Positive Youth Justice Initiative: Organizing for a Healthy Justice System

RYSE Youth Center — Contra Costa County

Created from a Richmond youth-led response to heightened violence in 2008, the RYSE Youth Center was designed according to priorities and solutions identified by youth. As the coordinating organization of the Contra Costa Youth Justice Coalition, RYSE serves in-risk youth ages 13 to 21 who experience disparity, limited opportunity and/or system intervention at every indicator of health and well-being. The RYSE Youth Center creates a safe space where youth feel empowered to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities.


Youth Services Bureau
Catholic Charities
Public Counsel
W. Haywood Burns Institute