We're following your lead
At RYSE, we've created a safe space for you to chase your dreams, lead your movements, and transform your communities.
What we have for you
Programming at RYSE is anchored in the belief that young people have the lived knowledge and expertise to identify, prioritize, and direct the programs, activities, and services necessary to benefit their well being. To be a RYSE member, you must be between the ages of 13 to 21. Please bring with you a photo ID.
Stop by anytime at 205 41st Street @ MacDonald or call us with Q's: (510) 374-3401.
Click through below for our calendar of events.
We envision strong, healthy, united communities where equity is the norm and violence is neither desired nor required, creating a strong foundation for future generations to thrive.
Meet the people who are helping create safe spaces grounded in social justice.
RYSE Programs are designed to provide you with the tools to build a better city.
RYSE strives to be a space that meets the needs of Richmond and West Contra Costa County youth. For those who are unable to access the Center or whose needs are beyond the scope of our services, we offer these resources.
Become a member
To become a member, 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. You’ll then complete an online application and sign up for orientation, which takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. To be a RYSE member, you must be between the ages of 13 to 21.
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, one of our first ever RYSE youth members and alumnus, Will Haynes, made this video to reflect on his journey with RYSE from the very beginning: since October 18, 2008, RYSE’s opening day. Watch the video →
“My name is Marlen Gonzalez. I am 15 years old, a student at John Henry High School, and I am a RYOT (Richmond Youth Organizing Team) intern at RYSE. On September 14th, I supported RYSE at the 3rd annual La Feria de Septiembre event for our community to come together and learn about Chicanx, Latinx and Afro-Latinx history and heritage in a safe space where everyone is accepted.”
Read Marlen’s letter →
To ALL our young people who are carrying the unjust pain of gender violence, sexual violence, RYSE loves you, we believe you, we are here for you, we are enraged for and with you, and we are committed to you.
To ALL our adult systems and partners responsible for the safety and affirmation of our young people, we must do and be better. Gender violence and sexual violence are pervasive and “normalized” in our community, and at every level. No system, city, school, salary range is excepted.
Read our full statement.
Celebrate 10 years of RYSE this October at events including an family open house, partner appreciation brunch and spa day, movie night, teacher appreciation happy hour, and more!
We close out our month of celebrations with a 10 Years and RYSing Club Night (21+) on Friday, October 26th. RSVP your ticket now!
Plus, learn more about our giving campaign. Help us reach $10,000 for 10 more years of RYSE!
Help us raise $8,670 to purchase 400 high quality hoodies and 200 beanies to provide to families at RYSE's annual Full of Cheer: A “Feed the Family” Gathering.
Tj Sykes shares an original poem “Peace Warrior” in which he explores how “We are superheroes, we just don't see it. We think the powers we possess are not already super powers.” Plus, photos from the RYSE multimedia showcase “Lead with Love,” community event “Night Out for Safety and Liberation,” and more.
“The most rewarding experience was getting to know more about schools, students and issues in my community. Also understanding factors that cause these problems in the community and actually creating a plan to address it.” Read more about Alexy’s work as a YPAR intern and learn about some of his research findings.
You’re invited to La Feria de Septiembre, a celebratory event honoring the hxstory, legacy, and resistance of the indigenous and Latin American community; our ancestry, cultural practices, and traditions.
Self-determination is rooted in place, led by those who know best what is needed in their lives. Let’s dream it into reality: RYSE Commons, a sanctuary in which the next generation can thrive.
On Tuesday, August 7th, join the RYSE Center in redefining safety beyond fear, punishment, policing, and incarceration. This free community event features art & performances, resources, family-friendly activities, food, and fun!