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RISE Up is the NRF Foundation training and credentialing program that provides foundational employability skills to help people land jobs and get promoted in retail and beyond.
Our curriculum and exams are industry-recognized and were developed in collaboration with more than twenty retailers, including Walmart, Macy’s, The Home Depot, Burlington Stores, BJs Wholesale Club and Nordstrom. And we’re proud to partner with more than 1,250 training partners across the country.


The NRF Foundation has helped more than 425,000 people earn RISE Up credentials.

A Human Works Foundation graduate who is now working for Goodwill Southern California as a Sales Associate.


In partnership with our incredible social, humanitarian, and civic organizations, HWF has been able to offer sustainable vocational training to folks who need immediate placement in these high-paying green collar jobs. Through our newest partnership with iTrain and WIOA, we are thrilled to offer these career pathways!


We are honored to be a part of their journey as they receive the credentials to better themselves and take the next step towards a career!



Reentry projects report that 33% of all prison admissions are due to parole violations. To reduce recidivism, communities need to consider factors such as the threat of homelessness, mental health and acclimation challenges, and a lack of education and employment opportunities. Recidivism and the complex challenge our criminal justice system faces are multi-tiered problems with no linear or singular answer – HWF recognizes this challenge and is engaging with California Retailers Association to push through legislation that tackles the high number of theft cases in both Los Angeles and Orange counties that are sentenced to jail and prison time. In conjunction with the courts, HWF hopes to use our RISEUP program as a steppingstone to establish a sustainable career pathway, reaching individuals before they enter the system.

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