Leaders for the Future of Texas

Image: Subiendo Academy participants. Photo by Marsha Miller, OPA.

This week I hosted a dinner for a group of high school students participating in a pilot program called Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders. The program brought outstanding students to Austin for four days of intensive training in leadership and community building. Topics included policy creation, crisis management, financial literacy, and communications.

Image: Subiendo, The Academy for Rising Leaders Logo

Subiendo is the inspiration of distinguished alumnus Kenny Jastrow. The program is designed for students entering their senior year of high school, with special focus on leaders in the Texas Hispanic population, although it was open to Central Texas students regardless of ethnicity. Subiendo was funded by Kenny and Susie Jastrow and philanthropists David and Suzanne Booth.

The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Exes hosted the program. About 50 high school students, who were housed at Jester Center, participated. Events were held on the campus, as well as at the capitol, the Bob Bullock Museum, and Dimensional Fund Advisors, which was founded by David Booth. The students also heard from leaders such as Governor Rick Perry, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, and former Under Secretary of Education Sara Martinez Tucker.

Image: Subiendo Dinner. Photo by Marsha Miller, OPA.

It was a great four days of activities for some of our most promising student leaders. As a result of the generosity of the Jastrows and the Booths, it was free to the students.

Subiendo is Spanish for “climbing” or “going up.”  The name refers to our rising leaders of the future.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this inaugural event.

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