Children & Youth Community Plan Priority Areas and Work Groups

Page updated on Sep 13, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Achieving the goals and strategies in the Children and Youth Community Plan (CYCP) involves all of our efforts. It’s important to note that this Plan ties together many of the strategic plans set forth by Alexandria’s youth-serving community. The figure below illustrates which city-wide plans are woven throughout the CYCP.

CYMP 2025 Plan of PlansYouth-serving providers will be working together to improve children and youth outcomes over the next five years. CYCP work groups such as the Prevention Work Group and the Developmental Assets Work Group provide multiple opportunities to impact and improve the lives of Alexandria’s children and youth.  

Work groups meet regularly and are made up of people who come together to contribute their time, expertise, passions, and lived experiences to help plan their initiative and turn ideas into action. Members have experience with the issue, are genuinely interested in affecting the issue, are action-oriented “doers” who commit to attending monthly meetings and doing the work.

To join a work group or to learn more about the City’s youth and family services, training opportunities, building positive relationships with youth, and how you can make a difference in you community, you can fill out an interest form here.

CYCP Work Groups 

Prevention Work Group

  • Focus/Mission: Prevent or reduce the risk of developing a behavioral health problem while promoting health, wellness, and wellbeing among young people and their families 
  • Who’s on it: ACPS Alternative Programs and Equity,; Alexandria Health Department; Alexandria Police Department; Court Services Unit Gang Prevention; Department of Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities;  Partnership for Healthier Alexandria; DCHS divisions and programs, including the Sexual Assault Center, Domestic Violence Program, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria.
  • Additional Information or Links: CHIP and ACPS Strategic Plan 2025

    Developmental Assets Work Group

  • Focus/Mission: Create a strong foundation for children to learn and to grow into resilient, healthy adults by building Developmental Assets®.
  • Who’s on it: Youth and young adults; ACPS Alternative Programs and Equity; Alexandria Police Department; Court Services Unit Gang Prevention; Department of Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities;  Act for Alexandria; Alexandria Mentoring Partnership; Volunteer Alexandria; Casa Chirilagua; Campagna Center; Partnership for Healthier Alexandria; DCHS divisions and programs, including the Sexual Assault Center, Youth Development Team, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria.


  • Focus/Mission: Create a more trauma-informed and resilient Alexandria by informing, supporting and elevating our community.
  • Who’s on it: Alexandria Health Department, Northern Virginia Health Foundation, Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, Stop Child Abuse Now, Community Services Board, private mental health providers, Alexandria City Public Schools, Children and Youth Master Plan, Family Engagement Services, early childhood education and care programs, housing and homelessness services, child advocacy, Office of Community Services, Emergency Services, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Center, Alexandria’s Court Services, LGBTQ Task Force, Alexandria Police Department, Adult Services, Northern Virginia Family Services, United Way, Child Welfare and Protective Services, foster care services, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, youth serving organizations, Commission for Women, Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission, workforce training programs, Child and Family Behavioral Health Services, fatherhood programs, faith-based organizations, college students, interns, and residents.

Other CYCP Related Work Groups 

Youth Service Coordinating Council (YSCC)

  • Description: DCHS convenes monthly meetings, bringing together individuals to represent their organizations, share information and provide their unique perspective on youth issues. Participation with YSCC is beneficial in a number of ways.  Members are able to: 
  • Who’s on it: There are over 160 members. Members are youth service providers from City services, ACPS, nonprofits and interested community members
  • Additional Information or Links: City of Alexandria Performance Dashboard: Children & Youth
  • Contact: Noraine Buttar at or 703.746.3436

Kids' First Years

  • Description: Starting in 2013, ACT for Alexandria convened the Early Care and Education Workgroup (now Kids' First Years) which includes leaders from ACPS, City agencies, early care and education providers, the Health Department, local foundations and non-profit organizations. The workgroup has since been tasked with the challenge of creating an “early care and education system that prepares children to succeed in life and in school” as outlined in the CYCP. Since that time, they have been working together toward that goal, guided by a Common Agenda, a framework that lays out our priority activities.
  • Who’s on it: ACPS, Alexandria Health Department, the Campagna Center, Child and Family Network Centers, Neighborhood Health, ALIVE!, Deputy City Manager of the City of Alexandria, Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation, Director of DCHS, Center for Children and Families, Hopkins House, Northern Virginia Family Service, Center for Alexandria’s Children, Creative Play School, and Act for Alexandria
  • Additional Information or LinksKids' First Years (

Out of School Time Work Group 

  • Focus/Mission: Due to the complexity of stakeholders involved with Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) in Alexandria and in order to appropriately address the goals and strategies outlined within the Plan, the Alexandria City Council and School Board Joint Commission called for the development of a work group to address the City’s OSTP needs. After conducting a study of community OSTP resources, one of the recommendations of the work group was to coordinate, plan and implement an annual Out of School Time Forum designed to offer an ongoing platform for collaboration, professional development and the alignment of OSTP services citywide. The presentation materials for the workshop sessions are provided below.
  • Who’s on it: Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities; DCHS; ACPS; and the Campagna Center
  • Meetings: This group does not regularly meet. For more information about the OSTP Work Group, contact Margaret Orlando at

Additional Information or Links: City of Alexandria Performance Dashboard: Children & Youth


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