In the 1990’s Debbie MuCullough and Cathy Tofstad kindled a passion for their desire to make a difference in the lives of the children in their community. In 2002 this passion led to the creation of the nonprofit organization On-The-Rise.
Since 2002, On-The-Rise has served at risk youth throughout Clark County, who have displayed deficiencies in life and social skills, have had academic difficulties, and have displayed behavioral issues. The multi-sensory programs offered at On-The-Rise facilitate extended learning opportunities allowing youth to gain life skills, social skills, and employment skills with the collaboration of many of Springfield’s resources. These programs promote responsibility, compassion, work ethic, and positive self image; but most of all, they give students a chance to succeed.