Youth Rise Texas’ Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

As we are all collectively grappling with what life in the time of COVID means for us, individually and institutionally, we here at Youth Rise are sending out our deepest care to those whose lives have been adversely affected, and are seeking ways to do our part to protect those most vulnerable.

From co-drafting letters and co-hosting digital press conferences , calling on city and county officials to coordinate comprehensive response plans , to decarcerate, and to fund cash assistance programs for undocumented and formerly incarcerated people, to speaking to the press about the needs of our families in this time, we’ve been doing the best we can to reduce the harm we know that our people are facing right now.

In order to help stabilize our own membership, we have developed an Emergency Cash Assistance Program that is now serving more than 40 YRTX youth and their families, many of whom are immigrants, ineligible for federal stimulus checks, reliant on cash economies, or who have been furloughed and laid off due to the COVID crisis. We have always maintained a small monthly emergency fund for our members because we know that their ability to lead requires that their basic needs are met, and this moment is no different, so we scaled these efforts accordingly. You can contribute to our COVID Emergency Fund here100% of the proceeds of this fund, up to our $20K goal, go directly into the hands of our membership in order to help pay for basic needs including housing costs, food, and healthcare.  Any donations that exceed our goal will support our mission and transitioning our programs to happen online this summer.

And while all of this is going on, we can’t help but remind ourselves that this is why we are here: to reduce harm and cultivate opportunities for healing. While we’ve taken all operations remote, and are pivoting to create a bright spot for our city’s youth through a creative online organizing strategy, we’re also sombered by the collective trauma and deep uncertainty so many of our families face. This is why we organize youth to become outspoken, powerful leaders for justice and collective care, and in this moment, our work has taken on new meaning.

Young people’s power matters in 2020, now more than ever. We recognize that in the last few years, we’ve said this every few months, but it bears repeating because each time we mean it even more – and each time we assert it, we are once again filled with a resolve and clarity about why we gather, why we teach, and why we heal. Thank you for gathering with us.

#STAYWOKE2020 is happening!

This summer Youth Rise Texas will be hosting a VIRTUAL Summer Program.

Join the YRTX Fam!
6 previous #StayWoke students

If you are a teenager between the ages of 14-21 who has been affected by incarceration or deportation of a parent or caregiver, this is the program for you!!

Our summer is designed for you to meet people who share similar experiences, to build community, and to grow your skills in:

  • Community care
  • Healing justice
  • Community organizing

This will be a paid experience!  We are looking for a month-long commitment with the possibility of work that will continue all year! We are looking for people who are willing to learn more about systems oppression and paths to liberation for us and our people.

The application for this program will be live on April 28th and you’ll have until May 22nd to apply!

Important Upcoming Dates:

May 7th  or May 8th: INFO SESSION via Zoom.  It’s optional but recommended: To attend, please email

June 8th:                   PROGRAM ORIENTATION

June 16th – 26th        Tuesday- Friday 2.5 hour sessions
July 21st – July 31st     Tuesday- Friday 2.5 hour sessions

We Are Hiring! 

Youth Rise Texas seeks a full-time Lead Field Organizer who is a campaign strategist and experienced organizer with a deep love for community-based organizing.  We are seeking candidates who are able to start as early as May and will accept applications until the position is filled.

View the job description and application instructions for the  Lead Field Organizer.

Are you looking for a FUN, PAID, YEAR-LONG internship?

Apply to join us at Youth Rise Texas this summer and continue working with us throughout the school year!

You’re probably wondering who Youth Rise Texas is, right? Feel free to browse our website to learn a little more about us but in the meantime, let us show you what we’re all about…

Youth Rise Texas youth positions are designed for teens ages 15-20 who have been harmed by criminalization.

We want to work with you to:

  • Transform yourself and your community
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Have fun and make friends!
  • Learn about and practice self-care

If you want to learn more about these things, then we are looking for YOU!

Apply today for the opportunity to commit to ONE YEAR of service, fun, and learning!  Deadline to apply is April 26, 2019.

Important Upcoming Dates:

April 9: INFO SESSION (6:00pm-7:30pm) Optional, but recommended
April 16: INFO SESSION (6:00pm-7:30pm) Optional, but recommended
June 11 – July 12th (Regular Program)
June 11 – July 19th (Advanced Leaders)
1 Week mid-August (TBD)
August 16th School Year Kick-Off

All above dates except for those in August will happen at our center at
1307 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78702


#ArtsForward tickets are on sale now!

#ArtsForward is Youth Rise Texas’ annual showcase of the artistic and cultural productions of our youth movement-makers.  This year’s event will feature the works of our Digital Storytelling project, a collaboration with Texas Folklife, and Tunnel Vision, the final work our Theater Arts Project which will premier during Fusebox Festival .

#ArtsForward guest will experience an evening of self-guided listening stations of the Digital Storytelling Project, at-your-pace viewing of Tunnel Vision, and a youth artist talkback for audiences to hear first-hand about their artistic approaches to these works.  Additionally, guests will be treated to delicious treats from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants, refreshments, and a cash bar.

A limited number of tickets at the early bird rate of $18 are available now.  Click here to reserve yours today before they sell out!

Would your business or organization like to sponsor this event?  Sponsorships provide additional perks including an ad in our program, event tickets and more!  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, click here for more information on becoming a sponsor.

#ArtsForward is made possible with generous support from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.

[CLOSED ]Apply NOW to Join Youth Rise for One Year of Service!


Youth Rise Texas is now accepting applications for our 2018/2019 programs!  Our process is *New* and *Improved*!  Now you only fill out one application for an entire year of service to Youth Rise Texas.  What does this mean, you may ask?

If you are applying to be a New Leader (first-time applicant): You are applying to join our #StayWoke summer intensive and stay with us through the school year as a member of our Mentored Youth Fellowship Program.  Check out the job description and timeline for New Leaders Program!  Please read this carefully before submitting your application.

If you are applying to be an Advanced Leader (returning applicant): You are applying to join #StayWoke in our advanced leadership track and stay in an advanced leadership role for the duration of the school year.  Check out the job description and timeline for our Advanced Leadership Program!  Please read this carefully before submitting your application.

ALL LEADERS (new and returning), click HERE to apply to our 2018/2019 program.  Read application directions carefully and be sure to submit by April 27th at midnight!

Have more questions? Hit us up at <>.  We would love to have you as part of our team of game-changers.

Now seeking interns + volunteers

Now seeking interns + volunteers!

Youth Rise Texas is a nonprofit dedicating to uplifting young people harmed by criminalization and deportation so that they may heal, take action, and cultivate compassionate communities.  We are seeking multiple volunteer positions and one full time summer intern for our #StayWoke summer leadership program.  Positions available immediately, including:

  • Regular weekly volunteers needed to support summer program coordination (M-F daytime availability, positions open now)
  • One-off occasional volunteer opportunities (evening and weekend availability, May-June), and
  • Positions for folks available only over the summer who might like to help with field trips or support us by making or delivering a donated lunch (M-F daytime availability, June-July).

For those interested in volunteering, please fill out this form, and for those interested in our internship positions, please see this job description.  Thanks for supporting directly impacted young people to heal, act, and lead our communities forward!