"I fight for those who can't fight, don't know/understand how to fight, or don't have the resources."
"I read heartfelt notes left on our community altar; heard shouts released during a video game competition and murmurs of quiet consolation in the counseling room; saw colorful marble painting activities and young people connecting over a card game; and listened to poems being read. Where else can we find all of that in the midst of painful experiences? Yet it’s key to healing and creating relationships that allow for transformative change."
"From its inception, RYSE was a collaborative effort and we are committed to working in-partnership with community partners to advance the needs and wants of young people, even when it's not easy."
"We are all here because we love this community and the young people who live here. We want to make sure that every young person feels that they are loved."
"RYSE cares for members and staff in their varying experiences and relationships to trauma, and in their celebrations as well. I think to be wholly accepted in these ways is a gift. Since working here, I’ve learned a lot from staff and members on how true healing and self-kindness must be cores to our work, so that we can continue loving, and fighting."
This month I dedicated my being to actively using my full body to be in solidarity with communities being affected by systems of oppression. I choose to spend my time advocating and organizing beyond my capacity, to use my platform and identity to challenge institutions that criminalize our community.
"I am constantly inspired by the way the RYSE community rallies around one another during challenging times. Earlier this month, when DACA came under attack, I was touched and inspired by the way we came together to express our concerns, frustration, and outrage while leading with love for community and one another. We often talk about leading with love and being fueled by both love and rage, and in that moment I once again saw those principles in action. It was a beautiful moment, even if we should never have found ourselves in that situation in the first place."
"I love so many aspects of working at RYSE, but I’d really have to highlight the deep community that we build with one another and with our young folks as an amazing part of the work. Additionally, I think the bold leadership of women of color and queer folks at RYSE speaks volumes to our ability to be responsive, rooted, and visionary."