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Edmund Benson, Co-Founder of the Arise Foundation, Celebrates His 79th Birthday by Contributing Over 100 Life Management Books to the International Nonprofit Community

Once labeled a troublemaker and at-risk kid himself, Edmund Benson started the ARISE Foundation in 1986 to teach life skills to youth in the juvenile justice system. Benson is now celebrating his 79th birthday by giving over 100 important books to the international nonprofit community by allowing them to be translated and used under a creative commons license free of charge.

North Palm Beach, FL, August 24, 2008 --( Edmund Benson, former at-risk kid and founder of the ARISE Foundation, is celebrating his birthday by giving a gift to the international nonprofit community: the creative licenses of all of the 100 ARISE Life Skills Training materials. Benson will allow the materials translated free of charge into any language except for Spanish, for use in life skills training programs around the world.

Benson and his wife Susan created the nonprofit ARISE Foundation in 1986. The Foundation has since trained and certified over 5,000 instructors who have taught over 3.5 million hours of ARISE Life Skills lessons in Florida alone. ARISE programs are also used in Canada, Jamaica, England, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bosnia, Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

ARISE Life Skills Lessons are designed to engage at-risk populations with interactive, entertaining, easy-to-understand lessons about important topics such as anger management, self esteem, peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention, networking, interviewing and keeping a job, domestic abuse, etiquette and manners, conflict resolution, bullying and violence, health and hygiene, stress management, stranger and Internet safety and much more.

The ARISE lessons work because they inspire conversation, involvement and creativity. The ARISE life skills lessons are not sequential. Each stands on its own, making them ideal for transient populations. Everyone starts fresh with each new learning experience.

ARISE is used in public, alternative and charter schools, juvenile justice facilities, residential treatment centers, faith-based organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s After School All-Stars program and organizations that educate orphans and other troubled youth around the world. The programs work especially well for kids, teens and adults with limited reading and writing capabilities.

ARISE recently started a remarkable new staff training workshop, called CHOICES: Drop It At The Door, aimed at stopping the “boomerang” effect of employees bringing stress and anger home from work and vice versa. The CHOICES training emphasizes employee retention through stress reduction techniques and anger management. Participants learn how to cope with the pressures of everyday life: rising gas prices and housing costs, traffic and stress at home. The workshop’s training and resource manual teaches learners that the choice is theirs: stay angry and let stress and unhappiness infect every aspect of their lives, or chose a healthier path.

An organization interested in the free creative licensing program can call ARISE at (888) 680 – 6100 or visit the ARISE website at to download the creative license kit and get more information.

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ARISE Foundation
Amy Doucette
(561) 630-2021
Edmund Benson

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