Frequently Asked Questions

What's the purpose?

The Rising Sons Initiative is open to 11th and 12th grade male students. The students will participate in the program for three semesters starting the second semester of their 11th grade year. With a theme of "CEO of ME," the Rising Sons Initiative has three core components: BEING ME, BUILDING ME, and BRANDING ME. The initiative aims to develop self-awareness, servant leadership, education and career mapping, and personal branding. 

How will this Initiative benefit my son?

The initiative will encourage students to start thinking about college and the necessary steps to become successful young men beyond high school. The Rising Sons Initiative is a program designed to enhance the personal and professional development of male students — specifically those who "fly beneath the radar" in their academic setting. Our team has connected with the high school guidance counselors to connect the Rising Sons Initiative to the required high school endorsement programs:

- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

- Business and Industry

- Public Service

- Arts and Humanities

- Multidisciplinary Studies

When do Rising Sons participants meet?

Rising Sons participants will meet monthly at Cedar Valley College for a two-hour interactive workshop. Lunch and/or a light snack will be provided for all participants. Students are expected to attend all sessions and to be active participants in all activities/team building scheduled during monthly workshops. Additionally, students will be invited to participant in an exclusive social outing and community service opportunity each semester.

Is transportation provided to the monthly meetings?

Transportation will be provided via school district school buses for participants attending DeSoto ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, and select Dallas ISD schools. 

Will my son receive FREE college credit for participating in the Initiative?

Yes, students accepted in the Initiative are eligible to earn three college credit hours by enrolling in SPCH 2389 (Speech Communication Co-op) through Cedar Valley College. The students will be required to complete 15 hours of community service, along with personal self-reflective assignments to earn the credit. The college credit course is no cost to high school students accepted into the program.

How do I get my son involved?

At this time, the Rising Sons Initiative is open to select high schools in Desoto ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, the Barack Obama Leadership Academy, and Wilmer-Hutchins High School (Dallas ISD). It is recommended that your son speak with his high school guidance counselor prior to completing the online registration form.

Please refer back to this web page for additional information as it becomes available.

This program is in partnership with the Cedar Valley College.