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We envision a community … where the sounds of gunshots have been replaced by the sounds of … laughter and learning.

RYSE Center’s Vision Statement

Trauma-Informed Care in Richmond

The trauma of exposure to violence haunts individuals long after the physical evidence of the event has faded, according to the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study, an ongoing collaborative research project between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Researchers from these institutions have found that traumatic experiences, such as childhood exposure to violence, are strongly correlated to being diagnosed in adulthood with health issues.

“In recent years, some Cal Wellness grantees have expanded their focus to include measuring risk factors for violence, while other grantees provide trauma-informed services to address an imbalance between high levels of crime and few onramps to employment,” said Cal Wellness Program Director Julio Marcial, who manages grantmaking related to violence prevention. “This is an evidence-based tool that measures and helps address the impact of violence and resulting trauma on individuals and their communities.”

Kanwarpal Dhaliwal of the RYSE Center, a Cal Wellness grantee that provides a wide range of programs for youth, shared how delivering trauma-informed care serves young people impacted by interpersonal and community violence in Richmond.

“The trauma-informed lens, from the RYSE vantage point, understands that violence and trauma are structural and historical, personal and collective,” she said. “The dominant frame of violence prevention describes young people in terms of being problems or risks that have to be fixed or contained. We see it differently. When young people enter RYSE, they are already perfect. We see them as full of possibility.”

 

 

Our Work

  • We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
  • We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
  • We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
  • We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
  • We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.


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