Author Archives: Ayisah Yusuf

Rooted In Community 2017: Greensboro, NC #RICisLit #RIC2017 #Greensboro2017

RIC 2017 in Greensboro, NC is officially a wrap folks. We want to give mad shoutouts to Bevelyn, Noah, Re Re, Jada & the whole NC planning team ya’ll the real MVPs. Also wanna give mad props to Ari, John & Beatriz for holding down RIC on our national board making sure the NC Team had what they needed. CC & her media team with Ayisah helped to document this amazing gathering stay tooned for more pics & videos. Transplanting […]

Generating Radical Kinship: Rooted In Community Winter Leadership Institute 2017 #RIC2017 #RICWLI #RICBoston

This past weekend on President’s Day was the 2nd Rooted In Community Winter Leadership Institute held in Boston/Sandwich, MA at Camp Burgess from Friday February 17th-Monday February 20th. The format was a mix of pre-planned workshops and open space time. The goal of the Winter Leadership Institute was to give adults that work with youth an opportunity to share experiences, get questions answered, and build relationships. RIC defines “adult” based on the leadership role that they have – not based […]

2016 RIC Regional Gathering at Pie Ranch in CA: A Blog by BEETS

Here is an awesome blog post written by one of our amazing organizations BEETS a youth group of Community Grows. They attend the 2016 RIC regional gathering at Pie Ranch in California back in July. Here is their experiences:

Guild House Farm attends Rooted in Community Leadership Summit #RIC2016

Check out this reflection from Ari Rosenberg & Lacretia Jefferson from Greener Partners Guild House who participated in RIC 2016.

Rooted In Community 2016: Olympia, Washington #RIC2016 #OfftheRICterscale #OlympiaRIC #GRuBLife #StoptheOilTrains

Last week was the 18th Annual Rooted In Community National Youth Food Justice Leadership Summit. This summer GRuB hosted this year who are out of Olympia, Washington and always bring it every year they attend. This year marks the 12 year anniversary of GRuB hosting RIC back in 2004 so it was about time we collaborated again. GRuB stands for Garden Raised Urban Bounty. Through their GRuB in the Schools Initiative, disengaged and/or low-income students earn credits while learning about […]

RIC Write Up from Mora Youth Anthony Heredia from RIC 2016 #RIC2016

My name is Anthony Heredia, and I am a part of Sembrando Semillas in Mora. This year myself and other youth from Sembrando Semillas were able to attend “Rooted In Community Youth Summit” to represent NM Acequia Association, acequia youth, and our own communities. Rooted In Community (RIC) is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. This years Rooted In Community Youth Summit was held in Olympia, WA at the Evergreen College. The […]

Charged up for RIC Youth Leadership Summit 2015 Detroit, MI 7/15-19-2015

  120 Young leaders and adult mentors unite in Detroit, MI for the 17th annual Rooted in Community Youth Food Justice and Leadership Conference this Weds July 15-19th 2015.  Teen and young adult leaders from 22 Food Sovereignty and Justice Communities nation-wide will gather for 4 days of best-practice sharing in agriculture and holistic health empowerment and will participate leadership development trainings, ritual, play, creative arts, and movement building sessions. These youth represent communites nation wide from Nican Tlaca Turtle Island […]

What does RIC mean to me?- An Ode to the Movement by Ayisah Yusuf

“Working with Rooted In Community is a big inspiration in my life as I know I am making a difference in the communities of youth across the country and all over the world one bite at a time.” I started working with Rooted in Community the summer of 2012 when I participated in their summer summit in Ames, Iowa. At first I didn’t know much about RIC other then that they worked a lot with youth. Once I participated in […]

100 youth leaders from national food movement march on Wendy’s in Albuquerque, NM!

Rooted in Community (RIC) makes Wendy’s a stop on its annual Youth Summit march! Rooted in Community (RIC) is a national network of young food movement leaders that empowers youth across the country to take up leadership in the struggle to change unjust food systems.  A highlight of RIC’s work is the annual Youth Summit, an eagerly anticipated national gathering which took place in Albuquerque this year and was, as always, a high-energy weekend, filled with field trips to local indigenous reservations, workshops on different gardening methods, […]

Happy Earth Life,The Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in the Nations Capital & The Labeling of GMOs in Vermont by: Ayisah Yusuf

Happy Belated Earth Day Everyone! I hope everyone had a great time celebrating our Mother Earth in all her glory. In honer of Earth Day (or how I like to say it Earth Life because everyday is a good day to celebrate our mother) I felt it would be a good time to talk about the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Native American farmers, ranchers, community members and environmentalists from the Cowboy Indian Alliance who were out in our nations […]