The Roanoke Prevention Alliance (RPA) and the Resiliency Collective identified through the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey low percentages of middle (52.6%) and high (43.0%) school aged youth reporting they agree or strongly agree that they feel like they matter to people in their community. Knowing that youth feeling connected to their community is a strong protective factor, the Resiliency Collective decided to make this a focus for the next few years.
RPA received a Behavioral Health Equities grant from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Office of Behavioral Health Wellness to promote the importance of African American and Black youth feeling they matter to the City of Roanoke. This grant focuses on the African American and Black community but the data is clear that all youth, no matter their race, are lacking in this connection to the community. We have every expectation to work on protective factors for all races and ethnicities as we move forward.
We invite community members to participate in RPA’s and RC’s social media campaigns to shine appreciation on our youth to let them know how much they matter. Please like and share our posts on Facebook, Instagram, and make your own video to help us create a positive trend on TikTok. We thank you for helping us show City of Roanoke youth that their community cares about them!
Resilient people. Stronger Communities.
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- Goodwill Industries of Roanoke Valley
- Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
- Office of Attorney General
- Rescue Mission
- Roanoke City Department of Health
- Roanoke City Department of Human and Social Services
- Roanoke City Department of Juvenile Justice
- Roanoke City Police Department
- Roanoke City Public Schools