About Project RISE

Project RISE, (Resilience, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Employment) is a transition program, focusing on providing blind and low vision students with the skills necessary to become competitively employed. These skills will be useful whether the students attend an institution of higher education, a vocational school, or enter the job market directly after high school.

Project RISE combines the knowledge of successful blind professionals, the positive philosophy of the NFB, and a strong curriculum to give blind students, between the ages of 14-21, the skills and confidence they need to be successful. This program changes the future of blind students across our state. Project RISE conducts a 10-month program in Northern Virginia and a quarterly program for qualified statewide students.

Throughout the program, Northern Virginia students meet one Saturday a month for five hours, participating in workshops designed to make them more competitive in the job market. Some topic areas include: travel and transportation, wellness and fitness, cultural excursions, independent daily living skills, communication and interview techniques, and dressing appropriately for job settings. Throughout Project RISE, students have access to successful blind mentors. Finally, students receive some kind of work experience during the summer months.

For Further Information


Brianna Murray, Coordinator
Phone: (843) 860-7625
Email: rise@nfbv.org