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. 


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

Youth Organizing Institute Launch!

We’re kicking off our programming in June 2015 with our first annual eight-week Youth Organizing Institute, a transformational leadership development and community organizing intensive designed to facilitate a space for collective healing through self-empowerment.  Want to support our vision of a prison-free society?  We’re currently accepting applications from youth, and are in need of donations of all kinds, time included!

Please contact us via email at <> to find out ways you can support our work and become part of the movement to end family separation.