Raising African American Awareness in a School and Social Environment (R.A.I.S.E.) sponsored by the Queen City Foundation, R.A.I.S.E., was founded during the 1989-90 school year by students from several independent schools in the Greater Cincinnati Area. The group emerged from among students from Cincinnati Country Day School, Saint Ursula Academy, Saint Xavier High School, The Seven Hills School, The Summit Country Day School, and Ursuline Academy, who identified needs that were lacking, specific to sensitivity, and support for African American students. The purpose of R.A.I.S.E. is to develop and promote programs and activities that further communication, socialization, and academic achievement among the students. Its mission is to effect the positive growth and exposure in participating schools regarding African American issues, cultural awareness, student retention, and counseling. The group utilizes a curriculum that encompasses the African and African American history and culture.