Gwen is the Program Coordinator for CLASS. Gwen is a native Wichitan who graduated from Wichita High School North. She attended college at Wichita State University, California State University Dominguez Hills and Southwestern College. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education and Liberal Studies. As an educator, Gwen has over 30 years of experience working with young people in various capacities. She is humbled and excited to join the Rise Up For Youth team because she is passionate about mentoring, encouraging and expanding opportunity to ALL students, but especially those who have been challenged by life's circumstances.
Kareem is the Program Coordinator for Brotherhood (Do You Want To Live Or Die?). He joined the Rise Up For Youth team January 2016. He brings over 13-years of experience working with youth; including careers at the Urban League of Kansas, Child Start, Inc., Judge Riddle Boys Ranch, and education practicums in the Prince Georges County school district. He is a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Wichita State University. Kareem's responsibilities include program developer and coordinator for Rise Up For Youth mentoring program Do You Want To Live Or Die. He serves as a student adviser, data analyst and program facilitator. He is also serves as the Post-Secondary college and university tour coordinator and leads the annual Rise Up For Youth Spring Break College Tour. He believes all young people have a purpose, they just may need a little help finding it.