Project RISEE

Project RiseeThe City of Charleston Police Department is excited to announce a new initiative for young men and women. Project RISEE (Responsible Inspiring Students Embracing Excellence) is a developmental program to challenge mindsets, change behavior, and create lasting relationships through education and service learning. 


The program is being developed and implemented through the City of Charleston Police Department and key community partnerships. These partnerships are with:

  • Addressing Basic Conflict
  • MUSC's EMPOWERR program
  • Polarity Thinking Models by Margaret Seidler
  • Turning Leaf Project

Learning Critical Concepts

The program will bring together 30 high school freshman beginning in January to learn critical concepts such as:

  • Cognitive Behavior Theory
  • Community Oriented Policing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Personal and Social Responsibility
  • Relational Thinking

 The concepts will be taught through classroom-based and hands-on initiatives on two afternoons and one Saturday each month between February and May. After completion of the nearly 60 hours of instruction, the participants will become Junior Camp Counselors and complete over 200 hours of community service with the Charleston Police Department through its six-week summer program, Camp Hope.

Positives of this Programs

According to Police Chief Gregory Mullen, this is an extension of our current successful youth-oriented programs. It offers the Department the opportunity to bring together like-minded community partners, police officers, and youth in a fun, learning environment that builds character, knowledge, understanding, and relationships. This program will also address positive decision making, critical thinking, community investment, and service in a way that we hope will encourage and inspire the participants to better understand their role and responsibilities as important community members.


View the Project RISEE Application (PDF).