Staff Spotlight: Mikaela Wilburn, Career Pathways Specialist

Staff Spotlight: Mikaela Wilburn, Career Pathways Specialist

“I have met some young people who now hold a big piece of my heart. I love how they continually floor me with how amazing young leaders they are. I love so much watching them claim small victories every day whether it be a good grade, speaking up for themselves, or getting an interview opportunity. The energy and joy they exude is infectious and I always love sharing those moments.”

Staff Spotlight: Youth Organizing Team, Diana Diaz-Noriega and Carlos Lemus

Staff Spotlight: Youth Organizing Team, Diana Diaz-Noriega and Carlos Lemus

"Our youth are constantly giving back to community, making ends meet through their organizing, art, and storytelling. Through a sharing of healing and cultural practices we build community, re-ground ourselves, and stop as needed to prevent youth burnout. Our youth understand that our liberation is bound up with each others, so the need to work together, listen to each other, and love each other is crucial and ever so impactful in our collective movement towards liberation."

September at RYSE: #YoungPeopleLead

September at RYSE: #YoungPeopleLead

“My name is Marlen Gonzalez. I am 15 years old, a student at John Henry High School, and I am a RYOT (Richmond Youth Organizing Team) intern at RYSE. On September 14th, I supported RYSE at the 3rd annual La Feria de Septiembre event for our community to come together and learn about Chicanx, Latinx and Afro-Latinx history and heritage in a safe space where everyone is accepted.”

Read Marlen’s letter

#BelieveSurvivors: RYSE's Demand for Gender Justice

#BelieveSurvivors: RYSE's Demand for Gender Justice

To ALL our young people who are carrying the unjust pain of gender violence, sexual violence, RYSE loves you, we believe you, we are here for you, we are enraged for and with you, and we are committed to you.

To ALL our adult systems and partners responsible for the safety and affirmation of our young people, we must do and be better. Gender violence and sexual violence are pervasive and “normalized” in our community, and at every level. No system, city, school, salary range is excepted.

Read our full statement.