About Rise For Youth

RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign in support of community alternatives to youth incarceration.

Our Goals:

Increase the likelihood that youth will become law-abiding adults by investing in community- based alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement.

Reduce the number of youth arrested, referred, under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Close Virginia’s juvenile prisons and re-invest savings from their closure into evidence-informed, community-based alternatives that will keep youth at home with their families and communities and keep communities safer.

Build a true continuum of evidence-informed placements for youth that cannot safely remain in their homes.

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Recent News

Coalition Calls on Task Force to Consider Smaller Facilities, Continuum of Community-Based Care for Youth & Include Impacted Youth, Families, and Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: May 31, 2016 Jeree Thomas, Esq. JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center…

Upcoming Opportunities to Make Your Voice Heard!

Image from the Performing Statistics Project The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice is holding both…

Youth for RISE Advocacy Network Launch Block Party!

Advocacy Network Launch Block Party The Youth for RISE Advocacy Network is for youth and…

Daily News Record: Buchanan: Jailing Kids Doesn't Solve Anything

Open Forum Author: Liz Buchanan On April 20, the Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Terry…