Youth Organizing Overview
RYSE is committed to youth leadership and organizing and supports youth leadership through the Richmond Youth Organizing Team (RYOT).
The RYOT is a group of eight youth interns who are grounded in social justice principles and values. Interns participate in leadership training, explore issues in their communities, develop community organizing skills, and coordinate events to educate their peers. Interns also receive the holistic support services and trainings provided by the other departments at RYSE.
The RYOT weekly schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays: RYOT Meetings/Trainings
Wednesdays: Organizing Club
Thursdays: Gender Groups & Academic & Career Planning
Fridays: RYOT Film Fridays
The RYOT Organizing Club is a group of both interns and RYSE members working together to create a safe, healthy, and youth-friendly Richmond through organizing campaigns and base-building.
The purpose of RYOT is to ensure that young people serve as key stakeholders and decision-makers on issues and policies impacting their individual and collective health and well-being, and spark the transformation of Richmond as a youth-friendly city.
RYOT also engages youth in The California Endowment's (TCE) 10-year project called Building Healthy Communities, which is intended to support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
Beginning in 2010 and for the next 10 years, this "place-based initiative" will invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the health in 14 California communities.
RYOT Core Principles
- Young people have the emotional, physical, and political safety to acquire tools, skills, and resources they need to understand and change inequities.
- Systems takeover by next generation leaders committed to a platform for liberation in which race, gender, sexuality, and/or asexual orientation are central.
- No policy, investment, or practice about young people of color without young people of color.
- Systems, both in policy and praxis, are responsive to the priorities and needs of young people as defined by young people.
Youth Organizing Resources
Teach-In: Resources For Youth Organizing
- Student Movements Resources for and about student movements across the globe.
Know Your Roots: Resources About Community Organizing and History
American Civil Rights Movement
- Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
An online exhibit documenting events during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
La Raza Movement
- Graphics of the Chicano Movement in California
Collection of posters/images from the Chicano Movement.
- The Latino History Project
Local and national Latino History from the Oakland Museum of California.
Migration and Immigration
- Migration in California
Overview of various ethnic migrations in California from the 1920s.
- New Americans
Companion to the film series on the modern American immigrant experience.
- Second Wave Feminism
Audio and video resources for the women’s movement of the 1970s.
- Women of Protest
Photo collection from the fight for women’s right to vote.
- Stonewall Uprising
Video and resources about a defining moment in the LGBTQ Movement in the United States.
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Text @RYSERYOT to 81010 for updates from Youth Organizing.
Jamileh Ebrahimi, Director of Youth Organizing
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