Our Mission

RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan organization committed to dismantling the youth prison model and ensuring every space that impacts a young person’s life encourages growth and success. RISE promotes the creation of healthy communities and community-based alternatives to youth incarceration. Our work centers youth and their communities who together, challenge racial and social injustice in Virginia.

General Assembly Session 2021

We are working hard to continue making strides toward creating a healthier and more equitable Commonwealth for our youth this year during the 2021 General Assembly session. While there are many important reforms expected to take place in the adult system, we continue to prioritize our youth and families to create systems that restore and repair, and not systems that perpetuate trauma and harm. Take a look at our 2021 Legislative Agenda here.

Recent News


Thank you Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant for standing with youth and families and investing in community-based alternatives, not prison.

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Giving Thanks!

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

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