ARISE

ARISE (Alumni Resurgence Inspiring Service and Engagement) supports Camp Rising Sun alumni participating in projects that aim to positively impact local communities and the world. Grants are available for alumni engaged in service-oriented humanitarian projects (e.g., peace, justice, environment, human rights, etc.).   Thanks to the vision of CRS alumnus Dr. Frank Ochberg '55, ‘56 ARISE is currently funded by a grant from the Dart Foundation. 

The goals of ARISE are to:

  • Promote well-being of individuals and communities;
  • Enhance the ability of alumni to be of service;
  • Foster alumni appreciation of both diversity and common humanity;
  • Develop alumni capacity for sensitive and responsible leadership;
  • Encourage alumni collaboration.

Grant Guidelines

CRS alumni are invited to submit applications for financial and program support to participate in humanitarian service projects. ARISE seeks to promote human dignity and well-being by funding, in part or in full, projects that have a positive impact on the condition of human rights, education, public health, and the environment in the local communities of alumni or in regions throughout the world. ARISE also focuses on developing the skills and experiences of alumni by providing them with the opportunity to take part in such projects.

  • All LAJF alumni, including student participants and staff-members are eligible, with the exception of members of the ARISE Team and the Board of Directors.
  • The program holds as its highest priority the inspiration, motivation, and personal growth of alumni.
  • ARISE will give preference to applicants who have not yet received funding through this program.
  • Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for up to $US 5,000.
  • While ARISE funding may be available for projects where applicants travel abroad, ARISE will typically require grant recipients to fund their own travel. 
  • ARISE does not fund conferences or tuition for educational programs.
  • ARISE does not fund projects that serve exclusively religious or political agendas.
  • Preference will be given to projects that last one month or longer.

The following are examples of the types of projects that fall within ARISE's guidelines, although this list is by no means complete.

  • A project created by you to address a specific need in your local community. (e.g., establishing a rape crisis center in your community or launching an educational program in schools to help combat discrimination against Arab-Americans)
  • A service-oriented project that you are working on as an extension of your full-time job. (e.g., providing pro bono legal service to victims of domestic violence or providing grant-writing services to an organization devoted to cleaning up the Hudson River)
  • A collective effort of alumni to engage in humanitarian service. (e.g., creating a documentary about a social or environmental issue faced by a CRS alum in their community or developing a campaign to engage CRS alumni in preserving the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge)

The ARISE committee accepts applications for consideration on a rolling basis. 

To download an application form, click here. Submit by email to alumni@lajf.org.  

Program support

ARISE is currently developing the following program support services both to grantees and to alumni generally interested in humanitarian service.

  • Hosting and Travel Network: ARISE will assist grantees in connecting to alumni in the communities where they will be engaging in their service projects. Alumni may be asked to serve as hosts for ARISE grantees and also to provide informational, program and moral support for grantees' projects.

  • Mentoring & Sharing Expertise: ARISE makes connections between alumni who have strong experience working in areas related to humanitarian service with alumni who are new to the field. Furthermore, we can connect together alumni who are interested in working on the same issue areas or humanitarian organizations.

Previous Grantees

Partial list of grants awarded by ARISE to CRS alumni:

  • Six CRS alumni participated in a Global Youth Connect-led human rights delegation in support of Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal. The delegation met with key community leaders, participated in training workshops, and held internships with local human rights and community groups.
  • Kunal Amrute '98 participated in a ten-week internship on sustainable living skills with the Aprovecho Research Center in Oregon, USA. The Aprovecho Research Center provides a basis for scientific research on appropriate technologies and techniques for simple and cooperative living, and to serve an educational role in disseminating information on such technologies and techniques.
  • Adam Burgoyne '98 participated in a summer internship with CEDRO, a micro-lending project that seeks to improve entrepreneurial opportunities for poor people in Peru.
  • Lauren Curatolo '99-00 and Zen Glasser '99-00 worked with Mahavya and Aalochana in an orphanage housing children of prostitutes and conducted interviews and research on child exploitation in India. Developing a documentary about the experience entitled "Breaking the Cycle," Mahavya provides services for former prostitutes suffering from AIDS and their children. Aalochana is a research and documentation center focusing on women's issues.
  • Holly Harris '01, '03, '04 and Jose Saenz '01, '02, Co-founders of “The Bana Project” which is committed to adopting orphanages throughout the world and sustaining their needs through Education, Volunteerism, and Resources. The needs of the orphans are met through local volunteers who are experts in these areas.  From December 2005 through December 2006, the Bana Project engaged a large number of CRS alumni in South Africa to participate in providing service and support in the community of Atteridgeville . The team designed a specific program for each area to be implemented into two orphanages in Atteridgeville and plan to use the Bana Project as a model for further projects in years to come. 
  • Ochas Pupwe, Jr. '95 designed and implemented an AIDS testing, counseling, and education program for prisoners in Zambia.
  • Anne Louise Winslov '91, 99 & 02C worked as part of the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) administration and contributed to the shaping of policy recommendations with the area of development. She assisted in the writing of the Human Development Report. UNDP provides funds; helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively; and promotes South-South cooperation. It seeks to address the many causes of poverty and to promote development, including through the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.