Rise and Shine!



Rise and Shine Youth Retreat is a traveling wellness and creative practice that highlights the voices and responds to the emotional needs of youth of color. It is designed to fulfill a community of youth who are dedicated to self-development and the empowerment of their peers as well as understand their capacity to be leaders in society. Rise and Shine Youth Retreat creates environments that inspire exploration in nature, creative expression and self-care rituals to nurture youth wellness and leadership.


Why us

We help youth design the life they want!


In July, a group of young black women set out on a camping adventure weekend filled with exploration, laughter and love! We began our getaway with getting to know one another while listening to music and making DIY body care products.


Over the course of the weekend, we journaled and shared dialogue on 7 foundational parts of life: physical health, emotional wellness, relationships, creativity, finance and spirituality. We cooked together, we conditioned and braided each others hair, we took turns feeding the fire and we danced our cares away with a party in our tents.


The weekend getaway ended with a workshop on Identity, led by Lewiston youth and film director of the Generation Z film, Zamzam Elmoge. Empowered, we shared our stories about what it means to identify as Black, African and/or African American.

2018 was an exciting year for Rise and Shine!

Rise and Shine Youth Retreat was awarded 4 grants for general operating and retreat programming:


  • Maine Women’s Fund: $1,500 for Intergenerational WoC Retreat

  • The QFF Movement Grant (of the Quimby Family Foundation) $7,500 for general operations.

  • Anonymous Donor $2,500 for camping supplies

  • Maine Initiatives $1,000 for general operations

Thank you to all donors and community support for seeing the value in exploring the outdoors, youth leadership and self-care!