Field Building

RYSE employs a core set of strategies that are grounded in racial justice, trauma-informed care, healing, and harm reduction and that elevate the lived expertise of young people. Among these strategies are Radical Inquiry and Base-and-Power Building, which facilitate systems transformation.

Our Field Building Work 

As a learning organization that values partnership and innovation, we offer these tools outlining our model, best practices, and lessons to expand the field of youth development and liberation work. These resources have been recognized both locally and nationally and presented at:

  • American Public Health Association Conference
  • Facing Race
  • Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Conference
  • National Network for Hospital Based Violence Intervention Program Conference
  • Kaiser Diversity Conference
  • National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice
  • Washington State Student Support Conference
  • Creating Change
  • CA ACEs Conference
  • Echo Parenting

Our Impact

  • 98% of RYSE members report feeling safer at RYSE than anywhere else.

  • RYSE serves an average of 200 youth every month.

  • 91% of RYSE members reported that RYSE helped them pay more attention to their emotions and feelings (de-stigmatizing mental health).

  • 90% of members report that coming to RYSE helped them to better understand LGBTQQ issues.

RYSE Field Building Publications

PLEASE NOTE: Everything below is copyrighted by RYSE, Inc. and cannot be used without our express written permission. Contact us to learn more about using RYSE publications:


Three years ago, RYSE launched the Listening Campaign (LC), a community-engaged inquiry to better understand young people's experiences and articulations of trauma, violence, coping, and healing. This report is a detailed analysis of our findings.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study looked at how biopsychosocial experiences in childhood affected adult chronic disease, mental illness, and experiences with violence. RYSE expands on the original ACEs pyramid in this report.

In 2015, the CA Children’s Defense Fund released Helping Children Heal: Promising Community Programs and Policy Recommendations, which highlighted RYSE as a success in encouraging trauma-informed policy change.

This is a summary of Listening Campaign findings based on RYSE values that include recommendations for community members, schools, service providers, policy and decision makers, and young people.



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