Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities

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  1. Urgency of Now, addressing concerns about youth violence, set for March 20

    Feb. 16, 2018 - Urgency of Now, or RuON, an annual event that addresses concerns about increased violence among youth and young adults, will be held this year at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, on Tuesday, March 20. Read on...
  2. Contest encourages young people to create videos that will help stop the violence in city

    Feb. 12, 2018 - Can you or someone you know create a winning video against violence? “Don’t Sit in Silence, Stop the Violence” is the name of a contest for high school students in Hampton and Newport News that began Monday, Feb. 12. Read on...
  3. Applications now being accepted for 10-week Summer Youth Employment Program

    Jan. 19, 2018 - Applications are now being accepted for Hampton's 10-week, Summer Youth Employment Program, which offers job opportunities within city departments, local businesses and non-profit organizations to young people ages 16-24. Read on...
According to national statistics, the likelihood that someone will be arrested for a crime tends to increase beginning in late childhood, peak in the teenage years (from 15 to 19) and then decline in the early 20s. In addition, most of the violence committed by people in this age group is directed at victims of the same age, and the age period of 16-24 is a high-risk time for violent victimization, according to the National Institute of Justice.

Studies have shown that intervention programs can reduce the amount of crime committed by young people -- from home visits to parenting education for families of young children to programs programs for juvenile offenders. The National Institute of Justice has also found that "the financial benefits of intervention programs often outweigh the costs."

While these studies are national or even international in scope, the City of Hampton is taking a personalized, individualized effort to utilize and implement the best approaches to prevent our youth from becoming violent offenders. This approach involves staff in departments throughout the city and attempts to coordinate efforts with non-profits, neighborhood groups and faith organizations making similar progress.

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