

How do I get to these places?

Transportation is provided, free of charge. Pick up and drop off routes are available at different convenient Schenectady City locations.

Will I have access to food vendors?

Morning snacks and lunch will be provided by Rise High, free of charge.

Apply Now!

Download the program application and follow the instructions to apply.

Our Partners

Clarkson University Capital Region Campus, Institute for STEM Education.



Address: 80 Nott Terrace Schenectady, NY 12308

SUNY Schenectady County Community College


Address: 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305

Rensselaer Institute of Technology, RPI Engineering Ambassadors


RPI Engineering Ambassadors

Address: 110 Eighth St, Troy, NY 12180