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

Fall 2017 Registration is Now Open!

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). Full and partial scholarships are available based on determined need.

Registration ends September 1st or when we reach capacity.  

1st Year Applicant: REGISTER

Returning Applicant: REGISTER

Please check back for 2017/2018 Dates TBA.


2016|2017 Rise Up Dates
For registered Rise Up participants only.

CYCLE 1 and  CYCLE  3

March 9Amala
March 23Amala
April 6Parent Session: Parents encouraged to attend (at Amala)
April 20Amala
May 4Amala
May 18Amala
June 1Last Session (Amala)


March 16No Rise Up (Spring Break)
March 30Amala
April 13Parent Session: Parents encouraged to attend (at Amala)
April 27Amala
May 11Amala
May 25Amala
June 8Last Session (Amala)


  • 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.

Rise Up offers opportunities for emerging teenage leaders to be their authentic selves and connect with other inspired youth.  Beginning every year in September and ending in May, Rise Up connects a diverse group of youth ages 13-18 through bi-monthly leadership trainings, as well as service learning opportunities.

Experienced community leaders and facilitators guide the group through challenging activities and talking circles, helping each participant explore what leadership looks like in their own life and community.  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 personal growth and community service.

Rise up is:

-A safe place for participants to come and feel supported
-A place for young adults to discover who they are, what they are capable of, and how they want to live in the world
-A place for youth to connect with each other in a nonjudgmental and loving environment

-A place where young leaders can cultivate their personal leadership skills, and explore how to make a positive impact in their community.

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

RISE UP  CYCLE ONE: Begins September 21st, 2017 (For youth 13-14 yrs.)

RISE UP CYCLE TWO: Begins September 21st, 2017 (For youth 15-16 yrs.)

RISE UP CYCLE THREE: Begins September 14th, 2017 (For youth 17-18 yrs.)


Youth Testimonials