Student Leadership Council

FIRST RGV’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a program for high school juniors and seniors within the Rio Grande Valley. This empowering program provides members the opportunity to develop life-long leadership skills while supporting the non-profit’s mission of developing impactful programs to provide increased opportunities for students in our service area.

Students focus on understanding themselves as leaders and setting personal and group goals to develop their leadership skills through quarterly meetings, volunteer opportunities, and student ambassador roles on behalf of FIRST RGV.

At the end of every school year, students present a capstone project called, Learning to Lead, which brings together a year of learning and experiences. Our members will present their projects to the membership and to the members of the FIRST RGV Advisory Board at an annual dinner. Certificates of Participation will be issued and formal letters of recommendation will be issued by FIRST RGV in the names of the members that successfully complete a year of service.

Vision Statement

Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders by helping today’s students ignite their passion for STEM, find their voice and unlock their potential to make a difference in their community.

Mission Statement

The Student Leadership Council fosters collaboration, learning, sharing and advocacy to increase leadership development opportunities for students, role models and mentors.

We pride ourselves on our attention to be an inclusive and diverse organization. All of our committees, boards and councils reflect our community. Learn more about our equity, diversity and inclusion priorities we have demonstrated since 2015.   LEARN MORE


  • Must be recommended by your lead coach
  • Must be a 11th or 12th grade student
  • Must be on a team roster or named participant in a FIRST RGV program
  • Must be a resident of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • May only be one student per school or homeschool unit

Expectations of members:

  • Keep a journal of lessons learned and impact of the program
  • Attend quarterly meetings and engage in outreach on behalf of the Council in representation of their team.
  • Look for and present on opportunities to expand the reach of FIRST RGV’s program access for students.
  • Demonstrate Gracious Professionalism at all times.

Our Student Leadership Council Members


Seth Lara
of Pioneer High School
Council Chair


Valarie Martinez
of Harlingen ECHS
Council Vice Chair


Johanna Park
of McAllen High School


Octavio Cruz
of Nikki Rowe High School


Vacant Member
of Vacant High School


Vacant Member
of Vacant High School

Our Student Leaders Will Receive...

  • An official FIRST RGV SLC shirt with their name on it and their service year.
  • Assignment of a professional mentor to help mentor them as needed
  • A permanent place on our website recognizing their service
  • Opportunities to represent our organization at official events
  • More to come…

Proud Regional Sponsors of the Student Leadership Council

Royal Technologies

Join the Student Leadership Council

Let's Build Together!

We need your help to ensure our programs are impacting as many students as possible while keeping an watchful eye on equity, diversity and inclusion.  Join our team of student leaders by visiting our portal and applying.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Matters...

This is cumulative over our service years since creation of the Student Leadership Council in 2021.
Women 75%
Men 25%
Other 0%
Hispanic 75%
White 25%
Black 0%
Other 0%

Previous members of the Student Leadership Council

Andre Adame
of McAllen High School

Ramon Garcia
of Sharyland High School

Briana Diaz
of Mission High School

Submitted Capstone Projects

Vacant Member
of High School
2020 Video

Vacant Member
of High School
2020 Video

Vacant Member
of High School
2020 Video

From Instagram

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