We All Rise: African American Resource Center Inc. is a non-profit organization in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We are a culturally specific, holistic healing agency that exists to serve the most marginalized population in Wisconsin, the African American community. We provide trauma-sensitive domestic violence and sexual assault-specific services, including mental health, daily crisis and intake services, and our 24-hour crisis line. Our mental health services include both 1:1 therapy and group sessions for survivors. We are able to offer therapy services to individuals (adolescents, teens, and adults), couples, and families. Clients come in with any needs. We will partner with them to find solutions and work toward healing (housing, transportation, court, and legal accompaniment, job searching and skills, safety, education, clothing, advocacy, etc.
We All Rise: African American Resource Center’s history started in 2017 when our current Executive Director, Robin Scott, learned that less than one percent of African American youth in our Greater Green Bay Public School system participated in any after-school activities district-wide. She began designing a curriculum, understanding a unique need to increase protective factors around our black youth/families between the school and community. This led her to create and work to implement a primary prevention-focused youth initiative that included a safe and unapologetic space where black youth could learn their history, increase their self-advocacy, and become more positive participants in healthy relationships. This became our first official funded program, called the Black Youth Alliance-WI (BYA-WI), and has contributed to our first experiences in providing services to survivors and their children because, as we expected, primary prevention efforts always require a need to provide secondary and tertiary prevention services as well. After securing funding (from End Abuse WI) for BYA-WI and running her 28-week curriculum, it became even more evident that to support the youth fully, we needed to secure additional funding to support the family unit as a whole. It was at this time that We All Rise AARC began to seek additional funding support to continue providing secondary and tertiary prevention services since this type of support was beyond the scope of the sole primary prevention grant we had. We understand secondary prevention includes the immediate responses after intimate partner violence or sexual violence has occurred that deal with the short-term consequences of the experienced type(s) of violence. We understand tertiary prevention to include long-term response after intimate partner violence, or sexual violence has occurred that deals with the lasting consequences of violence. The goal in 2017 was to establish and grow into an organization with funding support for all three types of prevention: primary, secondary, and tertiary.
We All Rise AARC was born into existence shortly after. We secured our nonprofit status in 2018 and opened our brick-and-mortar resource center in 2019 after receiving funding from DOJ VOCA (Department of Justice - Victim of Crimes Act). Since opening our doors in 2019, we have served over 1,800 survivors (adolescents, young people, adults, and elders), families, and over 350 young people engaged in youth-specific services. Since then, we have added sexual assault-specific services through VAWA SASP (Violence Against Women Act - Sexual Assault Specific Program), domestic violence services through DCF (Department of Children and Families) Domestic Abuse Program Underrepresented, and expanded our youth programming in collaboration with Basic Needs Giving Partnership, and other state, local, and foundation grants across our agency.
For more about our agency or the latest reports, please visit the below quick links:
- Latest Quarterly Breakdown - Report includes a detailed breakdown of both the clientele served and the services provided.
- Current Support Groups - Link includes a live feed of the current support groups being offered at our agency.
- 2022 Second Quarter Breakdown - Report includes a detailed account of services provided in April, May and June of 2022.
- 2021 Sexual Assault Services Breakdown - Report details services specific to sexual assault survivors throughout 2021.
- 2021 Year-End Report - Report includes a comprehensive overview of services provided, including client case histories.