In 2006, Rising Minds became an official non-profit organization that works to empower locally committed, globally active leaders through the integration of education, awareness, and action.
Rising Minds works with local initiatives to address community-identified needs and builds strong relationships based on mutual respect and exchange. Our programs provide hand-ups as opposed to hand-outs to ensure accountability, not perpetuate dependency and always implement locally-appropriate and replicable solutions.
Following five years of successful international partnerships and sustainable community development in Jocotenango, Guatemala, Rising Minds moved its operations to Lake Atitlan, where many pockets of indigenous communities exist.
Rising Minds’ mission is to bridge cultural, economic and developmental gaps through the integration of education, awareness, and action. We aim to inspire locally committed and globally active leaders through personalizing complex global issues, empowering proactive change-makers, and facilitating contextualized educational outreach.
Rising Minds is on a mission to continue working with communities to develop and expand program initiatives, increase program sustainability and increase our number of full time Community Health Workers. Financial resources and volunteers are crucial to our functions, so please continue scrolling to learn more about our programs and how you can donate or support our organization.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, making a gift through our gift catalog, or sponsoring our partners so that we may continue to carry out our work in Guatemala and abroad.
Rising Minds offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and projects that empowers and encourages participants to learn more about the people of Guatemala and assist in the furtherance of our programming.
Rising Minds is constantly striving to add new valuable members to our team. Learn more about our open director positions and international or remote internships. We hope to find passionate, culturally aware people to join our family.
I think that RME and their volunteers are contributing to the local community in a really positive way, which is unique for Western development agencies, which often do more long-term harm than short-term good. RME has been able to avoid this pitfall by 'giving hand ups not hand outs.'Lucy Kane Macalester Student
Rising Minds is such a unique organization because they work with the community, not for the community. It was great to feel like I participating in a form of sustainable development that was truly sustainable...For me, it was a great opportunity to see sustainable project initiatives really come to life.Gabrielle Queenan, Macalester Student
It makes me feel good to be a part of something that is truly making a difference.Micaela, San Juan, Guatemala
This experience has been one of the most challenging yet most rewarding in my life. Working with children who know close to no English and I had just met, I learned so much about how much these kids value learning and of their eagerness to try new things... Through this experience, it is clear the children flourish most when given attention and are given creative activities to allow them to utilize their different skill sets.Ina, Rising Minds Volunteer