Youth Rise Presents “Freedom Rise: Together We Stand, Together We Stay”

Join Youth Rise Texas on August 13 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin for our end of summer celebration and fundraiser. We’ll start with an evening of inspiring youth theatre for justice followed by great music, cold drinks, and tasty treats catered by local Austin favorites!  Please be sure to RSVP and reserve your seats in advance!

Tickets are available here, available on a sliding scale from $0 – $10, and donations will be accepted throughout the evening. 

Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
Youth Rise Presents: “My Life Without You” Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015

We are proud to invite our community to our second annual Youth Organizing Institute. “Freedom Rise: Together We Stand, Together We Stay” is a multi-media performance created by six teens who have been impacted in multiple ways by familial incarceration and deportation. We ask our community to join us and help us carry these stories as we walk in solidarity toward the day when no one will have to grow up this way.

We’ll begin the evening with a performance of our work followed by a brief talkback with the Youth Rise teens and a short program to honor the work of our members and supporters.

This event is all ages – please arrive early! Doors open at 5:45pm! You can reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite here!

Apply now for the #StayWoke Summer Circle, our paid summer leadership program!

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CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE TODAY! 

Are you 15-20 years old? 

Do you like helping others or feel like you’d like to make a change? 

Do you know what it’s like to have your parents or caregivers go to jail, prison, be deported, or even worry about any of these things?

Did you answer “yes” to any of the questions above?

If so, we want to HIRE you for the #StayWoke Summer Circle!

Youth Rise is looking for dedicated young people like YOU to work together and make a change.  This is not just any job, it’s dealing with people’s lives and it’s a deep commitment.

The only requirements are:

1) That one or both of your parents was incarcerated or deported at some point in your life, now or previously,

AND

2) That you are interested in learning about how to make a change in the world

During #StayWoke, we learn about the problems in our communities, share our stories with each other, and learn ways to make change.  We speak out at protests and City Hall, write letters to the editor, and work with artists to find creative ways to get our voices heard.  We do performances, write songs, and make art.  And most importantly, we chill, build friendships, and make connections with others who are our age and understand what we’ve been through.

Click here to apply now to #StayWoke, our paid 20 hour per week summer program for teens!

Black History Means Working for Black Futures

Today, we at Youth Rise Texas are celebrating the birthday of a very rosa parksspecial woman, who herself was a leader in youth-led struggles for justice and human rights.  On this day in 1913, Rosa Parks entered our world, a woman whose defiance against injustice on an Alabama bus sparked awe & admiration across the world.

Can you help Youth Rise continue to spark awe & admiration by making a gift today?

While Rosa Parks has been incorrectly portrayed as just a tired seamstress who had enough, in fact she was an accomplished organizer: she created the NAACP Youth Council in Montgomery, mobilizing with teens to demand integration.  She traveled to activist leadership-development conferences with Ella Baker and attended the Highlander School to refine her organizing skills.

Youth Rise Texas’ work follows the path laid out by women like Rosa Parks and Ella Baker, echoing their leadership and dedication by committing to developing youth as self-empowered advocates with the skill and dedication to remake the world in their vision.  To honor the work of Rosa Parks and our foremothers, today we’re featuring this piece on Black History & Black Futures, by Youth Riser Destiny Harris.

We’re nearly halfway to our $10k by Valentine’s Day Goal – can you help us keep building the New Civil Rights movement with a gift?

To hear more from Destiny, and others in Youth Rise, check out our 2015 Achievements Video below her writing, and be sure to join us on February 13 for “Love Letters,” a youth-led activist performance envisioning a world where love prospers beyond bars & borders. Tickets are available here.

And now, we leave you with Destiny…Destiny

I wake up each day with a broken heart, wanting more for my family and friends and the rest of my black race. I can guaranteed that most of the black race has one thought in mind: “I hope I don’t die today because of the color of my skin.”

I see my mom struggle, I struggle and I am only 17. We get treated differently, we get talked about, we get pushed down by words and systems. What about the things we need? Without education you cannot work, and with out money you cannot eat. We need money, education and food, but too many of us get the leftover bits and pieces.

At my school, I see the white and black kids separated by upstairs (LASA, a “selective public magnet school”), and downs stairs (LBJ Early College High). Guess who got up stairs? LASA has better bathrooms, bigger classrooms, and more college-bound grads. I work two jobs to put food on my table. I am a senior and the white kid next to me has a better chance at graduating college then the next black kid behind me. If under-resourced schools were given more money, then that means a better chance at a better future, not only for African Americans.

The freedom fighters and silent protestors fought for education, they fought for schools to be desegregated. Black history month is important, but we all need to work to make our government take action to create a better Black future.

-Destiny Harris, Youth Rise teen organizer, LBJ High Class of 2016

V-Day here we come! Youth Rise Texas Announces Next Performance, $2k of $10k raised, and a video!

T flowers croppedWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Youth Rise Texas has been keeping busy!  Last week, we announced our next performance, Love Letters: Radical Acts of Faith.  Part poetry, part letters, part song, Love Letters is a multimedia activist art show where the teens of Youth Rise Texas will share their hopes and dreams for a changed world, where love prospers beyond bars and borders. The one night only performance is on February 13 at East Space Austin, coinciding with the end of our $10k by Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign, and tickets are available here.

