Rysing From Center to Commons
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 300%.
Over the next 18 months, we need to raise $7.5 million for the new campus construction, design, and implementation.
It will require bold and beloved supporters to bring this vision to life.. The campaign to raise these funds 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.
Young people are Rysing for Richmond. Will you RYSE with them?
Explore the Space
The new RYSE Commons Building will:
Grow our programming space by 300%.
Create new youth-centered healing spaces.
Provide space for community partners to deliver services.
Support community transformation.
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
Become a Groundbreaker for RYSE Commons
Donate $50 or more by April 14th to support the vision for RYSE Commons. As an early Groundbreaker, you will be recognized on our new campus.
If you would prefer to mail us a contribution, please send a check payable to RYSE Center to: RYSE Center, ATTN: RYSE Commons, 205 41st Street, Richmond, CA 94805.
Thank you to early RYSE Commons investors
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.
PICTURED: RYSE staff and local youth at a workday on the RYSE Commons property.