ARISE to Hold Critical Life Skills Instructor Certification Training in Sanford, FL

Sanford, FL, March 13, 2009 --( ARISE Life Skills Instructors learn how to conduct interactive group discussions and exciting activities with at-risk juvenile offenders, creating a mentoring relationship between juvenile justice staff and the young people in their care.

ARISE Foundation will conduct its powerful ARISE two-day Life Skills Instructor Certification Training March 12 and 13 at the Youth Services Prevention and Enforcement Center: 1151 E 28th St in Sanford. These intense workshops train those who work with at-risk and troubled youth how to conduct ARISE Life Skills lessons at their facilities.

The YSPE is part of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. The center is home to several different programs that assist and supervise juvenile offenders, including graffiti and gang prevention, community supervision and a court-ordered, labor-intensive community service program.

Through a grant provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, ARISE will train several members of the Sheriff’s Office to become ARISE Certified Life Skills Instructors. The training will allow these dedicated men and women to lead group discussions and activities, including social and leadership skills, with the youth and work with the ARISE curricula. The ARISE staff training and curricula lends structure to lessons and encourages creativity and conversation. The ARISE curricula contains valuable information on anger management, self esteem, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, communication and much more.

For over 20 years, ARISE has operated as a developer and publisher of Life Management Skills curricula and staff training programs. Designed to reach at-risk, incarcerated youth in detention centers and secure facilities, ARISE is also utilized as a powerful prevention tool for teenagers and young adults. ARISE programs consist of interactive group discussions and activities designed to break the ice quickly and get grab the attention of even the most reserved participants. ARISE is particularly appropriate for youth with special requirements such as limited reading and/or writing ability and behavioral problems.

In its home state of Florida, ARISE has been effectively utilized for decades in the Miami-Dade School system, and its programs have been changing the lives of juvenile offenders in the Florida Juvenile Justice system since 1996. Its dynamic programs are being taught in over 70 facilities across the state.

ARISE programs are also used in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and over 100 organizations in the District of Columbia, including Washington, D.C. public and charter schools, the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the Metropolitan Police, the District of Columbia jail and D.C. Superior Court Probation Department.

A recent study by Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland showed that the cost of one offender with at least six police contacts from childhood to age 32 costs $3,172,998. In other words, rescuing one child from a life of crime saves taxpayers more than $3 million dollars.

Since ARISE was established over two decades ago, it has trained and certified over 5,000 instructors who have taught over 4,000,000 documented hours of ARISE life skills lessons in Florida alone. ARISE is also being used in Canada, Jamaica, England, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The ARISE curricula is presently being translated into Kazakh, Russian, Urdu and Punjabi.

For more information, or to schedule a training, please call ARISE toll free: 1 (888) 680-6100 or visit

ARISE Foundation
Edmund Benson
(561) 630-2021