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“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

CYFA’s restorative practices, education, and advocacy programs empower youth to create and achieve successful outcomes for self, family, and community.

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CYFA’s BuildStrong Initiative is an adaptive process and place-based strategy that utilizes CYFA’s restorative practice, education, and advocacy programming to develop a common vision for system transformation that promotes youth opportunity and achieves community safety. BuildStrong Initiative programs include:

Promoting Empathy through Equitable Resolution (PEER)

Promoting Empathy through Equitable Resolution (PEER)

PEER is a youth-led, community- and equity-based restorative practice program that diverts young people from the juvenile legal and school disciplinary systems for behaviors attributable to adolescence.
Youth Peer Court (YPC)

Youth Peer Court (YPC)

YPC is a youth-led, community- and equity-based diversion program focused on empowering young people through a service-learning opportunity.
Legal Advocacy Workshops (LAW)

Legal Advocacy Workshops (LAW)

The LAW program supports professionals in and adjacent to the legal field through continued educational opportunities.
Guiding Personal Success (GPS)

Guiding Personal Success (GPS)

GPS provides asset-based opportunities for economically disadvantaged children and young people.
Relax Relate Restore (RRR)

Relax Relate Restore (RRR)

RRR provides a restorative, conversational space to process lived experiences related to current global, national, and local affairs.
Campaign to Amplify Racial Equity (CARE)

Campaign to Amplify Racial Equity (CARE)

CARE helps participants understand the historical impact of racism in this country, recognize the impact of systemic racism in our communities, normalize conversations about race and racism, and engage in actions to eliminate systemic racism so that we can create healthier communities for youth and families.

“Officers of the Falls Church Police Department understand the privilege and responsibility that comes with serving this amazing community. We stand boldly in our commitment to justice, fairness, and equality, and we stand proudly with CYFA in our collective work of achieving accountability through empathy and compassion for victims and young people involved.”

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Mary Gavin
Chief of Police, City of Falls Church

“Danville is a remarkable community poised for reinvention. Danville has been working diligently to reinforce public-private collaboration to address the complex, adaptive issues facing our community. The City is taking bold, transformative steps to promote thriving youth and prevent delinquency. The partnership with CYFA is another example of the City’s authentic commitment to its residents and the value we place on our most important resources – young people and families.”

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Robert T. David
Danville Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator

“The partnership with CYFA advances NVJDC’s goals for ensuring safety at the facility, enhancing youth life skills, and supporting reintegration services that increase community safety.”

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Johnitha McNair
Executive Director, Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center