Rise Together exists to ignite a youth-led movement that is helping to save lives by encouraging students to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about: breaking the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs, and alcohol. Rise Together aims to EDUCATE, ENGAGE and EMPOWER youth primarily through storytelling. Its solution is to provide communities with HIGH-QUALITY educational content, programs, workshops, and training that help build strong advocates and leaders.
How Connection Can Change Everything
Envisioning a prosperous future is exciting, but when the going gets tough, many communities struggle to deliver the resources necessary to engage and provide support when needed most; leaving people behind to fall through the cracks. Today so many are struggling with increased stress, mental health, addiction, and the ripple impact of trauma in their lives. It is crucial that communities work together to build connections to engage young people and their families today.Read More
Understanding the Teenage Drug Epidemic within Urban & Rural Communities
Misuse and overuse of illicit and non-illicit drugs amongst adolescents has increased. The purpose of this review is to summarize some of the major differences that likely contribute to teenage substance misuse and disorders within urban and rural communities. In addition, we will review urban preventative approaches. Finally, we will highlight a novel approach of peer leadership through Rise Together, and how this approach may be uniquely positioned to address substance misuse and disorders amongst rural adolescents.
Anthony Alvarado is on a mission to rid the world of hopelessness by encouraging others to discover who they are and empower them to strive towards their full potential.
In his inspiring and interactive style, he challenges audiences to identify their strengths and let go of the storylines that are holding them back from living a life filled with purpose.
Often seen as a disruptor, Anthony is one of the most sought-after speakers today. Since fall of 2013, he has traveled over 300,000 miles, taken the stage more than 350 times, and spoken to 160,000+ people in a variety of settings He started with one goal: to help save lives. By 33, Anthony has already been identified by FORBES as a movement builder and featured for his work to inspire hope. Work also starred in HuffPost, USA Today, NPR, PBS, NBC, ABC, CW14, FOX, and more.
As a speaker, Anthony speaks to audiences from all parts of the community and has worked with state and local organizations including public schools, businesses, prevention coalitions, police departments, hospital associations, foundations, including such groups as SAMHSA, ONDCP, NSC, NAADAC, ATTC, HHS, DCF, DOE, and DPH. Anthony has been given the honorable Exemplary Service award from The Outagamie County Pre-Action Network and recognized as a warrior for others.
Nadine Machkovech is a certified recovery coach and person in long-term recovery. As an educator on addiction and mental health, she looks to positively disrupt the current landscape for adolescents, especially young women, across the country. She is dedicated to building a life centered around self-care, service, and reconnecting others to their greater purpose in life. It is through her unique style of storytelling, Machkovech leaves her audience feeling inspired and motivated; reminding them that they have the choice to utilize their power to help change their world and the world around them.
Machkovech has graced the TEDx stage, been featured in Forbes, and is often aspired after for her dynamic peer leadership skills. She has created measurable social change while educating students, teachers, professionals, and peers on topics of substance use and misuse, mental health awareness, leadership, and the development of life skills.
She is also the Chief of Operations of RISE TOGETHER, a grassroots non-profit organization that exists to ignite a youth-led movement that is saving lives. Their solution is to provide communities with high-quality educational content, programs, workshops, and training that help build strong advocates and leaders. Since September of 2013, RISE TOGETHER has educated nearly 150,000 young adults and adolescents on addiction and mental health and their life-saving work has been recognized by the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy.Read More
Machkovech has found her purpose in an ever-growing platform for good. She carries this responsibility with a great amount of passion and purpose in hopes that these efforts will help to not only develop peer leaders but also help others towards the achievement of their future vision and life-long goals.