What’s the party like when an anniversary and Halloween are tied together? RYSE Center, a community-based development and educational center for youth, had its third anniversary event Saturday, with plenty of spooky elements – a haunted house, face painting and a costume contest – as well as a bouncy house, musical chairs and a pie-eating contest.
The free event attracted dozens of people, who played games and danced. Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin spoke. McLaughlin called RYSE “a perfect place, a safe place that helps young people to connect better.” She also said the center helped to nurture young people into “change-makers.”
During the last three years, RYSE has provided comprehensive programs for youth in the community, including arts, leadership and new media.