I’RAISE was founded by Shanequa E. Moore in 2012 and was incorporated in 2013, in 2014, I’RAISE became a Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Organization in the State of New York. I’RAISE originated as a mentoring program in the North Bronx, serving 40 female at-risk youth who resided in New York City Authority Housing; providing an intensive group based and individualized mentoring program. Youth were also engaged in community organizing events with local leaders, advocating for community issues. As the demand for our programs and services spread to other regions of the Bronx, the organization evolved into the now, IRAISE Girls & Boys International Corporation providing multi-youth services to multiple low-income communities.
I’RAISE, since its inception has more than tripled in growth; from 40 youth to presently serving approximately 1,000 youth annually. In the last fiscal year 2019, I’RAISE had many successes including the expanding of services into New York City Public Schools in 2013, launching comprehensive mental health in schools’ program in NYC public schools. I’RAISE also expanded its Arts program from locations in community centers to school-based art programs. This Fall, I’RAISE will be launching its first early childhood program this in Staten Island, NY serving children as young as 2.9 years in New York City authority housing. I’RAISE has been able to provide services to more than 7,500 children and families since its inception, expanding its services in new schools and communities including south Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.