Meet the Visionaries Rysing for RYSE Commons

This past October, the RYSE community celebrated a decade of youth power, resilience, love, rage, and our collective work toward liberation for us all. Thank you for joining us in lifting up and celebrating our inspiring and transformative youth leaders.

Here’s looking forward to the next 10 years of RYSE—with the campaign for RYSE Commons, our 37,000+ square foot campus expansion.

We are thrilled to announce that The California Endowment has committed $1 million to our campaign!

We are also thrilled to introduce you to our Capital Campaign Committee.

Meet the Capital Campaign Committee


John Gioia


Lateefah Simon


Lisa Villareal

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William B. Walker, M.D.


Cornelia Acosta Sylvester

Sonia Bustamante

We are Rysing for Richmond.

We are the voices in our community—the voices of young people, adult allies, parents, educators, organizers, leaders, RYSE alumni, and more—rysing in support of RYSE Commons. Here’s our story.

Will you Ryse with us?

November at RYSE

This month, RYSE youth completed and unveiled their “Keep Families Together” community mural at the Richmond Art Center and at the 8th Annual SF Youth Arts Summit, celebrated winning Measure H at our annual election night party, and attended the Youth Organizing California (YO! Cali) Steering Committee Retreat in Fresno. Check out some of those photos, plus more from recent youth organizing meetings and celebrating our Youth of Honor Awardees recognized by the Courageous & Emerging Leadership Academy and RPAL. Read more about this month’s highlights below.


Upcoming Events

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Full of Cheer: A “Feed the Family” Gathering

Saturday, December 15 from 12 - 3 PM

FREE and open to children, youth, and their families:

  • Food for families

  • Winter goody bags for children (12 and under)

  • RYSE hoodies & beanies giveaway (21 and under)

  • Eye exams & glasses from Vision to Learn

  • Coffee & hot chocolate station

  • Arts and crafts

  • and more

Each winter, RYSE hosts this event for families to provide warm food, clothes, art activities, and onsite services to ring in the holidays.

Learn more about the ways you can support!


Support RYSE at Flipcause’s Holiday Party

Join Flipcause at their FREE holiday party!

Each RSVP includes an open bar and 2 donation tokens worth $5 each. Flipcause is donating $10 on behalf of every guest to nonprofits featured at the event. Join us at the party to put those donations tokens toward RYSE!

WHEN: Saturday, December 15 from 7 PM - 12 AM
Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway, Oakland