Our Mission

RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign committed to dismantling the youth prison model by promoting the creation of community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.  Our work centers the voices of impacted youth and communities and challenges racial injustice in Virginia.

Artwork created by teens across Richmond and artist Mark Strandquist as part of a Performing Statistics workshop on re-imagining school safety.

Recent News

Virginia Youth Justice Advocate Wins National Award

RISE for Youth Coordinator Valerie Slater Recognized for Tenacious Effort on behalf of Youth The Youth First Initiative congratulates Valerie Slater, RISE for Youth Campaign Coordinator, recognized tonight as an emerging leader in youth justice reform by the National Juvenile

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