TFA Student Leadership Conference

3 Reasons to Apply to Rise Student Leadership Conference

Our second annual student leadership conference brings together top undergraduate leaders for a weekend of professional development and networking in Chicago.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Are you a driven, energetic influencer seeking to leave your mark on campus? From April 5-8, nearly 200 leaders from colleges around the country will learn concrete ways to expand their influence and leverage their unique leadership styles.

Here are three reasons why you should apply to join them at Rise, Teach For America’s student leadership conference.



Rise is a selective leadership conference for sophomores and juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential. You’ll spend the weekend participating in workshops that further develop your leadership skills, since we know strong leadership is essential in long-term impact and systemic change.

Last year, participants explored topics such as personal leadership styles, how values impact you as a leader, team management, project planning and execution, and working across lines of difference. Sessions offered hands-on practice, and attendees mapped out plans to bring their training back to their roles on campus.

By attending Rise, you will gain exceptional professional development that will strengthen your leadership and influence. Since these skills are universal, don’t be surprised if you find yourself using them in other extracurricular roles, or even in your future career.



At Rise, you will meet other campus leaders from across the country, as well as members from Teach For America’s powerful network of 53,000 alumni.

Last year, Rise participants heard from a panel of TFA alumni leaders who have worked in education, public policy, consulting, law, and innovation. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from and network with high-profile guest speakers, including TFA’s CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard and Mario Jovan Shaw, recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 as one of the world’s brightest social innovators, who seeks to bring about change and equal opportunity for boys and male educators of color. Rise 2018 will provide additional opportunities to meet inspiring change agents.



While you will delve into professional development and networking during the day, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy downtown Chicago during your free time. With Teach For America covering expenses, including travel, meals, and lodging, this is your chance to explore the Windy City—an exciting backdrop to your weekend of leadership development.

Savor a deep dish pizza. Take pictures in front of Cloud Gate, the famous bean-shaped sculpture in Millenium Park. Enjoy the stunning views of Chicago’s skyline. However you decide to spend your downtime, TFA will provide sightseeing suggestions and dinner reservations to ensure you make the most of your weekend in Chicago.


*The 2018 Rise Application closed on February 11, 2018.


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