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Justin Anderson

Office of Youth Protection Coordinator

P.O. Box 400228, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4228


What do you do day-to-day? 

As the Office of Youth Protection Coordinator, I serve, communicate with, and resource youth programs as they seek to provide a fun, safe, and meaningful experience for youth and staff. I use tools like the University’s Protection of Minors and Reporting Abuse Policy (HRM-050) and my background in youth programming and administration to uphold the standards of the policy and see the value in protecting the youth they serve.

What was your profession prior to your role in the Office of Youth Protection?

I have been at the University of Virginia for 9 years. Prior to my role with the Office of Youth Protection, I served as the Director of Aquatics for the Intramural-Recreational Sports Department for 8 years and 11 months. I oversaw the Aquatic & Fitness Center and North Ground Recreation Center Pools and their programming/operations. I also oversaw the University of Virginia’s Varsity Swim & Dive meets and operations. 

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. I also received my Master of Science degree in Recreation and Sport Administration from Western Kentucky University. I am certified through the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Park, Shallow Water Attendant, Water Safety, Professional Rescuer, and Lay Responder Instructor and have been teaching for 16 years. I am also a certified Yoga instructor through YogaFit and Aqua Fitness instructor through Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA). I have worked for the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation in Yokosuka, Japan; Lifeguard Instructor and Swim Instructor Trainer for Sea World Parks and Entertainment at Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

What interests you about youth protection and/or why do you see value in the University's efforts around youth protection?

In my career, I have been fortunate enough to provide youth programming for a number of years and I see the value that it brings to the development and functional growth of our youth. There is nothing more important than that of a child learning, growing, and developing into their own identification. Also, it’s so much fun to watch a child have those “LIGHT BULB” moments and do so with such joy in their hearts and a smile on their face! With that being said, it’s important to provide the tools and resources to University staff and volunteers on how to provide a safe environment for our youth while following University policies and procedures. 

What are you most looking forward to seeing happen in youth protection at UVA in the next year or so? 

I am looking forward to building relationships with the many University partners across grounds. I am also looking forward to working with such a wonderful team that is supportive and all reaching to achieve the same goal.

Meghan Rapp

Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection

P.O. Box 400228, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4228



What do you do day-to-day?

I am the Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection. Day to day, this means I oversee the University’s compliance with the federally mandated Clery Act, which includes reviewing reports of crimes and incidents, training the University’s campus security authorities, or working with our colleagues to conduct emergency exercises. When I’m wearing my Youth Protection hat, I help to steer the University’s compliance with HRM-050, including creating systems and processes for this work and connecting with the many departments across Grounds that intersect with youth camps and programs.

What was your profession prior to your role at UVA?

I have spent most of my career in policy advocacy at non-profit organizations. I have also been a pre-K teacher, run a large retailer, and previously worked in academic compliance here at the University.

What interests you about youth protection and/or why do you see value in the University's efforts around youth protection?

The University acts as a de-facto community center for the greater Charlottesville area, and I want to make sure that we are operating with all the resources possible to make this a safe and fun place for kids! The University has so much to offer to the young people in Central Virginia, including the ones who are not enrolled here as students. Our hope is that we can provide camp directors with the framework and resources to operate safe programs so that they can focus on creating fun and meaningful content.

Updated 09/2023