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 37,000+ square foot campus will expand youth program and partnership space by 250%. 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 space by 250%
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
Space for Physical Activity
Outdoor Free-Play and Learning Space
Art Exhibition Space
Media Production Facilities
Makerspace & Pop-Up Shop
Innovation and Business Center
Resources for Diversion and Re-entry
Youth-led Organizing and Base-building
Community Partner Space
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
William B. Walker, M.D.
Cornelia Acosta Sylvester
Thank you to our RYSE Commons investors
Thank you to our Project Partners
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.
RYSE staff and local youth at a workday on the RYSE Commons property.