CYFA (Center for Youth and Family Advocacy) asks you to join our movement to transform youth, family, and community through racial and social justice reform, and we provide the following resources and materials for your review.

Child and Family Resources

1. Arlington Department of Human Services Guidelines for leaving a child home without an adult present.

2. COVID-19: Real-time Child Care Availability Portal.

3. Arlington’s COVID-19 webpage and vaccine webpage.

4. 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results. The YRBS is a survey created the by Center for Disease Control that asks about risk behaviors linked to the most common causes of death and disability among adolescents as well as behaviors linked to development of chronic disease in adults. The YRBS provides valuable information to Arlington Public Schools, County agencies, and the community to meet the educational and developmental needs of youth in Arlington County.

5. 2020 Your Voice Matters Survey Results. The survey collects data to better understand stakeholder perceptions within schools and throughout Arlington. Feedback is collected from students, staff, and families on a number of key topics including Student Well-Being, Student Success, and partnerships.

6. Youth Mental Health and Wellness Resource Guide. The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families created a searchable resource guide to enhance public access to mental health and substance use resources both locally and elsewhere. The Guide is divided into four categories: general information about mental wellness, family support, support groups and educational programs, youth assistance and treatment options, and crisis response.

Equity-Based Resources

1. Health equity exists when everyone has access to the conditions needed for optimal health and well-being. In 2018, a steering committee of local leaders convened to focus on disparities in health and to create a plan to achieve health equity by 2027 through systems change. The Destination 2027 Steering Committee compiled its final report, A Decade of Difference – 2027 Report to summarize Arlington’s Plan for Achieving Health Equity by 2027.

2. In its 2019 Community Report, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families called attention to striking disparities within Arlington surfacing in the health and well-being of children and youth based on factors such as income, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and level of English proficiency. The 2019 Community Report Card

3. Educational equity exists when all students have equal access to opportunities to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Black Parents of Arlington compiled data on black and white student performance on standardized tests, their access to advanced level classes, college readiness and experience with school discipline. APS in Black report.

4. The 2020 Report entitled, “School Segregation by Boundary Line in Virginia:  Scope, Significance and State Policy Solutions” finds that school segregation by race and poverty is deepening in Virginia.  The brief, which addresses educational equity, “explores the landscape of school segregation related to boundary lines in the state and in key regions, “ “analyzes common rezoning criteria and policies in a large sample of Virginia school divisions,” “provides a condensed overview of existing literature on school boundaries and segregation, and “it offers evidence-based recommendations for Virginia to combat the relationship between school-related boundaries and segregation.”

5. Virginia Equity Center’s Do Virginia Schools Teach Both Black and White Students How to Read educational equity tool used data on passage rates for the Virginia SOL Reading test from the Virginia Department of Education as a proxy for literacy, tracked cohorts of students from third to eighth grade, and visually investigated the advantages and disadvantages of white and Black students as they learn to read.

System Reform Resources

1. Report and Recommendations of the Police Practices Group. The PPG Report is based on the work of its four subcommittees: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civilian Review Board, Mental Health, and Traffic Enforcement. CEO Patel was the ADR Subcommittee Chair, and that group was charged with identifying potential approaches in lieu of traditional policing and alternative criminal justice strategies. The Subcommittee recognized that systemic approaches were historically designed to disadvantage and disproportionately affect minority communities and focused on creating equitable solutions through alternative dispute resolution efforts. The ADR Subcommittee viewed its work in the context of police practices and the criminal legal system, emphasizing the critical role for education, training, and providing alternatives to those impacted. The Subcommittee focused on: a) the culture of calling 9-1-1; b) alternatives to law enforcement for preventing conflict and crime in communities; and c) alternatives to involvement in the criminal legal system.

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