RYSE exists because young people of color envisioned it. They called on adults to listen, invest, and rethink young people’s place in the city. 

Today, youth are Rysing.

Their art enlivens the streets and their ideas shape local policies, leading toward a Richmond and West Contra Costa where their stories can thrive. Now RYSE is deepening our roots and raising up a new structure to better hold and amplify youth voice: RYSE Commons. Renovating our existing center into a 45,000 square foot campus will expand youth programs and partnerships by 300%. It will require bold and beloved supporters to bring this vision to life. The campaign to build RYSE Commons will be led by love - our love of this city, of the possibility the future holds, and of the youth who hold that future in their hands. 

RYSing from Center to Commons

RYSE Commons will be a hub for healing, personal development, play, expression, incubating ideas, performances, art, launching businesses, exploring technology, connecting with universities and partners.

The expansion will:

  • Increase our indoor/outdoor healing-oriented programming by 300%

  • Create new youth-centered sanctuary and healing spaces that includes increased access to primary care and mental health services

  • Support community transformation by creating additional space to engage partners in shared educational opportunities

  • Increase our capacity to co-house critical support programs and services with community and systems partners

  • Provide access to high-quality facilities for technology exploration, workforce development, and media production

  • Increase opportunities to engage parents, guardians, and extended support systems

  • Expand our age range for youth ages 11 - 24

What youth-driven components will RYSE Commons include?

  • Sanctuary and Healing Space

  • Counseling and Peer-Support Rooms

  • Hangout Spaces

  • Space for Physical Activity

  • Outdoor Free-Play and Learning Space

  • Performance Theater

  • Art Exhibition Space

  • Art Studio

  • Computer Labs

  • Media Production Facilities

  • Makerspace & Pop-Up Shop

  • Innovation and Business Center

  • Academic Assistance

  • Resources for Diversion and Re-entry

  • Teaching Kitchen

  • Garden Space

  • Youth-led Organizing and Base-building

  • Community Partner Space

Project Updates

We’re Rysing for Richmond

Will you Ryse with us?

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.

Support RYSE Commons

Meet our Capital Campaign Committee

John Gioia

Lateefah Simon

Lisa Villarreal

William B. Walker, M.D.

Cornelia Acosta Sylvester

Sonia Bustamante

Alvaro Fuentes

Ken Ikeda

Thank you to our funders and investors

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Thank you to our Project Partners

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We are building and realizing a beloved community


Years of collaboration, persistence, and strategic effort have led to this moment, and we look forward to sharing our progress with you. Please contact RYSE if you have any questions.

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RYSE staff and local youth at a workday on the RYSE Commons property.

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