Rise Up: Youth Leadership Development Program

Rise Up is a nine month youth leadership development program offering real-world skill development for leadership in today’s complex world.

One Village Project

Reach In, Rise Up, Reach Out!

It takes courage, compassion and integrity to lead in today’s world. It’s time for the next generation of leaders to Rise Up!

Rise Up! gives emerging teen leaders the skills to express themselves authentically, connect with other inspired youth, serve their community, and lead with integrity and empathy.  Potent, powerful, passionate, Rise Up! happens on Thursday’s (bi-monthly), 6-8:30pm and runs from September through May.

Expert community leaders and facilitators guide youth through an engaging experiential process, including adventure-based and interactive activities, mindfulness experiences, and potent sharing circles, allowing each young person to explore and grow their leadership style in real-time.


Fall 2017 Registration is Closed

Due to the level of commitment required, the Rise Up Youth Leadership Development Program is limited to 70 participants.  The total cost for the 9-month program (18 two hour sessions) of leadership development service learning opportunities is $500 ($250 for a partial scholarship). We offer payment plans, and have full and partial scholarships available based on determined need.

Thank you for your interest in Rise Up! We have reached our capacity for the 2017-18 Year.
As we do have cancellations from time to time, please email or call our office and ask for our Program Coordinator, Josselin Garibo (josselin@amalafoundation.org); she will add you to our wait list.  



  • To me, Rise Up is not only an invitation to take on a larger role in the global community, but to “rise up” to all that I, as a human being, have the potential to be. The program is offering me tools to become more connected to my true self and to be present in every breath I take. It is helping me to become a good listener and to be passionate about what I love and believe. Most importantly though, it is teaching me how to find peace within. These are qualities I see in the leaders I most respect. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn how to become a leader like them, a leader for peace.

    –Kay McNally
  • While timid to join Rise Up at first, the past few months have been ones of much growth for me. I never viewed myself as a leader, but through this program I have come to realize how much my own voice counts. I have also realized that a leader does not always have to be visible, and in fact, the best leaders are those who inspire and then walk away. Rise Up has given me a space to come to in authenticity. It is a place I can be real in, and a place that I trust gives me exactly what I need in the moment that I need it.

    –Alyza M.
  • A loss of words protrude when I describe the true intention of my Rise Up experience. Through self-development, and the discovery of who I really am, many unspeakable opportunities have presented themselves in my path to self awareness and leadership. Through the finding and the blossoming of my true heart, I know that anything is possible for me in the future.

  • I love the Rise Up program because its inspired me to acknowledge what I feel and how to come about it. It has totally transformed my way of thinking and the way I hold myself. Rise up is such an inspiration to me!

    –Kayley Green-Tooney
  • The Rise Up program has shown me that the future leaders of our community are strong. Rise-Up teachers youth that a big part of leadership is not just the act of leading a group of people but also listening to other people’s ideas.

    –Alex K.

Reach In, Rise Up, Reach Out!

More about Rise Up…

Sparking imagination and creativity, promoting clear communication, deep listening, authenticity, self-awareness and collaborative thinking, Rise Up! fosters young leaders who are deeply committed to growth and community service.

Rise Up! is:

  • A safe, nonjudgmental place for diverse youth to connect, support and inspire
  • A place for young adults to discover themselves, their genius, their capabilities,  and ways to share their gifts with the world
  • A place for youth to connect in real and authentic ways, to learn and grow
  • A place to cultivate powerful leadership skills, and explore making a positive impact in their community.

Rise Up meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm

FIRE Cycle  (Oder Youth): Begins September 28th, 2017

WIND Cycle  (Younger Youth): Begins October 5th, 2017


Please see below for 2017/2018 Dates.

2017-18 Rise Up Dates
For registered Rise Up participants only.

FIRE Cycle (Older Youth)

September 28First Meeting, Amala
October 12Amala
October 26Amala
November 9Amala
November 30Amala
December 14Amala
January 11Amala
January 25Amala | Parent Night
February 8Amala
February 22Amala
March 8Amala
March 29Amala
April 12Amala
April 26Amala
May 10Amala | Parent Night
May 24Amala
June 7Amala
June 8Rise Up! Closing Celebration at Amala

WIND Cycle  (Younger Youth)

October 5First Meeting, Amala
October 19Amala
November 2Amala
November 16Amala
December 7Amala
January 4Amala
January 18Amala | Parent Night
February 1Amala
February 15Amala
March 1Amala
March 22Amala
April 5Amala
April 19Amala
May 3Amala | Parent Night
May 17Amala
May 31Amala
June 8Rise Up! Closing Celebration at Amala



Youth Testimonials