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.

Juneteenth Event!

On Saturday, June 19th at 12pm, join RISE for Youth and Community 50/50 for our first annual Juneteenth event—the Keep Our Kids Free: Youth Talent Showcase & Block Party! This free, youth-led afternoon will recognize Juneteenth 2021, a celebration of 156 years of emancipation.

From 12:00pm to 3:00pm we’ll have live music, vendors, and more, at Six Points Innovation Center, at 3001 Meadowbridge Road in Richmond, highlighting talented young people from across the city.

So, mask up, bring your family, friends and neighbors, and get ready to celebrate our history, culture and what our young people are capable of when given the resources and, most importantly, the opportunity.

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New Virginia Poll Results On Youth Justice Reform

After a year of pandemic, protests, and political strife, America’s divisions are clear, but a new survey reveals that reforming the youth justice system is an issue that brings Virginians together across education and ideological lines. The vast majority of Virginia residents support a range of reforms to the youth justice system designed to fundamentally shift focus and resources to prevention and rehabilitation instead of punishment and incarceration.

Linked here are key findings from a recent survey of 500 adults in the state of Virginia conducted by GBAO on behalf of the Youth First Initiative.

Latest News

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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Thank you!

Prison is no place for kids. Thank you Governor Terry McAuliffe for protecting community-based alternatives to incarceration.

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