Rise Up: Youth Leadership Development Program

Rise Up offers teens ages 14-18 opportunities to be themselves, make friends from different neighborhoods, and develop leadership skills.

Fall 2019 Registration is Open!


Be part of something meaningful!

It’s not always cool (or safe) to be yourself at school or with friends and family. Would you like a space where you can be real about what’s going on in your life, how you feel, what struggles you face, and to share your hopes and dreams? Would you like to meet youth from different neighborhoods and backgrounds, learn what their lives are like, have discussions about things that matter (race and gender issues, healthy relationships, etc.), and explore ways to make your community better? If so, Rise Up is for you!

Rise Up gives emerging teen leaders ages 14-18 a space to express themselves, connect with other inspired youth, gain leadership skills, and serve their community. Sessions take place every other Thursday 6-8:30 pm throughout the school year, and include interactive activities, mindfulness experiences, and sharing circles

The total cost for the 9-month program is $525. We offer numerous payment plans, as well as full and partial scholarships.

Have questions?
Email programs@amalafoundation.org or call us at 512)-476-8884.

Reach In, Rise Up, Reach Out!

Rise Up is:

  • A safe, nonjudgmental space for youth to share their true selves
  • An opportunity to connect with youth from different schools and neighborhoods
  • A place where youth can discuss the difficulties of being a teenager and learn tools to deal with the ups and downs of life
  • An invitation to develop leadership skills and explore ways to engage in their community
  • A place where adults listen more than they talk!

Meets Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm

FIRE Cycle (Older Youth): Begins Sept. 26th, 2019

WIND Cycle (Younger Youth): Begins Sept. 19th, 2019


2019-20 Rise Up Dates

FIRE Cycle (Older Youth)

  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 14
  • December 5
  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 5
  • March 26
  • April 9
  • April 23
  • May 7   
  • May 21

WIND Cycle  (Younger Youth)

  • September 19
  • October 3
  • October 17
  • November 7
  • November 21
  • December 12
  • January 16
  • January 30
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 12
  • April 2  
  • April 16
  • April 30
  • May 14         
  • May 21

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