Positive Youth Development Fund

The City of Richmond and NextUp RVA today announced 37 grassroots community
organizations and community-building programs as the first recipients of $425,000 in total grants from the Positive Youth Development Fund, to provide positive youth
development and youth violence prevention this summer.

The grant awards follow Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s announcement last February that
the city would partner with the nonprofit community organization as a fiscal agent to
distribute $1 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for community-led
programs, including after-school programming, parenting support, mental health support
for kids, tutoring and mentorships.

“We have to do everything possible to prevent violence in our community and to protect
our children and their families,” said Mayor Stoney. “Making grants accessible to
grassroots organizations that know and work in the community will help ensure those
closest to impacted communities have the resources to disrupt the cycle of violence,
and encourage positive development for our youngest residents.”

"Community-serving organizations require the essential funds necessary to support teen
and family-centered programs and activities this summer," said Jeanine Turner, Director
of Program Service at NextUp RVA. "The Positive Youth Development Funds will ensure
youth have a safe space to learn and grow within Richmond."

The balance of the $1 million in funding being administered by NextUp RVA will be used
to provide grants for programming for the 2022-23 school year.

The NextUp RVA programming funding is just one component of the city’s multi-pronged
and holistic gun violence reduction and prevention strategy, which also includes the
upcoming gun buy- back program, the hiring of a Community Safety Coordinator, and
the hiring of civilian “Violence Interrupters” to deescalate conflict and serve as credible
community voices.

You can read the city’s Gun Violence Prevention Framework HERE.

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