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.

New Report “Beyond Bars” released. Read it, share it, and demand that your lawmakers act on it!

Recent News

Putting Youth First Means Closing Youth Prisons

Watch this powerful YouTube video. Prisons Don't Work! https://youtu.be/hLyrGeBjKwY

Poll Results on Youth Justice Reform in Virginia

A new poll shows that Virginians of all political stripes support shifting the youth justice…


Thank you Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant for standing with youth and families and investing in community-based…

Giving Thanks!

Thank you Sen. Mark Obenshain for helping our most vulnerable youth by investing community-based alternatives…