Young people in Richmond experience high rates of violence, trauma, poor health and social outcomes, and stress. This includes harm and death due to violence; poverty; unintended pregnancy; harmful substance use; contact with child welfare, law enforcement and the criminal legal system; suspension, expulsion and dropout from school.
The Richmond Kids First Initiative seeks to secure 3% of Richmond’s general budget for a dedicated funding stream for children and youth services above and beyond the funds currently allotted for these services for a minimum of 10-years. We seek to secure this fund through a ballot initiative that includes oversight from a community-public collaborative committee of community-based organizations, parents/guardians, youth and public agency representatives. Learn more here.