Leadership Richardson Alumni Association

Richardson Youth Leadership

2021-2022 School Year UPDATE

We anticipate a return of RISD students to traditional classroom study this fall, allowing RYL to implement its typical monthly, in-person programs. Note that any revision of attendance policy and/or health protocols by the District may require modification of the RYL program design. We plan on following any revision to protocols made by RISD and will be prepared to communicate any adjustments in the RYL program to students and parents.

2021-2022 school year applications are open to all juniors!   All applications and references are due by Friday, September 24th. Please email applications to ryleaders@gmail.com

Application URL: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jw6cPqGDwOu3X6faz3IvZipO-GkourvTDAJGzdGd-jI/copy

Reference Form URL: https://forms.gle/dgBj8mYtV2tha1Mz7


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. 


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 junior 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 David Robinson or Audrey Pruski at ryleaders@gmail.com


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