Chesterfield County, Virginia
- Community name: Chesterfield County
- Community or city website
- Population: 306,670
- Graduation rate: 87.7%
- Youth poverty rate: 8.7%
A culture of collaboration and partnerships, along with a constant commitment to fulfill the Five Promises, has created a successful environment for youth in Chesterfield County. Local youth can expect community-focused programs like the Youth Services Citizen Board, Girls on the Run and Communities In Schools to support their development and provide resources for their success. This support for its young residents straddles all society sectors and provides support for those most in need as well. Court-appointed Special Advocates become the voice for abused and neglected children throughout Chesterfield County. More than 5,000 hours alone were dedicated by these advocates last year.
- The Chesterfield County Youth Services Citizen Board plans youth-related programs and makes policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
- SAFE is a community-focused program that includes representatives from all sectors of the community, working together to prevent substance abuse.
- Girls on the Run is an evidence-based program that addresses the development of preteen girls by preparing them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living by running.
- The Court Appointed Special Advocates dedicate more than 5,100 hours each year to advocate for 157 abused/neglected children in the county.
- Families First is a home visitation program that helps first-time parents develop the skills they need to care for their newborn child.
- Child-Safety Officers serves Chesterfield County elementary schools by connecting with students in class sessions focused on safety-related topics.
- The Chesterfield County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides the growing population of working parents without health insurance, nutrition immunization resources.
There have been times when I didn’t have a real family. School became my haven.
I recently participated in the County’s Dare to Be U dodge ball tournament. Because of this single countywide event, I was able to catch up with old friends and feel like I was the part of something really special and meaningful.