Rising Leaders Initiative


Rising Leaders Initiative logo with students


All too often in education policy, the voices of students—the next generation of leaders—are drowned out by special interests. We're looking to help change that starting with 10 charter high school students who want to improve education policy that directly affects them and their classmates.

The application process is now open for the inaugural class of Rising Leaders for the 2022-2023 academic year. Apply now or share with your students!


About the Program 

The Rising Leaders Initiative is a one-year advocacy training program for charter high school students who want to become active participants in education policy decisions in their local community and state and develop skills to guide their educational and professional pathways.


We will recruit a diverse group of charter high school students who want to advocate for better education policies in their communities and give back to the next generation of students.


Students will participate in monthly virtual workshops to deepen their knowledge on the functions of civic participation, education advocacy, coalition building and develop leadership and public speaking skills.


Students will create and lead an advocacy club in their school to advocate for their charter school and develop impactful policy initiatives to address an urgent public education issue affecting their school or community.


  • High school students enrolled at a U.S. charter school in the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Good academic standing
  • Demonstrated commitment to others through volunteering and service to their school/community.
  • An interest in advocacy, leadership, and government

Program Duration

Students are expected to participate in all scheduled virtual meetings and trainings. Meetings/trainings will be held monthly from September 2022-June 2023.


Students will be eligible for a $3,000 stipend for their participation in the program. Advocacy clubs will also receive operating funds.

Application Process


Rising Leaders is open to all students attending a charter high school in the 50 州 and D.C. All students are required to complete an online application and submit the following supplemental documents:

  • Online Application: Fill out basic information and responses to application questions
  • Academic Transcript: Must include grades from the most recent completed semester or quarter
  • Parent Consent Form: Must be completed by a parent or guardian (下载表格)
  • School Recommendation Form: Must be completed by a principal, teacher, school counselor, coach, or school official (下载表格)

Applications will not be considered complete until all required supplementary document have been received.

Application Timeline

Our application selection committee reviews all applications. Each application is reviewed holistically by two members of the selection committee. We strive to select talented and diverse students who demonstrate a strong interest in the Rising Leaders program and a commitment to others through service. Students who meet these requirements will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with the National Alliance for consideration for admission to the program. Our goal is to accept ten students for the 2022-2023 academic year to join the program. 

Important Dates

February 1 – Application opens

March 15 – Applications due

April 4 – Applicants advancing to final interview notified

April 21 – Students admitted to the program notified

May 13 – Inaugural class of Rising Leaders announced during National Charter Schools Week

September 2022-June 2023 – Inaugural class of Rising Leaders cycle

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If you have any questions or would like further information, please call Sindy Pierre-Noel at or send an email to risingleaders@sysnettech.net

Interested in sponsoring a Rising Leader in your state? 联系 Kyle Breckenridge at kyle@sysnettech.net 或者做一个 charitable donation.


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