Youthtopia: In the Face of Gentrification is a multimedia showcase written and performed by Richmond youth. Through spoken word, dance, music, visual, and video arts, explore the stories and experiences as told by our communities’ young people as they root themselves against displacement, prejudice, and systems of oppression.
This Black History Month, we’re excited to spotlight youth artists, Anii and Emani and their latest creative works at RYSE. Listen to their music and short story, and read their artist statements to learn more about these young visionaries. This February, RYSE youth participated in a Spring Leadership Institute, College Week, the 2nd Annual Black Joy Parade in downtown Oakland, and more.
“As a therapist at RYSE, I co-create holistic healing spaces, grounded in social justice, with and for young people to share their pain, joy, disappointments, truths and dreams… I love that I get to be a part of young people’s healing journeys. Healing is hard work and there is also a lot of laughter and celebration in the process.”
“My favorite thing about RYSE is the people, I make new friends and participate in many programs with them.”
“My favorite thing about RYSE is that their main focus is on the youth and trying get us to be more involved in our community and stand up for what we believe in. I also love how everyone is accepted no matter race, gender, or ethnicity.”