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

Program Description:

Peacekeepers will implement strategies to aid in the reduction of gun violence in the City of Newport News, through new projects and enhancement of existing YouthBuild projects.

This will be a community-based project with a focus on two key elements:

  • prevention
  • intervention

We define these elements as:

  • Prevention - Solutions that keep youth and young adults from entering or reentering the 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.

VOACC & The Newport News Peacekeepers will develop projects, programs, and practices that are considered to be evidence-based and effectiveness has been demonstrated by data-driven evidence (generally obtained by one or more outcome evaluations) and peer-reviewed research literature.

Projects should support one of the following goals and objectives:

  •  Increased communication, coordination, and collaboration amongst city departments, community-based organizations, businesses, and other key stakeholders.
  • Reduction in the incidents of gun violence amongst youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 through the implementation of innovative and technology-based prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry strategies.
  • Enhance and/or expand access to mental health services, education, and interventions that prevent and reduce violence.

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