This is a past program. Information is provided for archival purposes only.

Welcome to the Youth Initiative

The Youth Initiative builds the nation's capacity to support youth victims while working to advance their rights and ensuring youth leadership on issues that affect youth.

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Individual donations go a long way in ensuring services provided to victims and those who work with victims continue uninterrupted.

Become a Member

Join the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.

Youth Outreach for Victim Assistance

The Youth Outreach Victim Assistance (YOVA) project was a youth leadership program with the primary goal of educating teens on the dynamics of victimization and providing information on where they can turn for help and support. Thirty-two youth-adult teams around the nation accomplished this goal by creating unique outreach events, materials, and advertising to reach teen crime victims in their local communities. Learn more.


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This project was supported by Grant No. 2003-VF-GX-K015 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.