Rising Stars founder Paul Savramis recently announced the addition of the Ted Virtue 2013 Student Sponsor Program which will help students graduate from high school. Ted Virtue CEO Mid Ocean Partners and Rising Stars 2012 Man of The Year is an advocate of children’s right to equal opportunities of success.
Since 1996, Rising Stars has helped under-served youth from New York City graduate. The foundation has provided youngsters with the necessary life skills to succeed both on and off the court. Rising Stars utilizes basketball and the power of teams to promote education and to provide children with the tools to be great citizens.
An essential component of this commitment is to help subsidize the cost of private education for at-risk children. Private education for at-risk children has proven to help them graduate high school and to prepare for their continued education at the collegiate level, says Paul Savramis.
By enrolling elementary children in Rising Stars programs, the foundation is able to identify the need of kids at-risk for a private education. According to Paul Savramis, the children are carefully matched with a private school that best fills their individual need and the one that can make a meaningful impact on their lives. The organization currently partners with several NYC private schools. These include Holy Cross High School St Francis Prep and Archbishop Molloy in Queens and Long Island Lutheran, Holy Trinity and St John the Baptist on Long Island.
In the graduating classes of 2011 and 2012, 100% of Rising Stars seniors have graduated and matriculated on to college, compared to less than 50% of New York City’s public high schools.
The 2013 Ted Virtue Student Sponsor Program will provide the much needed funds, and all students in the program will have to participate in Rising Stars throughout high school. According to Paul Savramis, each student will be paired with both a sponsor who provides financial support and a mentor who offers one-on-one mentoring. These programs will reinforce the values in life children need to learn to make the correct decisions and avoid the pitfalls throughout their formative years.
Paul Savramis established Rising Stars in 1996 to help youths develop life skills through playing basketball. Rising Stars offers clinics and classes year-round, from one-on-one instruction to small groups or teams.