RYSE is committed to youth leadership and organizing and supports two youth leadership teams: the RYSE Leadership Team (RLT) and the Richmond Youth Organizing Team (RYOT).
The RLT is a group of ten youth interns who are grounded in social justice principles and values. Interns participate in leadership training, explore issues in their communities, develop community organizing skills, and coordinate events to educate their peers. Interns also receive the holistic support services and trainings provided by the other four departments at RYSE. The RLT weekly schedule is as follows:
- Tuesdays: RLT Meetings/Trainings
- Wednesdays: Organizing Club
- Thursdays: Gender Groups and Academic and Career Planning
- Fridays: RYOT Film Fridays
The RYOT also engages youth in The California Endowment's (TCE) 10-year project called Building Healthy Communities, intended to support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Beginning in 2010 and for the next 10 years, this "place-based initiative" will invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the health in 14 California communities.
Richmond is one of these 14 communities, and our project is called Healthy Richmond. Healthy Richmond focuses on a geographic area that includes the Iron Triangle, North Richmond, Belding Woods, Coronado, and Pullman neighborhoods, roughly bounded by Parr Boulevard to the north, Richmond Parkway to the west, Highway 580 to the south, and 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue to the east.
Sample of Programs and Services Offered:
- RYSE Leadership Team (RLT) Skill-based Trainings
- Richmond Youth Organizing Team (RYOT) Club Meetings: Organizing Club is open to any RYSE members who are interested in learning more about how to make change at their schools and in their communities. Meetings feature ongoing training and development for youth organizers.
- RYOT Film Friday: A different political- and/or social justice-related film will be shown on the first Friday of every month.