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.

Virtual Justice Parade 2021

#GoForthAndBeGreat

Help us provide paid internships for our 2022 Youth Development Academy Cohort! It’s Justice Parade time and for the entire month of November we are asking you, our partners and supporters, to rally your friends, family, and networks to support our youth development work. We are using #GoForthAndBeGreat because that is what your generous support helps every young person we serve to do! We’ve completed our inaugural Youth Development Academy with the graduation of our first cohort on October 22, 2021 and hanks to each of you, every graduate has a paid internship with one of our partner organizations!

Now it’s time to plan for year two so we are raising funds to provide paid internships to our second cohort of students and we need your help! Will you give a donation or become a fundraiser and ask your friends and family to join you in supporting our youth? To give a donation, click the “DONATE” button at the top or bottom of the page and follow the prompts. To become a fundraiser follow the “Start Fundraising” link below, create your page, (it’s easy, I promise!) then ask your supporters to pick a day or two or more and give according to the total number of the days they select. (see the example in the image above) Fill your calendar with giving and help us raise the funds to provide paid internships to our class of 2022 Youth Development Academy graduates! Every filled calendar equals $465 towards our goal. With your help we can ensure another cohort of Youth can jumpstart their futures and truly Go Forth And Be Great!

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.

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

Our Juneteenth celebration was an enormous success; we had over 300 people come out and support our youth out loud! The Keep Our Kids Free: Youth Talent Showcase lifted up youth singers, hip-hop artists, dance teams, mixed-media artists, and even a

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Recent News

Thanks!

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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