RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign in Virginia that advocates for community alternatives to youth incarceration and complete transformation of Virginia’s juvenile justice system.


RISE works to:

Increase the likelihood that youth will become law-abiding adults by advocating for the investment in community-based alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement.

Reduce the number of youth arrested, referred, and under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice’s care.

Close Virginia’s juvenile prisons and re-invest savings from the closures 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.

Empower impacted youth, families and communities to advocate for the changes they want to see in their communities and in the juvenile justice system.