The Road DAWG (Don't Associate With Gangs) is a one-week summer camp for middle school youth who are at risk of substance abuse or gang involvement. Three camps are organized and conducted by a coalition of providers, including the Police Department, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, CSB Wellness & Health Promotion, and Fairfax County Public Schools. The program's goal is to reduce gang violence.
Road DAWG was developed in 2004 as a weeklong camp at one site to
address and prevent gang recruitment in neighborhoods identified through
community meetings. The name “Road DAWG” came from an affectionate slang
term for street officers. The camps, which serve at-risk youth, have
expanded to three sites. The program also has been enhanced to
incorporate ongoing follow-up and activities with the campers and their
families throughout the year. Road DAWG is based on strategies proven to
be effective in strengthening youth resilience and helping to prevent
The Road DAWG program:
- Connects kids with after-school programs in their schools and communities.
- Looks at individual and family needs and links to resources.
- Continues contact with youth and families.
- Includes follow-up activities throughout the year.
About the Road DAWG Program
For more information on how you can support Countywide gang prevention
For more information on the how you can support Countywide gang prevention efforts