Preserve Our Past, Build Our Future
Recreation: Acknowledge Hmong creativity and uniqueness by promoting our culture through recreational activities that celebrates, commemorates, and educates; thereby cultivating cross-cultural understanding and elevating a more cohesive community.
Impact: Create a support system that’s impactful and meaningful. To provide a safe space where our artists and performers have a platform to showcase their talents to the community with the intention of inspiring others to pursue their passions, knowing that there’s a relevant springboard to catapult their dreams into careers.
Sports: Establish solidarity through a robust infrastructure that emphasizes interdependence as the pinnacle of self-actualization. Participants will learn the importance of cooperation and teamsmanship through the competitive nature of sports while also attaining physical wellness as a byproduct in an environment that nurtures unity; coming to the realization that the community is an extension of the team as a whole.
Ethics: Advocate for equity in economic development with ethics being the nucleus. The intention is to be the connection between knowledge and resources for the community. The growth and empowerment of individuals to not only become independently successful, but also be the embodiment of RISE by giving back and being a positive role model for future generations.
Meet the Team
A Community Based Organization that addresses Community Based Matters.
Tou is the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) responsible for creating and marketing programs to help serve the community in Fresno and the Central Valley. He has seen so many people fall short of success because they gave up too soon. RISE aims to change that pattern of behavior and mentality by sharing the struggle even when nine of 10 yards remain for the touchdown. Tou seeks to break the barriers and provide a lifeline for anyone who wants to rise up and live their best lives.
In the Army, he was the Assistant Team Leader for the Veterans Honors Program. After completing his military service contract, Tou worked for the State of California at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where he realized that the cubicle life was not for him so he left to create his own companies. This way, he could reach more people and teach them to become self-reliant through accountability and persistence. True to his intentions, Tou is the founder of Connectech and Inspired Empowerment Group, and he is the co-founder of Office Guyz.
Kyle is the head of the Music Department and the Senior Guitar Instructor. As such, he oversees everything having to do with music and entertainment. RISE is a place where he can provide the space and support for striving artists and talented individuals. His vision is to provide a place where the community and youth can come together to share the love of music. He will help individuals excel in their current abilities, passion and untapped talent.
Kyle understands that, in growing up and trying to pursue your dreams, something as simple as getting to a performance or exploring interests outside of your parents’ guidance can be bigger obstacles than imagined. Here at RISE, he helps build talent and self-esteem to realize each person’s dreams.
Danny is the Chief Safety Officer. He chose to be a part of RISE because of its vision, and he wants to help the RISE community grow. He creates safety policies and ensures their implementation in RISE operations. In addition, his team identifies the relevant training and education needs.
Danny’s biggest achievement was joining the California Army National Guard and serving his country for six years. The mottos “Follow Me” and “Lead the Way Drill Sergeant, Lead the Way” have been positive motivation for his military and civilian careers and for his life. He is a proud disabled veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-2008). He works as a Motor Vehicle Representative for the Department of Motor Vehicles and serves the public by processing Commercial Driver licenses, Class C Driver licenses, Identification Cards and the transfers of vehicles. He enjoys traveling and is a food critic at heart. Because of his love for food he is committed to gyming.
Bruce is the Multimedia and Sports Director who creates video content about the organization and teaches the youth about leadership and sports. He chose RISE as the place to be because it offers him an opportunity to make a positive impact for others. He always had a passion in helping the youth become better athletes and more caring people. Now he wants to help them achieve long term success. He understands that every person is different and comes from different backgrounds. He will learn about each person and adopt realistic individual goals in the sports program.
Bruce is currently a Fresno State student majoring in kinesiology to become a Physical Education teacher. He chose this path because he's very passionate about being physically active and would love to guide the youth toward healthy lifestyles. He loves football and has been committed to Hmong flag football since 2015. He also loves making videos such as cinematic films and skits. For a long time, he couldn't visualize being Hmong because he saw no benefits from learning or speaking Hmong. Still, he always had Hmong friends and now he truly feels that being Hmong is the only way he can express who he really is.
Michael is currently serving in the United States Navy Reserve. When he is not in uniform, he ensures the safety of others as a civilian aviation mechanic rebuilding and maintaining aircraft from commercial airlines to our fighter jets. Michael sees a bright future with RISE, who like him has no limits.
He is a family man who puts others first. He has two fabulous Huskies that keep up with their adrenaline junky owner. Michael is a longtime family business owner, who solely owns and operates Asian One Grocery and Legendary Pho Kitchen. Business runs in his blood and his ambition is to help others improve their operations. His same sense of duty to the United States military accompanies him as a RISE board member who protects the organization’s reputation and honor.