"I read heartfelt notes left on our community altar; heard shouts released during a video game competition and murmurs of quiet consolation in the counseling room; saw colorful marble painting activities and young people connecting over a card game; and listened to poems being read. Where else can we find all of that in the midst of painful experiences? Yet it’s key to healing and creating relationships that allow for transformative change."
This month's blog features a poem and song performed by Creative Healing Arts Assistant and former RYSE Member Nyabingha Zianni. Plus, check out #BlackHistoryMonth2018 re-releases and celebration of other short films, music, and art by young black artists, photos from this year's Youth Leadership Institute, and more.
"From its inception, RYSE was a collaborative effort and we are committed to working in-partnership with community partners to advance the needs and wants of young people, even when it's not easy."
"We are all here because we love this community and the young people who live here. We want to make sure that every young person feels that they are loved."
In the 5th Session of RYSE’s Trauma and Healing Learning Series, we invite you to Revealing White Privilege and Healing Racial Trauma. Dr. Kenneth Hardy, internationally recognized clinician, author, and trainer is returning to share insights to work together to reveal and heal the psychological wounds of white privilege in order enliven justice, reconciliation, and liberation.This session is co-hosted by RYSE and The James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School.
"RYSE cares for members and staff in their varying experiences and relationships to trauma, and in their celebrations as well. I think to be wholly accepted in these ways is a gift. Since working here, I’ve learned a lot from staff and members on how true healing and self-kindness must be cores to our work, so that we can continue loving, and fighting."
The school to prison pipeline is a palpable, powerful, and harmful convergence of structural policies, practices, and punishment of young people of color’s coping, survival, pain, and fortitude. This session will present the dynamics and effects of such convergence and hold space to discuss the implications and obligations to cultivate the policies, practices, and investments to repair the harms and enliven healing and just systems.
This month I dedicated my being to actively using my full body to be in solidarity with communities being affected by systems of oppression. I choose to spend my time advocating and organizing beyond my capacity, to use my platform and identity to challenge institutions that criminalize our community.
My name is Dashia and I am a RYSE youth member, a Public Health intern, and Richmond Air Quality Initiative intern.
To me, youth power is when youth come together to uplift each other and fight for what we believe is right. It is when we learn to recognize our own voices and understand that we can make change in our community. At RYSE, we see youth power in every direction.
In this session, RYSE Center will share our approach and practice of restorative and non-violent communication as a means of building beloved community. We will share what led us to employ this approach with young people, staff, and partners, and consider the necessity and opportunities to create collective commitment, support, and accountability with this approach. The session will include time to run scenarios and situations relevant to y/our work.