Juvenile Justice – Our REgion
“All kids do stupid things.
All kids do bad things.
Poor kids. Kids who are living in the streets. Kids who have no family. Kids who are homeless. Kids who are drug addicted. Kids who have been subjected to a lot of trauma and violence and abuse – tend to do bad things that are much worse.
They can be violent. They can be criminal.
But, they are still kids and their capacity for change is enormous. And to ignore that capacity to change is to deny their child status… All of that is wrong because kids have vulnerabilities and needs that have to be acknowledged and protected.”
Tell me about our youth?
Our youth are between the ages of 12 to 21 years of age. They live all over the Tidewater Region – from urban downtowns to rural family farms.
Our vision is a community where all youth reach their full potential without intervention from the juvenile justice system or the department of social services.
Every young person has value and the potential for a bright future. We believe those who do make mistakes have the capacity to change and become productive citizens.
We are accountable to our donors for the gifts they have entrusted to us and for their faith in our mission, conducting all affairs of the TYS Foundation with integrity, both in terms of financial oversight and transparency and in the quality of the programming we support.