A youth center grounded in social justice and leadership, RYSE is a safe space in a troubled neighborhood, created as a community response to the December 2000 murder of four Richmond high school students. Now serving 1,500 students annually, the Media, Arts and Culture program helps Richmond and West Contra Costa County youth respond to pressing community needs through engagement, active participation, and advocacy. Although its original partner, Hewlett Foundation grantee Youth Movement Records, closed its doors earlier this year, RYSE continues to deliver after-school and evening visual arts, music, and video production programs that support young artists with high-quality, industry-standard training and education. First-time support for this organization would enable it to further strengthen its arts programming.
About the Grantee
3939 Bissell Avenue, Richmond, CA, 94805, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
The RYSE Center works to create a space grounded in social justice that helps young people to transform their lives and communities in Richmond, California. The organization works to ensure young people have the emotional, physical, and political safety to acquire tools, skills, and resources to understand and change systemic inequities. This grant will support RYSE to achieve their mission more broadly around youth-led education advocacy. (Substrategy: Student and Community Voice)
for organizational adaptation
RYSE Center is a Richmond-based organization that engages youth by providing them the tools to build a better city and county. Its programs focus on equity and justice; community health; youth organizing; and media, arts, and culture. The latter program’s suite of activities, including workshops, field trips, creative projects, performances, and internships, engage more than 500 youth in approximately 60 projects and 40 events each year, reaching more than 2,000 audience members. This grant will support RYSE Center’s adaptation planning and implementation, advancing the Performing Arts Program’s Youth strategy.