Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy

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Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy is a leadership-based, academic enriched program. It emphasizes the development of hands-on leadership training, career development, life skills and problem solving skills for youth 12 – 18 years of age. Rising Stars helps students prepare for careers in various fields; medical training, civic/community engagement, leadership, journalism, technology and engineering and more.

Rising Stars is a year-round program in which students can re-apply each year. A certificate of leadership and community service recognition will be awarded to each student upon completion.

Youth participants are engaged in interactive sessions and learn firsthand about community issues, educated on opportunities to expand their knowledge of career opportunities, plus interact with emerging & established leaders in Tarrant County. They will develop the ability to analyze their own strengths & weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, develop self-esteem confidence, motivation and the ability to achieve success and the resilience to overcome challenges.


Youth Leaders will:

  • Attend classes and workshops to enhance their future opportunities at college campuses
  • Attend field trips to compliment classes they attend
  • Connect with employers, businesses & government [officials]
  • Be empowered with professional and personal etiquette, public speaking, networking and technology skills
  • Be exposed to training & employment opportunities


2023-24 Program Cycle

The Rising Stars Program is now available in three locations - choose the site closest to you'

Leadership Development and enrichment program for middle and high school students. This program is offered year-round and students can enroll to participate in fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions. Sessions include special events, recognition, service learning, college and career tours, life skills, entrepreneurship, job preparedness, career exploration, assessment to help teens discover their unique gifts, interests, and purpose.


Fall Quarter begins Tuesday October 24, 2023-Tuesday December 19, 2023
Winter Quarter begins Tuesday January 16-March 5, 2024
Spring Quarter begins Tuesday March 26-May 14, 2024
Friday May 17 Annual Awards Banquet (Venue TBD)
Main Sessions held Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 pm
Field Trips and other events during the program cycle see schedule for more details.

Summer Presentation

Facebook Live - Answers/Questions