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Gang & Youth Violence Prevention & Intervention



nogangshowThe City of Alexandria is supportive and serious about preventing violence and gang involvement. In fact, all local governments in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region are working together to address these issues. Although the City of Alexandria has experienced a relatively low amount of criminal activity by gang members, gangs are a reality for any municipality to address; not only to suppress criminal gang activity, but to prevent people from joining gangs in the first place and to intervene with actual gang members, helping them to end their association.

This website is intended to be a useful resource for our community and, as you will see, there is something for everyone; whether you are a young person looking for a job or an activity, a parent looking for some tips or support, a staff member looking for resources for a client or an interested community resident looking for information or mentoring opportunities.

Read on to learn about the teamwork of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, the Alexandria Senior Policy Work Group on Gangs and the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force. See Summit and Community Involvement and the list of numbers and resources in WHERE TO GO FOR HELP and more!

Thanks for visiting and please check back for future updates!

What's New

  • SAVE the Date!
    Lunch and Learn Series: Gang Prevention, Intervention, Education, and Suppression
    June 24, 2014, 11 - 1 p.m.
    Youth for Tomorrow
    11835 Hazel Circle Drive
    Bristow, VA 20136
    Phone: 703.368.7995
    Please RSVP to Diane Creech @ 703.297.5791 or email
    or Terry R Tinsley, PhD
    Event Flyer
  • Read the Spring 2014 issue of the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force newsletter.
  • 5th Annual Youth Arts and Father's Day Festival of Alexandria
    Poster  |  Flyer with Entry Forms and Festival Rules and Guidelines
    All Elementary, Middle and High School level youth attending Alexandria City Public and private
    schools, or participating in before and after school programs along with youth from local area
    organizations and groups are eligible to participate.Come out and display your talents.
        Saturday, June 7, Noon - 4 p.m.
        George Washington Middle School (Braddock Road Field)
        1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
        For information, call 703.549.7115, ext. 230
    Important Dates:
        April 24 - Performance Entry Forms due by 5 p.m.
        May 30 - Visual Arts Entry Forms due by 5 p.m.
        June 5 - Music tracks for performances should be provided to Arts Festival Coordinators
       June 6 - Entries for Visual Arts due to GW Middle School between 4 - 6 p.m.

    5th Annual Youth Arts Festival image 
  • Next Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force Meeting
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Sister Cities Conference Room, 1101 
    City Hall
    301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

  •  Mental Health First Aid Training Classes Added
    In response to public demand, additional sessions of the Mental Health First Aid training are being offered. This training demonstrates the initial help given to a person showing signs of mental illness or a mental health crisis. The eight-hour course teaches risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders; the effects of the illnesses and an overview of treatments; and a five-step action plan for helping someone with symptoms. Additional training sessions have been scheduled between January and June 2014. Each session is two four-hour classes. Youth courses in February and May are available for adults who work with youth.

    This training does not prepare someone to diagnose or provide treatment. It is designed to help paraprofessionals and laypersons provide support until an individual is linked to professional resources. MHFA is not recommended for licensed mental health providers.

    Registration is open until filled. Limit 20 participants per class and seats fill quickly. Visit for class dates and registration. Attendees of the full eight-hour course will receive a three-year certification in MHFA. For more about the classes, contact Donielle Marshall at 703.746.3523 or To learn more about MHFA, visit
  •  Human Trafficking of Children in the United States: A Fact Sheet for Schools
    An unknown number of U.S. citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country for sexual servitude and forced labor. Contrary to a common assumption, human trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. territories. Victims of human trafficking can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, male or female.

  • Prevención de la explotación sexual de menores 
    Las palabras explotación evocan una cantidad de reacciones y sentimientos. Quizás una de las más devastadores es el silencio, nuestra incapacidad o falta de disposición como sociedad a hablar de este problema horrendo. 

  • Computer CORE is now accepting applications! Classes last for 6 months, and provide computer skills to those who attend.  Click here for information on application process, locations and contact information.
  • As a follow up to the success of Virginia's first anti-gang video, 'The Wrong Family,' the Office of the Attorney General identified a need to create a video for kids.  After careful collaboration with law enforcement and psychologists, 'The Big Lie' was produced to expose the dark reality of gangs preying upon our children through lies and manipulation.  The video is a frank and unscripted documentary and presents an extraordinary opportunity for pre- and early teens to learn about the false promises gang members make to lure them into their ranks.  The video features gang members, law enforcement, and children who speak directly to the audience about gang recruiting methods, specific ways kids can avoid joining a gang, and most importantly, lifestyle choices to help them stay away from gangs. Check out 'The Big Lie: Unmasking the Truth Behind Gangs' here: in English and in Spanish. 

  • Goodwill Career Navigation Program, a 3 week job readiness course.  Intake assessments held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m., located at Arlington Career Center.  For more information, click here.
  • Youth Topics is a service of the Center for Children and Families, Department of Community and Human Services, City of Alexandria. Youth Topics is posted online here. 
  • Did You Know???
    Important information about gang crimes, properties used in gang crimes, and other gang related matters.
  • Resource Guide for Children, Youth & Families 
    The Resource Guide for Alexandria's Children, Youth & Families is an inventory of resources that promote youth well-being in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The Guide is a tool that acquaints parents, youth, and service providers with an array of educational, health, social service, and recreation opportunities provided by City, non-profit, and community organizations.
  • Gang Prevention Brochure
    Resources for gang prevention information and support in your area of Northern Virginia.
    See program brochure 


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Alexandria, VA 22314

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