- "I avoid the word "give up" because I know that I will make it with Project RISE staff. I love Project RISE because it makes me feel that I am not alone and someone is there for me when I need it."
- Irene Ortega
- "As a member of Project RISE for a little over two years now, I have become aware of who I really am. Opportunities through workshops (cultural competency, vision board, team building), culture events (Starved Rock, Gamma Phi Circus, Springfield Day Trip) and meeting with my peer mentor weekly has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and even become a peer mentor myself. Becoming active and building relationships with others in the program has enabled me to focus on a future that is bright. Project RISE has been the foundation to my success and has made college a worthwhile journey thus far."
- Emily Fienhold