“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 outreach@uprisecircus.org


  • interested in making an impact in the lives of local youth
  • able to pass a background check
  • fully vaccinated*
  • at least 18 years old
  • able to attend unpaid trainings
  • 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 email a scan of your vaccination card to outreach@uprisecircus.org

**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.


Volunteer Series

Our initial volunteer series includes six session prior to participation in our teen classes.

Please submit the form and we will be in touch ASAP regarding your application.

First Class

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


Your class will be held at 11797 Rim Rock Trail, Austin, TX 78737. Drive through the gate and park along the driveway. The rig will be on the left side before the building.


While we don’t have a set age restriction, anyone who wants to participate must be able to 1. fit into our standard size safety belts and 2. listen and keep attention throughout class (usually around 6yo).

All participants should wear form-fitting athletic clothing. If this is your first class we suggest that their pants cover the back of their knees (no jeans) for comfort. Yoga or dance style clothing is good if you have it.

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

We are committed to working with people of all abilities, sizes, and backgrounds to experience the transformative power of circus.

In order to safely participate in the high-flying portion of a class, students must wear our safety belts and have the grip strength to hang from a 1″ bar for 20 seconds, which can be affected by things such as weight or previous injuries.

Fortunately, we have many circus activities to offer students who are not able to swing on the flying trapeze at the time of their class.

Outdoors in very south Austin (near Dripping Springs) at 11797 Rim Rock Trail, Austin, TX 78737

No problem! We work through many fears with our flyers and you never have to do anything you don’t want to do.

Masks are required when Austin is a HIGH Stage of Covid restrictions. Austin’s Stage Tracker can be found at this link. All of our staff has been vaccinated.

Required Waiver

Please arrive 15 minutes early to find the location and complete the liability waiver before class time. You can also fill out our waiver in advance.

Those under 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to sign their safety waiver which can be done online with the link below.