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Community Health and Wellness – RYSE
The Community Health Department works across various areas and issues that range from Food Justice to LGBTQQ awareness and advocacy to hospital-linked violence intervention and case management. All of these areas are informed by youth and community-identified priorities and needs, and are implemented within a public health framework, focusing on social determinants of health, health in/equities, and the impact and opportunities to support and promote wellness and equity at individual, interpersonal, community, and organizational/institutional levels.

RYSE provides case management services to support young people's health, housing, education, and social and emotional needs and priorities. RYSE provides individual short-term counseling, both clinical and non-clinical. RYSE provides social support groups including anger management, gender groups, LGBTQQ support group, and as needed, grief and loss groups. Services can be accessed in multiple ways: Members can approach any staff directly for such supports and they will be directed to the appropriate staff and/or programs, staff may suggest or offer such services to members they think may benefit from such supports (a member can take us up on this offer of support at any time), partner agencies may refer young people to RYSE, and family or kin may bring their young people to RYSE to set up supports.

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Sample of Programs and Services Offered:

  • Alphabet Group: The Alphabet Group is a safe space for LGBTQQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex) youth to dialogue about their experiences and identity. Youth engage in topics ranging from healthy sexuality, education, advocacy, allyship, academic and career opportunities, and current issues in the community. It is also a general resource to all RYSE members to learn about topics such as gender justice and sexuality.
  • Dance Fitness: Dance Fitness engages and motivates members to get fit and active through dance. Styles incorporate include hip-hop, salsa, jazz, and zumba.
  • Grow Your Bites: Urban gardening projects that teach youth how to grow and harvest produce from seed to sprout to table. Provide healthy foods demonstrations of accessible and relevant foods and recipes.
  • Tasty Tuesdays: Provide healthy foods demonstrations of accessible foods and recipes that are nutritiously dense, culturally relevant, and that makes you feel good.
  • Sex Plus, STI Testing and C.R.U.S.H. programs: Participants will explore key elements and some of their own feelings, values and attitudes towards gender, sexuality, sex and pleasure. RYSE also provides free monthly STI Testing and helps supports young people in getting connected to sexual health services
  • Case Management and Individual Counseling Services: RYSE provides trauma-informed individual counseling and individual case management to young people. RYSE Counselors work in collaboration with individuals to identify and work towards goals around personal health and wellness, increased self-empowerment, and/or ways to process trauma and stress. Services can be accessed in multiple ways: Members can approach any staff directly for such supports and they will be directed to the appropriate staff, partner agencies may refer young people to RYSE, and family or kin may bring their young people to RYSE to set up supports.
  • RYSE Restorative Pathways Project (R2P2): Provides mentoring and intensive case management for young people ages 12-24 who have experienced lethal injury by gun violence, stabbings, and assaults. Participants in this program reside in and/or were injured in Richmond and West Contra Costa.

Community Health and Wellness Staff