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Richmond City Council establishes major investments in youth gun violence prevention programs

In finalizing the Fiscal Year 2025 Richmond Government Budget, Richmond City Council made additional investments aimed at tackling the urgent issue of gun violence involving and harming youth in the city.

Trevor Dickerson

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In finalizing the Fiscal Year 2025 Richmond Government Budget, Richmond City Council made additional investments aimed at tackling the urgent issue of gun violence involving and harming youth in the city.

Committed to the safety and well-being of our young people, Richmond City Council approved substantial funding to support local innovative programs that are working to support and protect our youth and prevent gun violence. These additional investments to support multifaceted approaches for prevention and intervention strategies include:

  • $370,000 – We Matter RVA

Risk factors for youth violence

Increased new funding for program focusing on gun violence prevention for at-risk youth with high risk factors for violence, as follows: $85,000 for Challenge Discovery for services supporting youth and families directly associated with gun violence; $85,000 to ChildSavers – Memorial Child Guidance Clinic for services supporting youth and families directly associated with gun violence; $100,000 to Communities in Schools for services supporting youth and families directly associated with gun violence. $100,000 to VA League for Safer Streets Inc. for services supporting youth and families directly associated with gun violence.

  • $250,000 (Total Investment) – Whitcomb Court Gym

Council established $250,000 in funds to be used for Phase III of a planning process to build a new gymnasium in Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority – Whitcomb Court.

In advocating for the additional funding for the We Matters Program, Councilmember Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council, Richmond East End 7th Voter District, emphasized the Council’s commitment to creating a safer and more resilient Richmond for all residents.

“Gun violence is a complex and deeply concerning issue that requires a comprehensive and collaborative response,” says Councilmember Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council, Richmond East End 7th Voter District.

In support of these commitments, Councilmember Ann-Frances Lambert, Richmond City Council, Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District, expressed the importance of successful community programming.

“We need direct action and programs in our community that speak to our young people and helps protect and empower them,” says Councilmember Ann-Frances Lambert, Richmond City Council, Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District.

Richmond City Council invites and encourages Richmond residents, community organizations, and stakeholders to join the collective effort to combat youth gun violence and create a brighter future for all Richmond families.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.