"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."
“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 →
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.
Celebrate 10 years of RYSE this October at events including an family open house, partner appreciation brunch and spa day, movie night, teacher appreciation happy hour, and more!
We close out our month of celebrations with a 10 Years and RYSing Club Night (21+) on Friday, October 26th. RSVP your ticket now!
Plus, learn more about our giving campaign. Help us reach $10,000 for 10 more years of RYSE!
Tj Sykes shares an original poem “Peace Warrior” in which he explores how “We are superheroes, we just don't see it. We think the powers we possess are not already super powers.” Plus, photos from the RYSE multimedia showcase “Lead with Love,” community event “Night Out for Safety and Liberation,” and more.
“The most rewarding experience was getting to know more about schools, students and issues in my community. Also understanding factors that cause these problems in the community and actually creating a plan to address it.” Read more about Alexy’s work as a YPAR intern and learn about some of his research findings.