About RISE for Youth

RISE for Youth 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.


*Taken from the 'About' page on riseforyouth.org, click on banner to visit the site*

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