Leadership Richardson Alumni Association

Richardson Youth Leadership


Purpose of RYL  

Richardson Youth Leadership is a program that fosters leadership skills for high school juniors attending an RISD high school, or non-public high school students living in Richardson, TX. 

During a period of nine months, participants spend a half-day each month at various sites in the Richardson area learning about their community through activities designed to develop leadership and teamwork skills. Session topics include general leadership and ropes course training, as well as specific topics such as business, city government, education, health care, and public safety. 

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual sessions will be provided to students selected for the program until further notice. 

Current sophomores may visit the link, above, for the application and recommendation forms. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 program is April 24, 2021. 


Why Richardson Youth Leadership?

Richardson Youth Leadership is a program developed by the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association in cooperation with the Richardson Independent School District. The program's objective is to provide leadership training to Richardson youth to develop an awareness and understanding of the dynamics of a highly complex, rapidly changing society. Students may also earn 1.0 local credit on their transcripts after successful completion of the program.


What Will I Learn?

RYL offers students an exciting opportunity to develop leadership potential. Through participation in hands-on activities, participants will enhance their ability to help shape the community, country, and world in which they live – now and in the future.


How Can I Be Selected?

High school students currently in their sophomore year are invited to apply for participation in the program.  Students will be selected for the program based on applications and a letter of recommendation from school staff members, an employer, or other person in the community. Participants will be chosen by a selection committee appointed by the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association. Students will represent a cross-section of the community.

Students applying for the program must have an interest in acquiring leadership skills and be willing to make a significant time commitment. Cost for the program is $175. A limited number of scholarships are available for students who qualify. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Blake Lewis, 2020-2021 RYL vice president, at blewis@threeboxstrategic.com


 Applications available soon.  Please check back!



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