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About RISE for Youth

RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign in support of community alternatives to youth incarceration.

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.

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.

Recent News

Virginia Youth Justice Advocate Wins National Award

Virginia Youth Justice Advocate Wins National Award RISE for Youth Coordinator Valerie Slater Recognized for…

Valerie Slater: Youth prisons are harmful to children, families

By Valerie Slater For the Virginian Pilot July 15, 2018 WHEN U.S. SEN. MARK Warner…

RISE for Youth Statement on Governor Northam’s Call for Investigation

In response to Governor Northam’s call for an investigation into abuse allegations from immigrant children…

RISE for Youth Statement on Funding for New Youth Prison

In response to Governor Northam’s signing a two-year budget which does not include funding for…

New Report “RISE: A Seat At The Table Tour” released. Read it, share it and demand your lawmakers act on it!

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