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Are you a driven and energetic leader seeking to leave a mark on your campus? We invite you to apply to Rise, an all-expenses-paid student leadership conference.

Teach For America’s Rise Student Leadership Conference is a selective national conference for college sophomores and juniors of all majors.

The 2019 conference occurred April 5-7 in Philadelphia. Our 2020 application will open this fall.

As a Rise participant, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of how to positively affect your campus and community as a student leader. You’ll learn about educational inequity and how you can work to address inequities both inside and outside the classroom, while meeting other college changemakers and networking with TFA corps members, alumni, and staff.


    • Influence: Develop a deeper understanding of how to leave a mark on your campus
    • Leadership: Discover ways to leverage and expand your impact
    • Network: Build partnerships and friendships with other campus leaders
    • Experience: Learn skills applicable to every college major and career field
    • Travel: TFA covers expenses, including travel, meals, and lodging
    “Rise was powerful and thought provoking, and it forced me to challenge myself into thinking about how I can affect the next generation with my actions now.”

    Thomasena Thomas

    2018 Rise Participant, College of Charleston Student

    Application Process

    Applications for the 2020 conference will open in fall 2019. Contact with any questions.

    Teach for America's Rise Student Leadership Conference