“Soar to New Heights”

Volunteer Signup

We are so excited that you’re interested in participating as a volunteer for our youth outreach classes at Uprise Circus for teens and tweens. If you have questions, please email liz@uprisecircus.org


  • interested in making an impact in the lives of local youth
  • able to pass a background check
  • fully vaccinated*
  • at least 16 years old
  • able to attend 6 UNPAID trainings (see schedule on this page)
  • have ongoing/future availability Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings to volunteer and train
  • must provide a $50 contribution**

*Prior to your first training on Jan. 16, 2022 you must text a photo of your vaccination card to 512-567-7078

**As a gesture of your commitment to the mission of Uprise Circus we ask that you make a donation of $50 to cover your onboarding costs (i.e. background check, etc).
The link to donate your volunteer fee: https://buy.stripe.com/9AQ3dm21jaiX7OoeUZ
Alternatively you may fundraise the $50 by creating a Facebook fundraiser. https://www.facebook.com/fund/UpriseCircus/

What is
Uprise Circus?

Uprise Circus is a nonprofit social circus organization.

Social circus is an intervention tool that uses circus arts for fostering personal and social development. It uses alternative pedagogical methods to work with youth who are marginalized or at social or personal risk.

Over the past two decades, members from the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) have learned about the power of circus arts to play an effective role in accelerating youth and community development. Social Circus practitioners support participants as creative change-makers through the collective development of self-esteem, solidarity, and trust.

Our expertly trained staff and volunteers primarily serve underserved teens who are low-income, part of the LGBTQ+ community, and have diverse abilities, through flying trapeze experiences.

Additionally, Uprise Circus hosts private classes, corporate events, and trapeze parties for which all funds collected are allocated to their programs supporting disadvantaged teens.

As a result, we give children the chance to rise up to their true potential.


2022 Volunteer Series

You are expected to attend all six training sessions. If you have a conflict with one of the sessions but are interested in participating it may be possible to make up one session with advance notice. Please email liz@uprisecircus.org with the details of your situation.

Sun, 1/16, 10a-noon

Sun, 1/23, 10a-noon

Sun, 1/30, 10a-noon

Sun, 2/6, 12:30-2:30p

Sun, 2/13, 12:30-2:30p

Sun, 2/20, 12:30-2:30p

First Class

Please arrive 10 minutes early before your first training to find our location.


Where is it?

Your class will be held at 11797 Rim Rock Trail, Austin, TX 78737. Our driveway is marked by a yellow, smiley face flag. Drive through the gate and park along the driveway. The rig will be on the left side before the building.

What should I wear/bring?

We recommend form-fitting athletic clothing that covers the back of your knees.

Water! We are an outdoor facility and recommend staying hydrated during class.

What is the weight limit?

Due to physical spotting limitations for flying trapeze (not rigging limitations), we have a maximum weight limit for flying (not volunteering) of 225lbs. There are several exceptions and if you would like learn more about it please email liz@uprisecircus.org

What can I expect?

Our programming promotes lessons of perseverance and a sense of community at every step. Your volunteer training will include:

  • Social Circus

    This includes language do’s and don’t’s, techniques to connect with our youth, games to help youth form friendships together

  • Safety

    You will receive extensive training regarding keeping our youth (and you!) safe during circus activities. This includes warm-ups, spotting, and much more.

  • Guidance

    You will learn how to guide our participants to work through and communicate their fears, plus many other techniques specific to flying trapeze and beyond

Check out a trick from Gaby (a teen who has been practicing aerials for several years)