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Mission

Youth Rise Texas works to support young Texans rising from systems of oppression.  

We develop generations of leaders that heal our communities and are at the center of organizing the next 10 years of transformative change in Texas.

All of our leaders come from communities impacted by policing, incarceration, and/or immigration policy. 

“Rise From Systems of Oppression”

Our Healing Justice programs operate in schools and with community organizations that serve populations that have experienced deportation and incarceration. They are peer led and curriculum driven, with a focus on addressing trauma through the acquisition of self-care skills and a deeper understanding of the root causes of trauma, as well as learning the theory and praxis of community care as a central aspect of community justice.  

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Our Youth Organizing programs offer opportunities for Austin area youth to organize their communities to take action on immigration, incarceration, detention and human rights in Austin, across the state and across the country. We recruit and train high school aged youth to explore the root causes of these issues in their communities. During election seasons, youth center their organizing efforts around nonpartisan voter registration, education and GOTV efforts around Austin with a focus on high school youth of color.

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Through our Leadership Development Pipeline model for youth organizing we aim to create pathways for directly impacted youth to become leaders. We do this through recruiting youth into all of our programs, offering them space to develop or refine skills and to train others. Our Leadership Development Pipeline is a year round program with five different, non-linear stages that each include twenty hours of learning and life skills opportunities.

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Our Healing Justice programs operate in schools and with community organizations that serve populations that have experienced deportation and incarceration. They are peer led and curriculum driven, with a focus on addressing trauma through the acquisition of self-care skills and a deeper understanding of the root causes of trauma, as well as learning the theory and praxis of community care as a central aspect of community justice.  

LEARN MORE >>

Our Youth Organizing programs offer opportunities for Austin area youth to organize their communities to take action on immigration, incarceration, detention and human rights in Austin, across the state and across the country. We recruit and train high school aged youth to explore the root causes of these issues in their communities. During election seasons, youth center their organizing efforts around nonpartisan voter registration, education and GOTV efforts around Austin with a focus on high school youth of color.

LEARN MORE >>

Through our Leadership Development Pipeline model for youth organizing we aim to create pathways for directly impacted youth to become leaders. We do this through recruiting youth into all of our programs, offering them space to develop or refine skills and to train others. Our Leadership Development Pipeline is a year round program with five different, non-linear stages that each include twenty hours of learning and life skills opportunities.

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My anxiety impacted my school attendance. My thoughts were so bad, I called a suicide hotline. I couldn’t talk about it [because] if I did, I would get put into CPS…I needed an understanding about why things happened the way they were, I needed to understand the system and the world and why they acted how they acted when they got out, why there was a repeat cycle of why they went in. . .

– Josephina, Youth Rise Member

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