RYOT Media and News

When you think of Richmond, what do you picture? Our perceptions of Richmond are greatly influenced by the narratives told in corporate media. The influence of media is so great that Richmond becomes defined. Yet, which stories are told? And which stories are left unheard?

RYOT is committed to changing the narrative of Richmond and defining the real Richmond through developing media and being in the news. RYOT media can be seen at richmondyot.tumblr.com and the RichmondYOT Youtube page. By sharing these posts, you can play a part in changing the narrative.

Radio Stories

“Why Do You Come To RYSE?”

The RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, CA is home to a whirlwind of activity for youth including music, digital arts, writing, and activism. In this segment (and first installment of RYOT Radio!), the Richmond Youth Organizing Team collaborates to ask RYSE members “Why Do You Come to RYSE?” This segment was produced from conception to interviews, script writing and narration interviews by the team in less than one hour as part of a media challenge.

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Produced by RYOT Radio
Script Writer/Producer: Julian Huendo & Anure McGee
Interviewers & Recorders: Luis Azarate, Esonia Kepa, Charronda Sharp, Tylesha Lax, & Monica Velazco
Photographers: Carnisha Martin and Aleyah Garcia


Youth-Led Candidates Forum Media Coverage

Richmond Youth Question Mayoral and Council Candidates in Debate by Richmond Confidential

Jóvenes de Richmond interrogan a candidatos a la alcadía by Univision 14

Livestream: Youth-Led Candidates Forum by RYSE Center

Close to 100 youth and adults attended the only youth moderated candidates forum in Richmond on October 4, 2014. Hosted by the RYSE Center, the Invest in Youth Coalition and the League of Women’s Voters, the forum was moderated by two members of the Richmond Youth Organizing Team. Candidates for short term, full term and mayor answered questions from the moderators and youth in the audience.

#SolutionsNot Suspensions Focus of “Sisters and Brothers” at the Capitol 


RYOT and RYSE’s Richmond Leadership Team traveled to Sacramento and participated at the “Sisters and Brothers at the Capitol” for Advocacy Week. Over 300 youth attended the Capitol to speak with legislatures on issues affecting their community. The school to prison pipeline was a special focus.


Building Leadership: Sons and Brothers Leadership Camp

Sons and Brothers Leadership Camp220 miles away in the small town of Portola near Plumas National Park, a group of young men from Richmond participated in the Sons and Brothers Summer Leadership Camp from July 20-26. The leadership camp focuses on empowering young men of color to be leaders in their community.


 From the Beast to the Fridge: A Salvadoran’s Youth Journey to the U.S

Note:Originally published in Richmond Pulse, Luis Cubas, former RYSE member and current Richmond Pulse contributor writes a story on the current migration of Central American youth to the U.S border. 

“From the moment I woke up, I realized there was something unusual about the morning. The sun wasn’t out, the birds weren’t singing, and instead of the school bus my dad would be taking me to school. I soon realized why that bus hadn’t come: walking to school my dad and I passed two white sheets lying on the ground, both of them stained with blood.”

New Mural at RYSE Speaks to Values and Support for the Arts

RYSE MuralThe new “RYSE Values Mural” sprawls like a woven tapestry of color on the wall facing MacDonald Avenue at 41stStreet. The mural unveiling event held late June celebrated the completion with RYSE staff, youth members, city and county officials & public in attendance. The RYSE Values Mural is a literal and graphic representation of the center’s values.


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