The C5 Texas Program
The C5 program includes carefully sequenced, age appropriate learning experiences that provide a seamless flow of learning and growth across a five year program. Participants must begin the program in year 1 and progress through year 5. Each year includes curriculum in four key areas

Leadership Development

Social Awareness

College and Career Preperation

Community Activism


Each summer C5 Texans engage in an intensive summer learning experience designed to provide them an opportunity to learn and practice skills in all five of the curriculum areas and to set them up for the next year of Pathway Learning in their community. The five Summer Signature experiences include:

Camp Leadership U – 25 days at the Parrie Haynes Youth Ranch near Killeen, designed to introduce C5 Texans to leadership concepts, the C5 program and to establish the relationships and culture that will support their success for the next five years.

Camp Leadership U2 – 25 days at the Parrie Haynes Youth Ranch near Killeen. Second year participants take on leadership roles working with the first year class while accepting a series of leadership challenges that focus and extend their skills.

Bridges Leadership Challenge – 15 days of training that include leadership for preparing and executing a 7 day backpacking experience in the Teton Valley.

Road to College – Students plan and execute an 8-10 day tour of college in Texas and the surrounding states and explore college life and the admissions and scholarship application processes.

A.C.T. Now! Summit – Student led week- long conference on a significant community issue focused on identifying solutions and advocating for change. This serves as the kick off for students individual Medallion Community Action Projects, a centerpiece of their final year.


During the school year participants learn new skills and integrate the skills they have learned over the summer into their life at home and in their community through the C5 Pathways program, the year round community based program that supports and guides participants during the school year. C5 Pathways includes: group learning events, group project planning and individual responsibilities and coaching.

Group Learning Events - Each class participates in 3-5 class specific learning events during the school year. These events are designed to help participants apply their leadership, community service and college and career skills in the context of their daily life. Events range from day long to weekend retreats.

Group Practicums – Participants engage in group projects and planning committees throughout the school year. Examples include planning committees for the summer experiences, Newsletters/website, Leadership Summit and Community Service projects.

Individual Responsibilities – C5 Texans are responsible for maintain a B average in their classes, completing a minimum of 40 hours of community service each year, and completing and carrying out their leadership action, high school action and Community Action plans. C5 staff work as coaches with individual students on a monthly basis to help them complete these individual responsibilities.