The Henrico Youth Violence Prevention Committee led by the County Manager John Vithoulkas, Chief of Police Eric English and Superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools, Amy Cashwell, was formed in response to the increase in violent fights taking place in our schools and the uptick in crime stats involving youth. There are three subcommittees: Henrico County Public Schools, Judicial Solutions and Community Organizations. The newly formed workgroup is focused on prevention strategies and activities that will have the best potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences for school-age youth.
In an effort to include student voices and collect student data to inform Henrico’s youth violence prevention work, we partnered with the Prevention and the Youth & Family Services units of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services to create a survey targeted to middle and high school students to get their feedback on the increase in violence taking place in our schools and communities. Please share the survey link with middle and high school students and encourage them to take a few minutes to complete this survey as it will help County agencies, Henrico County Public Schools and community organizations that are providing programs and services to youth in Henrico.