Meet the Winners


Jahiem Jones

Jahiem Jones works to dismantle systems of oppression that continuously impact the lives of black and brown communities physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. He works with peers, adult allies, and community groups to create safe spaces in Richmond schools and in the community at large.

As a freshman at Kennedy High School, Jahiem has devoted his time to redefining and creating a positive school climate for all schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He is a member of LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) and DLCAP (District Local Control Accountability Plan), where he has learned the roles of the school administration as well as how the school funding system operates. In his community, Jahiem has attended rallies, marches, and meetings to push back on issues of gentrification in Richmond and in the Bay Area. He created and led a gentrification workshop at the RYSE Youth Center to educate, inform, and discuss this topic with his peers.

Jahiem is a Richmond Youth Organizing Team Intern at the RYSE Center, where he works to raise awareness around a number of community issues, including mental health, food justice, and environmental concerns. Jahiem is committed to turning ideas into action and has been instrumental in advocating for real change for himself, his peers, and his community.