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VCU sets sights on youth engagement

Over 6,000 kids participate in university programs every year

An image of VCU's Monroe Park, bustling with students, on a sunny day

VCU offers programs for more than just undergrads.

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VCU is celebrating the success of its youth outreach. The university says that over 6,000 minors participate in on-campus programs and services every year — which benefits not just the participants, but also the college students gaining valuable experience working with kids.

Citing the success of these programs and a commitment to safety, VCU is revising and expanding its minor protection policy. It hired a full-time employee dedicated to updating and implementing the current Safety and Protection of Minors on Campus policy, which was last updated in 2021 to better reflect the post-pandemic needs of mostly-online programs. Now, VCU says the policy is due for another revision.

“We’re proud of our vibrant campuses that provide a safe and exciting environment,” VCU Senior VP and CFO Karol Gray said. As the university looks to offer even more “fun, innovative and robust programs” to youth, it says safety is priority number one.