The Rise Above Conference
Welcome and thank you for attending the PHILLY GEAR UP Risa Above Virtual Conference hosted by CoolSpeak.

This will be an opportunity for our PHILLY GEAR UP Scholars from across the city to reconnect, support, and encourage each other during these trying times. Utilizing a mix of virtual platforms, we will come together for an unforgettable, empowering, and enlightening experience that will prepare our PHILLY GEAR UP scholars to excel in their schools, on their campuses, and in our communities.


Welcome & Get Ready!

Hosted By: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Carlos Ojeda Jr. | CoolSpeak
Keynote: Chris Collins
Chris Collins is a speaker, author, and consultant with a message that is inspiring students across the country. His unique blend of humor, knowledge, and energy provides high-impact moments with results that last long after the presentation. Chris has delivered talks to all types of crowds, including two of the largest High School districts in the country, national conferences, Fortune 500 companies, and colleges and universities of every shape, size, and hue.

Workshop 1

“Get You Mind Write”

Facilitator: Natasha Carrizosa
Natasha Carrizosa is a teacher, poet, writer, author, MC – master of ceremonies, keynote speaker, facilitator, and spoken word artist. She amazes her audience as she speaks about the beauty and appreciation of the diversity that lives within us all.

Share Your Gratitude

Scavenger Hunt

Rise Above Scavenger Hunt

Host: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Are you ready to have some fun? Download the GooseChase App and get ready to hunt!
Co-Host: Chris Collins
Chris Collins | CoolSpeak

Closing Session

Recap, Closing Remarks & A Prize!

Hosted By: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
  • Welcome Back and Review
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Prizes
  • Goodbye


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