The ARISE concept of identifying community assets and putting these assets to work in bringing new life to that same community came to light in the Las Milpas area of Pharr in South Texas. This concept was put in motion by Gerrie Naughton, a Sister of Mercy, in 1987. Soon after her initial steps, the birthing process for the ARISE concept was assisted by some young women from the colonia community. The concept that is now ARISE revealed itself step by step as the people of the community recognized new needs and began to see that there were indeed persons within their own community who had the gifts to assess those needs. The initial need identified by many persons was English as a Second Language (ESL). Soon, Las Milpas women who knew English were taught how to teach the English that they knew to other persons from the neighborhood. Families in the neighborhood who could offer a space (any kind of space) that could be used as a place to meet for the English instruction did so. This plan showed great success and as time went on ESL became the first formal program of ARISE. Soon the people began to talk with each other and realized that they did not have to negate their own cultural practices as soon as they crossed the USA. They wanted Ballet Folklórico for their children. Those classes were provided. As the ARISE children involved themselves in their schools they started asking for Ballet Folklórico there. The schools responded. Today almost every school has Ballet Folklórico for their students.