Crime Prevention Programs
Crime Prevention Programs
Youth Service Coordinators and volunteer mentors provide case management, individual and family services, and one-to-one and group education that builds moral reasoning, anger management, and life skills. Goals of services are to address issues of trauma and risky behavior, and to empower youth to succeed in school, at home, and in the community. The following evidence-based services are provided:
Building Your Power - Empowering Alexandria’s youth to succeed in school, at home, and in the community by building motivation and skills that lead to success. Youth are referred by school personnel work to meet with Youth Services Coordinators for 30 minutes/once a week to review student performance, identify areas of improvement (e.g., grades, attendance, truancy, behavior, etc.), set short- and long-term goals, and provide personalized, evidence-based interventions to increase student success.
Third Millennium Classroom provides on-line courses positively impact delinquent behaviors including youth violence, substance abuse, trespassing, disorderly conduct, and other risky behaviors.
Youth Educational Shoplifting Program is a 6-hour, interactive, on-line program that targets youth with first-time petty larceny charges, educating them about the consequences of shoplifting and building moral reasoning.
Space of Her Own (SOHO)
Transforming spaces and transforming lives, Space of Her Own (SOHO) empowers preteen girls from under-resourced communities through visual arts, carpentry, life-skills lessons and creative one-to-one mentoring. Our first-year programs serve fifth grade girls. Matched with volunteer adult mentors, girls experience the visual arts as a means for self-expression and confidence building. Additionally, they learn healthy habits and healthy ways of interacting and collaborating with others. As a result, the girls attend school more regularly and their academic progress improves as they become more generous and active participants in their lives. The first year of the program culminates in a space transformation, giving each girl a personalized space of her own, which encourages creativity, conveys a sense of value and worth, and gives her a daily reminder of her circle of support and care. The SOHO Club provides STEM activities during the girls' middle school years and further builds long-term mentoring relationships.
Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP)
The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP), formed in 2006, is comprised of a variety of local mentoring programs with the shared mission of ensuring that quality mentors and mentoring programs are available for Alexandria's youth and young adults in need. With guidance and resources from the Virginia Mentoring Partnership, AMP works to maximize mentor recruitment, screening, and training, and ensure best practice programs. AMP is staffed by the City’s first full-time Coordinator, Mr. David Ulloa.
Gang and Youth Violence Intervention and Prevention
Although the City of Alexandria has experienced relatively low amounts of criminal activity by gang members, gangs are a considerable threat to the safety of any community. Alexandria has an Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force (17 members, appointed by City Council) and a Senior Policy Group on Gangs (comprised of multiple City/state agency partners). Gang Task Force members work to not only suppress criminal gang activity, but also to prevent youth from joining gangs. When necessary, interventions with individual gang members are performed in the attempt to offer alternative opportunities for the individual to separate from the gang and become a positive member of the community. Services include the City funded Intervention Prevention Education program through Northern Virginia Family Service. The Task Force is Coordinated by the City funded Gang Prevention Coordinator, Mr. Percy White.