The newly formed Richmond Department of Children and Youth (Department) and the Richmond Fund for Children and Youth (Fund) were established on June 5, 2018, after the passage of Measures E and K, known as the Richmond Kids First Initiative. The Fund was created in order to provide a sustainable funding stream for youth-serving organizations in Richmond and North Richmond. This will be done by providing grant funding to various organizations beginning in July 2021.
Community Needs Assessment and Strategic Investment Plan Elements
A Community Needs Assessment which evaluates current services provided to Richmond and North Richmond youth 24 years and younger, and;
A three-year Strategic Investment Plan which guides the grant-making processes of the Fund. This work will be centered on a robust and authentic community engagement process.
The Department of Children and Youth is committed to incorporating community voice and has created a vision and set of guiding principles for the Community Needs Assessment.
The City of Richmond’s Department of Children and Youth will implement a needs assessment and strategic planning process that honors community voice, including a diverse range of youth and adults alike to develop a comprehensive, equitable investment plan that reflects community vision.
Community assets are our core strengths
Richmond residents are experts in their lived experience and have valuable insight to share
We center the needs and dreams of children and youth
We value collaboration and shared ownership
We believe considerations of race and equity are critical to this process
We will be inclusive of all ages, races, ethnicities, gender expressions, languages, and abilities/disabilities
We will communicate in a way that is accessible and easy to understand
We believe all voices should contribute and encourage participants to bring their full, authentic selves to this process
We believe it is important to be (1) innovative and flexible and (2) transparent and accountable