“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Ghandi
Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.
Monday April 16, 2012:
What started off as an idea in Randell Adjei’s mind, quickly blossomed into a movement greater than he could have expected.
“I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. I am just a vessel helping to push the movement forward.”
RISE began as a small, intimate group of 20 youth sharing their poetry and stories with each other. With each passing week, more and more people had heard about what was going on in the small resource centre located in Scarborough Town Centre. Soon enough, numbers grew exponentially to 50, 90, 125; growing large enough that RISE had to relocate to our current home of Burrows Hall Community Centre. Each week since then, youth have been coming to RISE to share love, be inspired and be amongst a community of other youth looking to make a change.
Danzig BulletsOn July 16, 2012, gunfire erupted at a BBQ held on Danzig Street; 23 people were wounded, and the lives of Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay were taken in what has been dubbed as the worst mass-shooting in Toronto’s history. 10 Minutes away, RISE had just finished its third poetry show of the month. Had RISE not have been happening that evening, some of the youth that had attended, would have been at the BBQ and in-direct risk of harm. Lives were lost, and communities were shaken due to a senseless act of crime that has affected the entirety of Scarborough and Toronto. This was enough confirmation for Randell to continue to RISE and provide a platform for positive and safe self-expression. We are youth providing youth with opportunities to express their creative voice, develop artistic and creative leadership skills, and build capacity for professional artistic practice, while encouraging them to work from a place of love, social consciousness and political engagement.