Richmond Youth Center Winter Wonderland

12:00 pm-4:00 pm

Richmond Youth Center Winter Wonderland

RYSE Winter Wonderland Community Event
205 41st Street
Richmond, CA 94805

We honored and excited to be heading out to Richmond on Saturday to serve up hot drinks and good cheer for the RYSE 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland as well as their 5th anniversary.  Food, music, arts and crafts, tree decorating and more!  RYSE will be handing out 500 toys on a first come first serve basis.  Details are below:

RYSE emerged out of needs identified by local youth organizers after the tragic killing of four high school students in December 2000. The deaths galvanized youth and adult allies to address the root causes of violence in and around their communities. In 2002, Youth Together, a community based leadership and educational justice organization organized a “Youth Speak Out Against Violence” forum to acknowledge the experiences and insights of young people in the community.  Youth voiced their views on the causes of, and potential solutions to, the violence.  A lack of “things to do” rose to the top as a root cause of violence.

In the following months, Youth Together campaigned for a new youth center by conducting a community-wide survey, making presentations to public officials and agencies, and building support for their vision.  In 2005, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia identified a 6,600 square foot vacant county building in Richmond to house the center.  In partnership with City, County, School District, community, and youth partners, Supervisor Gioia and Youth Together spearheaded a plan to convert the vacant building into a comprehensive youth center.

RYSE opened in 2008 and still meets the original vision for a safe space for youth to “hang out” and participate in programs and services.