The Chesapeake Court Services Unit established a volunteer program in October 1977 and began utilizing volunteers in February 1978. The volunteers served as mentors to juveniles before the court and assisted in the development of programs for youth on probation. In the summer of 1978, the program was incorporated as The Chesapeake Volunteers for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The name was changed in 1987 to Chesapeake Volunteers In Youth Services, Inc. and again in 2005 to Volunteer Advocates for Chesapeake Youth. Over the years the volunteers and programs have been enhanced to reflect the needs of youth.
In 2008 the programs and volunteers merged with the Office of Youth Services within the city of Chesapeake. This merger provided for less duplication of services for youth and a more comprehensive approach to providing services for all youth and families within the city. Presently close to 200 volunteers are providing direct and indirect services for the community through mentoring, supervision of community service activities, as Court Appointed Special Advocates, and by participating on Juvenile Conference Committees.
In July of 2013 the non-profit changed its focus to supporting the City of Chesapeake’s R U Ready Plan for youth and families through advocacy, education and investing in resources for youth and family programming. The name was changed to the Chesapeake Youth Foundation to reflect its renewed focus. We are managed by a Board of Directors made up of fifteen volunteers. We also have numerous local businesses and organizations contributing donations and in-kind services.
The Chesapeake Youth Foundation is a non-profit 501 c3 organization. For our tax records and additional information, please see Guidestar.org.