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Are you interested in becoming involved in your community but don't know where to start? Residents Inspiring Service and Empowerment (RISE) Burbank may the perfect program for you.

RISE is a free ten-week program that aims to inspire and empower locally based leaders from the City of Burbank. This grassroots program will broaden your understanding of the City and its resources. RISE will connect you to City of Burbank officials, as well as local nonprofits and businesses.  

The mission of RISE is to “Broaden the understanding of the City and its resources by empowering residents, inspiring leadership, building healthier neighborhoods, and fostering constructive dialogue to invigorate civic engagement.” RISE is designed to provide residents the opportunity to:

  • Become resource ambassadors;
  • Develop and strengthen leadership skills;
  • Participate in local government;
  • Enhance community knowledge; and
  • Network with other local leaders.



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ABOUT THE PROGRAMVolunteer Project

The City of Burbank offers residents opportunities to engage with their community. RISE Burbank provides a wide-offering for residents to enhance their leadership skills. Class sessions are designed to develop participants’ knowledge of the community, sharpen personal leadership skills and abilities, and overall enhance the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Burbank. Participants will learn specific skills such as project planning and implementation, public speaking, how to connect with local government, and foster community. Participants are required to complete a volunteer/community-based group project that will make a positive contribution to the City and its neighborhoods.


RISE sessions are conducted every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  The sessions will be scheduled at various locations throughout Burbank to highlight and emphasize the subject matter for that week’s discussion. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony. A detailed schedule will be provided upon selection. Light dinner is provided at all sessions. Attendance is extremely important for the success of the program and is mandatory, not optional.



Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to improving their neighborhoods and willingness to participate in community service and civic activities; this includes serving as a neighborhood ambassador. Additionally, applicants will meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submit the application by the deadline;
  • Live in the City of Burbank; and
  • Attend all ten sessions in order to receive certificate of completion.


The application period for the RISE Burbank 2020 program is from September 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019.  Please click the apply button below. You may also download a hardcopy of the application by clicking here.

Applications will be accepted from adults 18 years or older, including youth in their senior year of high school, who are committed to creating a positive change in the community through service and empowerment. Program sessions will be held every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, from January to February 2020, with the exception of two Saturday Sessions on February 1 and 22, 2020. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony on Saturday, February 29, 2020. A detailed schedule of class sessions will be provided upon selection.


If you would like more information please contact Kristen Hauptli at (818) 238-5820 or Khauptli@burbankca.gov.

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