Rising Stars is a leadership-based, academic enriched program.  It emphasizes the development of hands-on leadership training, career development, life skills building and problem solving skills. Rising Stars helps students prepare for careers in the fields of politics, community leadership, journalism, technology and engineering and more. Rising Stars is presented over the course of the summer in which the students can re-apply each year. A certificate of leadership and community service recognition will be awarded to each student upon completion.

Rising Stars expects to enroll about 100 middle school and high school students from area community centers.

During school breaks.

Various locations in the DFW area. 

$15 per student ​

program highlights

inspiring teenagers to be the future leaders of tomorrow

challenging our youth



4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX, United States

This program is the first of its kind in Tarrant County to bring youth, public & private organizations together to discuss & explore leadership in unique & innovative ways.

  • Attend classes & workshops to enhance their future opportunities at college campuses

  • Attend field trips to complement the classes they attend

  • Connect students to employers, businesses & government officials

  • Empower students with etiquette, public speaking, networking & technology skills

  • Exposure to training & employment opportunities

  • Certifications in CPR, Lifeguard & Food handling for youth 15-18

  • Attend STEM classes


a summer of learning

Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy is a program created through the City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners and is dedicated to developing community leaders and preparing youth to meet the challenges of adolescence and to achieve their greatest potential.

Rising Stars guides students, ages 13-18, on a path leading to an exchange of ideas, thereby, establishing a bond with each other, as well as business, community leaders with careers in diverse areas.  

Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy has been nationally recognized for its achievements. Youth are encouraged to make positive life choices that prepares them to enter society. 

Youth participants interact during interactive sessions & learn first hand about emerging community issues, educated on opportunities to expand their knowledge of career opportunities,  plus interact with emerging & established leaders in Tarrant County.

Youth will develop the ability to analyze their own strengths & weaknesses, set personal & vocational goals, develop self-esteem, confidence, motivation & the ability to achieve success and the resilience to overcome challenges.