About RAISE Foundation
RAISE Foundation is a non-profit California corporation, established in 1974 by the Printing Industries Association, Inc. of Southern California (PIASC). Its goal is to foster graphic communications careers in primary, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. RAISE is, and has been over the years, sustained by individual companies, industry employees, and other foundations.
RAISE underwrites numerous annual educational events that benefit not only students but also their programs. Some of these programs include:
- Surplus Drive - Now in its 30th year, the Annual Surplus Drive benefits graphic arts programs. Paper and office supplies are generously donated by PIASC members and then distributed to teachers and students to help supplement their graphic arts programs' very limited budgets.
- T-shirt Competition - High school students have the opportunity to show their talent in graphic communications by designing a T-shirt through silk screening and sublimation printing. Students must also produce a storyboard that shows the process of producing the T-shirt from concept to completion. The top three winning entries earn cash prizes.
- Packaging Competition - Students compete for the best original packaging design for a new product and produce a countertop, point-of-purchase display for marketing the product. The display must be eye-catching and persuade consumers to make that that last minute purchase. The top three winning entries win cash prizes.
- Bookmark Competition - Our most popular competition challenges college students to design a bookmark. The competition promotes RAISE's Literacy Campaign which encourages young people to read. The winning design is printed and then distributed to public schools and libraries within PIASC's jurisdiction. The top three winning entries also earn cash prizes.
- Coloring Book Competition - High School students compete to design and print an 8-page coloring book. Students must also produce a storyboard that shows the process of producing the coloring book from concept to completion. The top three winning entries earn cash prizes.
- Museum on Wheels - The Museum on Wheels is an innovative outreach program consisting of a trailer exhibit that brings the best of the Printing Museum's educational programs to schools in Southern California. Students are introduced (many for the first time) to the amazing world of printing and graphics. Every year, RAISE Foundation's annual grant of $25,000 makes it possible for over 14,000 elementary school students to learn about the importance of books, printing, and bookbinding. Students are introduced (many for the first time) to the amazing world of printing and graphics.
- Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Day - Beginning in 2011, this program assists boy scouts in earning two merit badges in one day: Graphic Arts and Paper & Pulp. RAISE Foundation's grant of $2,500 helps underwrite the Printing Museum's Boy Scout Merit Badge Days. The program occurs 5 times a year and response has been so high that reservations are booked 6 months in advance. Since then, 2,600 boy scouts have completed the program.
- Book Arts Patch Days for Girls (formerly Girl Scout Merit Badge Days) - Launched in 2015, Book Arts Patch Days for Girls is a 6-hour day for girl scouts (10-18 years old) to meet 80% of what they need in order to complete their Books Arts Merit Badge Day. A RAISE foundation's grant of $1,500 annually underwrites the Printing Museum's new program. The interactive day is filled with hands-on experiences in making paper, printing, and creating book structures of various kinds. So far, 75 girl scouts have completed the program.
- Literacy Campaign - Geared towards young children, approximately 120,000 bookmarks are annually distributed to public libraries and elementary schools. The READ, READ, READ bookmarks encourage, in a colorful and magical way, young children to enjoy the art of reading.
- SkillsUSA - Students participating in any one competition sponsored by RAISE will be eligible to receive grants for Skills USA State and National Competitions. Instructors are required to apply for the grant and the grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis to cover the registration cost of the State Competition. Grants for the National competition work the same way.
- Awards Banquet - The winners of the high school, college and Skills USA, State and National competitions, have an opportunity to celebrate with their teachers and parents at this Annual Awards Banquet where RAISE presents students with their trophies and cash awards.
RAISE is a reputable and valuable foundation among the printing industry. To become involved in raising the standards in graphic arts education, please contact Ara Izquierdo. For detailed information about this year's programs download this PDF of the 2017 Teacher's Bulletin.