"I have lived in Richmond since I was a child, and if there had been an RYSE Center while I was growing up, my life may have been different. I have worked in this field for the past 11 years and when this position opened up at RYSE I knew that it was meant for me."
"Since opening RYSE, we have worked to ensure the spirit and story of youth organizing, of dreaming, of taking risks, of listening and learning together remain alive in all we do, all we are, and all we hope and incite. We know that in order to remain reflective of and responsive to the priorities, needs, and interests of young people of color, we must continue to show up in ways that are bold, brave, and beyond the edges of the non-profit industrial complex."
"I love so many aspects of working at RYSE, but I’d really have to highlight the deep community that we build with one another and with our young folks as an amazing part of the work. Additionally, I think the bold leadership of women of color and queer folks at RYSE speaks volumes to our ability to be responsive, rooted, and visionary."