by Jake Patoski

At the leadership level, Texas Rising is led by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s Outreach & Field team:

Outreach & Field Director – Val Benavidez Outreach & Field Manager – Nick Savelli Houston Outreach & Field Coordinator – Ali Gorczynski Rio Grande Valley Field Organizer – Ruben Garza Dallas Field Organizer – Rachel Perry San Antonio Field Organizer – Rae Martinez

Click here to contact the team.

At the local level, Texas Rising is represented at twelve universities in Texas — contact the individuals below to get involved:

Collin College: Suzanna Perry University of Houston: Ali Gorczynski University of Houston Downtown: Aracely Garcia University of North Texas: Aaron Majek and Vana Reyne University of Texas Arlington: Tamara Lynch University of Texas Austin: Nick Savelli University of Texas Dallas: Rachel Perry University of Texas El Paso: Adriano Perez and Jamie Hernandez University of Texas RGV: Mimosa Thomas University of Texas San Antonio: Cory Armendariz Texas State University: Holly Doyle and Maddy Tupper Trinity University: Talia Howard

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by Jake Patoski

Since 2006, the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has been working to create a powerful base of young leaders (ages 18-29) across the state.

Texas ranks 51st in civic engagement.

*Graphic created by the Annette Strauss Institute

Meaningful change in Texas requires that we increase the culture of political awareness and engagement. Young people, ages 18-29, represent 24% of the voting eligible population in Texas.

*graphic based on 2010 data

Texas Rising is working to engage this demographic to shift current civic engagement trends and to expand the Texas electorate with new lifelong voters.

We are committed to this work because developing an emerging generation of social justice-minded, informed and engaged leaders is essential to the long-term health of our communities and the development of progressive public policy in Texas.… Read More

by Jake Patoski

The Civic Engagement Manual is a product of the Texas Freedom Network and Wellstone Action.

Click here to download the TFN Civic Engagement Manual.Read More

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