About Us

“To Provide Essential Skills and a Network of Support for All People, of All Ages”




“To Provide Essential Skills and a Network of Support for all people, of all ages.”


Rise Up strives to aid in the development of a strong, empowered youth capable of taking on life’s challenges by overcoming their past, living with purpose in their present, and working to a future filled with hope and a love for self.  We will provide long-term care for our program participants, giving them a network of support and the understanding that they are not alone; that they are loved and capable of creating the life and future of their dreams. 

We, likewise, aim to support adults who want to journey down the path of self-discovery, self-improvement and unconditional self-love.  

Our Story

This starts as a “my story” and quickly evolves into a story about the amazing people who have made this idea become a reality.

Believe it or not, Nacho Libre was the inspiration for starting all of this.

Go ahead and laugh, we know it’s funny.  I still can’t tell people without laughing.  

When I watched it for the first time I knew, with all my heart and soul, that this is what I was meant to do with my life.  (Not be a chubby luchadora or a bad cook or pine away for a nun, but help people have a better life, a better education and give them the opportunity for a future filled with possibilities.) I realize I am probably the only person who got a deep, life-altering message from this movie,  but I did. I was inspired.  I was Maria Libre and I was going to do my part to change the world.

The path we took getting to the development of Rise Up was filled with pitfalls and crazy stories.  I won’t bore you with those details.  What matters is that we made it to this point.  With a team of amazing visionaries and dedicated professionals, Rise Up is hitting the streets.  And the schools.  And the interwebs.  And hopefully your home.  It is an amazing, well-rounded program that can change your life if you let it.  You just have to choose it.  You have to actively choose a better life, a happier life, where you love yourself and the world by extension.  Because we are all connected.  We are all one world.  How amazing would it be if we all started acting like it?

Changing the world can be done in a million ways, but it always begins by changing ourselves.

Rise up with us and change the world.  Begin with you.

-Maria “Libre” Simpson