Educational Success

Educational attainment is a key predictor for future success. We invest in strategies proven to have the most influence on students' long-term educational advancement and career preparation including early childhood education and school readiness, supportive school environments, out-of-school enrichment and positive behavioral developments. For students who do not pursue a traditional path to college, we recognize a need for innovative workforce programs that cultivate job and life skills and provide young people access to career opportunities.

Our Goals:

  • Children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.
  • Youth are nurtured to become skilled, self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

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Recent Grants

Spring 2016

Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, Inc.
$5,000 to support CareerLaunch and Money Matters programming for youth, further developing life skills for club members.

Dream Fields
$5,000 to support the 4th annual Summer Slam camp for youth, in partnership with VCU.

$3,000 to provide in-school financial aid advising to students in Lancaster and Northumberland high schools.

Jacob's Ladder, Inc.
$12,000 to provide summer residential enrichment camp and year-long advocacy/follow-up programming to aid and encourage at-risk, intellectually gifted children in grades 4-8.

Kids First Foundation
$30,000 to support and establish a high-quality, early preschool program for three-year-old students in partnership with Middlesex County Public Schools.

Lancaster Community Library, Inc.
$5,000 to support the summer reading program, reaching nearly 500 youth each summer.

Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation
$3,500 to support the annual Lancaster Primary School third grade class trip to Washington, DC.

Middlesex County Public Library, Inc.
$3,000 to support the summer reading program, with a focus on preventing "summer slide" through stimulating learning opportunities.

Northern Neck YMCA
$7,000 to support the Wiley Child Development Center, providing early childhood education for children ages 16 months through age 4.

Northumberland Family YMCA
$4,447 to support Bright Beginnings, Bright Futures, providing academic and social support through summer programming for at-risk children.

Northumberland Public Library
$2,000 to support the summer reading program, in collaboration with the Northumberland County Public Schools and the Northumberland Family YMCA.

Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.
$5,000 to support YouthWorks programming in Middlesex County, providing summer youth employment opportunities for 11th and 12th grade students.