What is RYSE and what does it stand for?

RYSE is a youth center born out of the organizing efforts of Richmond and West County young people who were determined to create safe spaces for themselves and their peers. Named by the founding youth council, RYSE is not an acronym but a bold call to action inclusive of the many diverse communities that we serve.

Who does RYSE serve?

The RYSE Center is open to all youth between the ages of 13 and 21.

When is RYSE open?

September–June Hours:
Monday–Friday, 12:00 PM–8:00 PM
Thursdays, 2:30 PM-8:00 PM
July–August Hours:
Monday–Friday, 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
Thursdays, 2:30 PM-8:00 PM

Schedule may vary pending holidays, special events, and staff trainings.

How can I become a member and what are the requirements?

To become a member, youth should stop by Monday-Friday between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM to get a tour of the space from one of our staff members. The youth will then complete an online application and sign up for orientation, which takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

How much does it cost?

All of RYSE’s youth services and programs are provided at no cost to members.

If I sign up, do I have to come every day?

Participation in RYSE programs is voluntary. Although we encourage youth to engage in the many activities that we regularly offer, daily attendance is not mandatory.

Do my parents have to go with me to sign up? Does my parent need to fill out or sign anything?

Parents/guardians are welcome to tour the Center with their youth to familiarize themselves with the space, but they are not required to be present or sign any forms.

Can I take the application home?

Applications must be completed at the Center.

Can I be here during school hours?

If a youth under the age of 18 comes to RYSE during school hours, a staff person will notify their parent/guardian to confirm that it is okay for them to be at the Center. After confirming with the parent/guardian, the youth must meet with a member of the RYSE Education & Justice team to assess their needs.

How do I become a RYSE volunteer?

For inquiries about volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

How does RYSE keep youth safe?

The RYSE Community commits to safety so all young people and staff feel comfortable and confident being themselves while broadening their horizons. More broadly, safety is defined at RYSE as emotional and physical safety for both members and staff. With our mission as our mandate, RYSE strives for safety by:

  1. Upholding a culture that is based on the values of partnership, youth leadership, justice and equity, fun, and creativity. This is further maintained by the RYSE House Agreements that youth are introduced to during their Membership Orientation.
  2. Having a highly trained staff who are equipped with all the tools necessary to engage with members and adults even in the most challenging situations.
  3. Implementing responsive policies and protocols that are anchored in youth development and trauma-informed care best practices.
  4. Establishing strong community partnerships that expand access to a variety of resources and allow RYSE to work across fields and sectors to better serve young people.