Nearly 1 in 6 Nashville residents live in poverty, amidst the lowest minimum wage in the country. Even people working full time can't rise above the poverty line.
We create an environment for self-sufficiency by connecting unemployed and underemployed individuals with training, education and mentorships that results in the ability to earn a living wage starting at $14 or more per hour.
UpRise is a career development program for Nashville adults who are ready to start a new educational path and improve their financial condition. Are you ready to build a foundation for a thriving vocation?
One job at a time.
"This is an emotionally safe, no-judgment environment where everyone is connected and you can learn together."
--THOMASINA, UpRise Nashville Class of 2017
Work. Change. Together.
We are on a mission. A mission to abolish poverty through the power of redemptive relationships and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Recruitment and Selection
Get started by submitting an interest form for UpRise.
Information Sessions A mandatory, detailed presentation of our program. We will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have, and fill out an application. (Submit an interest form, and we will call or email you regarding our upcoming dates)
Learn professional and personal skills at a six-week training camp, four days a week from 9am to 3pm. You are paid to attend!
Power of Relationship
Get matched with your own mentor, or "Ally," to walk with you through this journey and beyond. An Ally is a friend, motivator, and accountability partner who will encourage you at every step in the process.
Job Skill Development
Receive full funding for training in a growing professional industry to provide the educational foundation for a meaningful career.
Work with our career placement staff to get a job where you can earn $14 an hour or more with upward mobility. We collaborate with community partners and local businesses to connect you with opportunities.
Our program is not easy, but you are never alone. You will be surrounded by committed program staff, like minded peers, and an Ally from the community to mentor and support you throughout the journey.
A strong foundation
Join Our Program
Must be 18 or older
Have a high school diploma or be a GED / HSE (High School Equivalancy) recipient
Eligible to work in the U.S.
Available to meet Monday through Friday during the day.
How To Apply
Submit an interest form by clicking on the Interest Form below.
We will call or email you about attending a upcoming information session.
Help us change the lives of our neighbors in Nashville as they journey from material poverty to self-sufficiency and achieve their dreams.
UpRise is a ministry of West End Community Church. Click the Donate Now button and be sure that UpRise is selected from the drop-down menu to make your tax-deductible gift.
Meet Our Graduates
It is with honor and gratitude that we introduce you to the Inaugural Class of UpRise Nashville. Join us in celebrating these amazing Leaders for their courage, their commitment and their careers!