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This democracy belongs to you – so embrace it.

Through Rise Justice Labs, we hope to empower you with the tools to pen your own rights into existence, as we have proudly done, over 78 times. This year, we are proud to expand our accelerator to support global applicants with global causes.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Winter Cohort is Monday, September 25th at 11:59pm EST. Please note the accelerator program is extremely competitive, with an acceptance rate as low as 7% for previous cohorts.

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

Rise Justice Lab Accelerator Application

Please enter your information, ensuring you answer all required questions (indicated by *), and submit the form when finished. We highly recommend crafting your responses in a separate document and copying into the form.

We encourage applications from individuals, as well as organizations. For any organizational questions that do not apply to you as an individual, please write “N/A”.

If you encounter any issues or have any concerns, please contact us.

For any questions, please email

Rise Justice Labs FAQs

You don’t need to be a lawyer, a politician, or an expert. Rise Justice Labs is for everyday people to learn the ins and outs of our political system and find the most effective ways to pen your own rights into existence. We look for people who are passionate and part of the community they’re trying to help, regardless of education, background, or experience.

For applicants aiming to pass a law in the United States (e.g., federal, state, or local), it is beneficial to be located in the US. However, the accelerator program is open to applicants from all over the world whose goal is to pass a resolution through the United Nations General Assembly. Applicants should be mindful that meeting hours will take place in American Eastern Standard Time, and they are expected to be present and involved.

No – while Rise started fighting for survivor rights, we have become so much more. We encourage applicants from all kinds of advocacy backgrounds. Former Rise Justice Labs cohorts have covered adoptee rights, rural access to internet, equitable access to medication, agricultural grants, Native representation in public schools, music education, and so many more. All ideas, as long as they’re backed by research and passionate individuals, are welcome!

After you apply, candidates who advance will be interviewed by the Rise team and board. Those selected will join our program to pass their first law. Everyone else will be invited to apply for our next cohort or join our organizing lectures.

Week 1 – Orientation and Leadership
Week 2 – Hopeanomics 101 (How to Pass a Law)
Weeks 3 and 4 – Research Your Issue
Weeks 5 and 6 – Write Your Bill
Weeks 7 and 8 – Tell Your Story
Week 9 – Blitz! Contact Potential Sponsors
Week 10 – Launch Your Campaign
Week 11 – Pitch Your Campaign
Week 12 – Demo(cracy) Day!

Like Demo Day at tech accelerators, our Demo(cracy) Day gives participants an opportunity to pitch your legislative idea to potential supporters–including legislators who may become bill sponsors, donors, press, and volunteers.

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