As a member of the Parent Teacher Council for many years, Sabrina has worked with the wonderful teachers and administrators of Virginia Beach City Public Schools to develop the “Compass to 2020” strategy for our students. In the past, she served as a mentor and instructor for the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School. She understands Virginia Beach is a lifelong learning community. Developing opportunities to learn from childhood to adulthood is essential to the growth and development of our community. For instance, providing a full day of kindergarten prepares our children to prosper, grow and compete on a global level.
The next generation deserves an environment that captures their unique, innovative capabilities. It is our responsibility to prepare a workforce and environment that exceeds their expectations so they want to stay in the region. Sabrina is committed to leading the path toward a solution for this concern. As a participant of the World Education Day conference in Jinan, China, she knows the importance of our children effectively competing on a global level.
Virginia Beach residents deserve to live in an environment that is safe and habitable. Cultivating great neighborhoods requires proven traffic-calming solutions and an expedited stormwater plan to alleviate flooding in our communities. Stormwater flooding is a multifaceted conundrum. The solution encompasses partnerships, accountability, collaboration, routine maintenance and strategic planning. The 15-year plan must be modified to provide relief now. Joining the American Flood Coalition is a step in the right direction. The AFC helps Virginia Beach advocate for natural solutions to flooding and sea level rise. As a member of the AFC Advisory Board, Sabrina is committed to advocating for natural solutions for Virginia Beach.
Empowering Local Businesses
Sabrina hosts the Ignite Business Series Seminar quarterly to provide education and awareness regarding resources and opportunities for small, women, minority, service disabled and local businesses. Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and the source of vital economic development in Virginia Beach. As a member of City Council, Sabrina will continue to provide local businesses with the tools and resources they need to grow and expand.
Virginia Beach is a community comprised of a plethora of cultures, values, ethnicities, origins and backgrounds. Embracing our differences creates a pathway for growth, trust and respect for everyone. We can continue the growth of Virginia Beach by coming together.
As a former Police Chaplain, Sabrina witnessed firsthand the sacrifice that our police officers and first responders make each day. They run toward danger and lead courageously in the face of uncertainty. As such, Sabrina supports pay incentives and competitive wages for our public servants. She is committed to strengthening community relations with the law enforcement community.
Human trafficking is $150 billion global enterprise. The average age a child enters human trafficking in the United States is 12-14.
It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Virginia ranked 15th in the United States for the most reported cases of human trafficking in 2016.
From 2017 through 2019, the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Vice Unit has investigated 40 cases of human trafficking resulting in the arrest of 31 suspects on state and federal charges.
In January of 2017, Attorney General Mark R. Herring, Samaritan House, local law enforcement, commonwealth’s attorneys and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed up to create the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force. Virginia Beach’s Vice Unit is a member of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force.
The statistics reveal that this is not just a city issue. Human Trafficking is a regional issue. A human issue. As a result, Councilmember Wooten created a resolution to acknowledge January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. She is committed to partnering with leaders such as Regent University’s Center for Global Justice, the Samaritan House, the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force and EnJewel to combat this pertinent issue.
Virginia Beach laid the foundation to address the opioid crisis by being the first city to train police officers to carry Narcan to revive individuals who overdose. The Virginia Beach Police Department also implemented a prescription medication take-back program to encourage citizens to turn in unused medications to prevent drug abuse by teenagers. It is essential to continue down this path set by Virginia Beach City officials and law enforcement to proactively address this crisis and bring awareness to this epidemic. Councilmember Wooten is committed to addressing this crisis.
Poverty and Homelessness
One in six people face hunger. This is a staggering statistic. I am proactively working to address this problem on a monthly basis. In 2018, the City of Virginia Beach celebrated the grand opening of its Housing Resource Center, which demonstrates the care and compassion our city has regarding this issue. This is a wonderful start. However, it is imperative that we create partnerships with faith-based organizations, the city government and the community to implement a comprehensive strategy to combat this serious issue. As we work together, we can help people overcome poverty.
As a graduate of the LEAD Hampton Roads Signature Class of 2018, a program that trains leaders to focus on key issues that impact our region, Sabrina witnessed the debilitating effects that occur when we fail to work together as a region. It is essential that we partner and work with leaders across the region to enhance the position of Hampton Roads on a national and global level. According to one local economist, “Regional cooperation is critical to move the economy forward.” In essence, we must remember that together we are stronger.