Thank you to everyone who celebrated the RYSE Commons Groundbreaking with us. We are grateful to everyone who joined us—whether it was in person, through our Facebook livestream, or in spirit—last Friday, September 6, 2019, as we celebrated the bold dreams of young people in this community. Here are our photos from the event!
As part of the Education for Liberation summer internship program, we develop our youth leadership skills through participating and facilitating a series of storytelling, healing, and educational justice workshops.
RYSE Commons will be a space where young educators like us can continue to learn how to build equity within our education system, and disrupt the cradle-to-prison pipeline.
As with all other RYSE projects, the plans for RYSE Commons began by listening to youth and their needs first.
From their feedback, the team identified the need for balance between “active” and “chill” spaces—so youth can exercise together physically or engage in activities with a quieter energy.
A vibrant community garden where young people can grow vegetables for our teaching kitchen was a must, as was a meditative, healing garden. A full basketball court was needed, but also benches, patios, and terraces where young people can just gather to talk with their friends.
As part of the Advanced Media Producer (AMP) internship program, we work specifically to expand the music and audio horizons of our youth peers at RYSE. For us, sound and audio production are forms of healing and community building.
RYSE Commons will provide young artists like us with newfound hope and inspiration.
RYSE is excited to share that we’ve closed with Opportunity Fund’s New Markets Tax Credits program, in partnership with Raza Development Fund, Community Vision, and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, an $11 MM loan to finance our RYSE Commons. Please save the date for our official groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 6th 2019.