Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $148,685)
The purpose of the Virginia Rules Program is to provide a basic understanding of the state statutes that govern socially acceptable behavior for children in the home, school, and in the community through teaching citizenship and the short and long term consequences of unlawful behavior, thereby reducing the incidence of juvenile crime, violence, and substance abuse in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The goal for this program is to reduce the incidence of juvenile crime, violence and gang involvement in homes, in schools, and in communities throughout the Commonwealth.
Virginia Rules is a law-related educational program facilitated exclusively by law enforcement and educational professionals. Four separate curricula designed specifically for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and parents provide a basic understanding of the state statutes that govern socially acceptable behavior in the home, in school, and in the community. The Virginia Rules program teaches citizenship and the short and long-term consequences of unlawful behaviors, thereby, reducing the incidence of crime, violence, and substance abuse in Virginia. The desired outcome of the program is to prepare children for informed and responsible citizenship through the development of core ethical values. Virginia Rules provides character education and teaches children their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the Commonwealth. Children are encouraged to care about the quality of life in their schools, homes, and communities. The program intends to reduce the incidence of juvenile crime and violence in homes, in schools, and in communities throughout the Commonwealth, by providing this information to a minimum of 100,000 elementary, middle and high school aged children and their parents in the 2008-2009 school year. This will be a 25% increase over the previous year. With the implementation of a web-based curriculum the project may reach twice its goal.