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A gun violence intervention and prevention program 
for youth and young adults ages 13-24


Through direct collaboration with the City of Newport News Office of the Sheriff, the Department of Juvenile Justice Newport News Court Service Unit and other community partners, the YouthBuild Peacekeepers (YP) provides social and behavioral health programming that focus on gun violence prevention and intervention activities for low-income youth ages 13 – 18 coming out of the juvenile detention system.

Core Elements

  • Prevention - Solutions that keep youth and young adults from entering or re-entering a cycle of violence. Prevention involves efforts to prevent escalation by assisting individuals at an increased risk of violence or exhibiting early signs (or repeated signs) of violent behavior.
  • Intervention - Projects and policies that assist youth and young adults, as well as their families that have been impacted by violence and will reduce their risk levels of repeat exposure or recidivism.

Program Goals

  • Reduce in the incidents of gun violence amongst youth and young adults through the implementation of innovative and technology-based prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry strategies.
  • Enhance and/or expand youth access to mental health services, education, and interventions that prevent and reduce violence.
  • Increase communication, coordination, and collaboration amongst city departments, community-based organizations, businesses, and other key stakeholders.

Program Locations:

Four Oaks Day Training Center
7401 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23607

Brooks Crossing Innovation Center
550 E. 30th Street
Newport News, Virginia 23607


Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

To learn more, please contact Taniqua Norman at the phone number or email below:
Phone: (757) 386-5922