Speaking of fundraising, we’re walking straight towards our goal of SZ1raising $10,000 by Valentine’s Day to support our paid summer internship program – and we’re 1/5 of the way there already!  Join us in bringing 6 teens on for paid leadership and mentorship opportunities in 2016 and make your gift now – you’ll be leaving us with the best Valentine ever: the knowledge that funding for our summer program is secure.

And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, take a peek at our 2015 achivements video and share it around!  We’re proud to have gotten this far, and it was all made possible because you believed in us.  We hope you’ll keep standing with us in 2016, and that we’ll see you on February 13!

 

In it for the love – $10K by Valentine’s Day!

Here we go friends!  Youth Rise Texas is on the move and at it again – this time we’re fundraising to support the growth of our flagship program, the Youth Organzing Institute.  Our 8 week summer program will provide part-time jobs for 6 Austin teens who have been impacted by the incarceration or deportation of a parent or loved one, and we’re bringing back two youth from our 2015 program as co-facilitators, continuing the growth of progressive youth leadership in Austin!  Won’t you be our Valentine?

BE OUR VALENTINE – MAKE YOUR GIFT NOW!

Donate now, and help us focus on the mission at hand – supporting youth who have been impacted by incarceration, detention, and deportation in becoming the leaders of tomorrow.  

Photo Report-Back: “My Life Without You”

Thank you to all of our supporters and allies who have witnessed a performance of My Life Without You, which debuted at the Mexican American Cultural Center this past August in front of a packed audience of over 110 attendees.  We’ll be continuing to tour the performance throughout Austin, so please reach out if you’d like to bring us out!  For now, here’s a photo update, with photos of the MACC performance, courtesy of the Austin Chronicle’s John Anderson – many thanks to the Chronicle and to John for sharing! 

Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
Destiny, Tania, and Silvia, “Stand up if you know a woman who has been incarcerated,” during My Life Without You.  Photo courtesy of John Anderson/Austin Chronicle.
Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
JayTee, “When I Grew Up,”  during My Life Without You, photo courtesy of John Anderson/Austin Chronicle.
Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
Tania & the crew, “I Want to Be a Teacher,” during My Life Without You, photo courtesy of John Anderson/Austin Chronicle.
Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
Youth Rise Presents: “My Life Without You” Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of John Anderson/Austin Chronicle.
Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
Silvia, “Waiting for the Verdict,” My Life Without You, photo courtesy of John Anderson/Austin Chronicle.
Youth Rise Presents: "My Life Without You" Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015
Youth Rise Presents: “My Life Without You” Youth Impacted by Incarceration & Deportation at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on August 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of John Anderson/Austin Chronicle.

 

 

 

Youth Rise Presents “My Life Without You”

Join Youth Rise Texas on August 15 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center for our end of summer celebration and fundraiser. We’ll start with an evening of inspiring youth theatre for justice followed by great music, cold drinks, and tasty treats catered by local Austin favorites like Vivo Cafe!  Please be sure to RSVP and reserve your seats in advance!

Free tickets are available here, and donations will be accepted throughout the evening. 

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We are proud to invite our community to witness the work done during the first annual Youth Organizing Institute. “My Life Without You” is a multi-media monologue series created by six teens who have been impacted in multiple ways by familial incarceration and deportation. We’re honored to ask our community to carry these stories and walk with us towards the day when no one will have to grow up this way.
We’ll begin the evening with a performance of our work followed by a brief talkback with the Youth Rise teens and a short program to honor the work of our members and supporters. After intermission we’ll celebrate to the sounds of Krudas Cubensi and others to help us dance ourselves free and imagine a different way to be.

This event is all ages – please arrive early! Doors open at 5:45pm! You can reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite here!

Youth Rise Needs You!

Youth Rise is the recipient of an exciting, fast-paced matching grant challenge that we’re thrilled to announce to our supporters!  We have until Father’s Day, June 21, to raise $4,000 through our online fundraising campaign – and the best news is, every dollar given will be doubled!  

But without you, our supporters, we can’t make it happen. Our summer Youth Organizing Institute will cost $14,000 total, and $8,000 of that goes directly to the teens we work with:     

  • $10 will buy one teen’s basic supplies for the summer
  • $35 will buy one teen a healthy lunch for a week
  • $68 will pay a teens wages for the day + buy their lunch for the week
  • $100 will buy one teen’s books for the summer

Please consider making your gift today.

You’re Invited: June 18 Happy Hour

Who doesn’t need a Thursday evening happy hour?  Come start your weekend off with cold drinks, live music, delicious snacks, and inspiring youth leadership!  Youth Rise is hosting a happy hour on June 18 from 5:30-7:30 and we hope you can make it.  We’ll round out the evening with a short presentation from Youth Rise teens, and share ways that you can support us as we launch into our first year of programming and our summer Youth Organizing Institute.

When: Thursday June 18, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: 301 W 55 1/2 Street, Austin TX