Students Educating Students on Making Smart Choices

Rachael’s First Week is a program dedicated to protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men.
Our Mission

Our Mission

Rachael’s First Week is a program dedicated to protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men.
Our Vision

Our Vision

Rachael's untimely death should not be viewed as a tragedy, but as an opportunity for teens to develop their potential as friends, mentors and good citizens while they mature into adulthood.

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About Rachael Fiege

Rachael Fiege was a typical teenager. She was a good student but not at the top of her class academically. Nonetheless, she was able to use grit and persistence to earn her academic Honor’s Diploma. She was a multisport athlete playing soccer for much of her life, yet she was not the star of her high-school team. She was a respectful daughter but was not above testing the waters.

However, in many other ways she was exceptional. Her work ethic in academics and sports was enviable. She was well liked universally. She loved her friends like they were family and she was fiercely loyal to each. She was a peace-broker not an instigator. Rachael believed in the inherent goodness in everyone.

She championed the cause of the underdog and treated those who other teens might ridicule with compassion and respect. She volunteered at an animal shelter. She worked with physically, mentally and economically disadvantaged youth, not only at school but also on the soccer field. It was not uncommon for Rachael to ask the special needs students with whom she worked to join her and her friends at the lunch table.

She was zany, fun loving and edgy. She loved her many earrings and Converse tennis shoes. She was the kind of daughter that would make any parent proud, and the kind of friend that everyone would want as their own. She was beautiful, both inside and out.

Rachael’s First Week is dedicated to the concept of “always look out for each other”; which sometimes means making unpopular decisions to save a friend, to save a life.

Parent and Student Education Resources

The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives.