We are so thankful for Southwest's ongoing support and sponsorship of our organization’s HBCU Tours.


RISE 5280’s mission is to provide equitable opportunities to close educational attainment gaps and promote fiscal and social mobility for Black and Brown youth. 


RISE 5280 Empowering historically underrepresented youth in Colorado ...

through mentoring, academic support, community service, and exposure to opportunities that extend beyond the boundaries of their neighborhood to improve the professional and social trajectory of minority leaders.

We provide academic and social-emotional development programming!


RISE 5280 is best known for our HBCU Tours



So far have experienced the opportunity to tour the campuses of HBCU Universities.  Helping them setting their path for the future.


Offering minority youth a chance to visit HBCU campuses (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) with a group of peers.  


in 12 states!  Exposure to vital opportunities that extend beyond the boundaries of their neighborhood to tour HBCU campuses.




HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Before the Civil War, higher education for Black people was virtually non-existent.

Black people were denied admission to traditionally white institutions, which, as a result, gave birth to HBCUs. There are currently more than 100 HBCUs across the U.S., offering a wide range of programs and an all-inclusive community. Sign up on our mailing list to be notified of the next upcoming tour.


RISE 5280 is a Comprehensive Program that supports:

Ki Cross - CSU Pueblo

Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness

  • College Tours
  • Goal Setting
  • Career Exploration
  • Job Readiness
  • Financial Aid & FAFSA

Academic Support & Development

  • Weekly Tutoring & Scholarship Help
  • Progress monitoring
  • Rigorous course planning - Includes parent workshops
hbcu application meeting

Social-Emotional Development & Life Skills

  • Financial Literacy
  • Health, Wellness, and Nutrition
  • Mentoring*
  • Community Service

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank our sponsors & partners.
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