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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 2019

Middlesex County Public Schools - $75,000 to support the creation and implementation of an alternative pathway to graduation, more in-depth learning and engaged community involvement for secondary students enrolled in the Middlesex County Public Schools through Compass Academy. Multi-year award of $187,500 (2018-2020)

Middlesex County Public Library, Inc. - $3,750 for reading the summer by providing engaging and age-appropriate educational opportunities to prevent the "summer slide" - the regression of learning skills while not in a traditional school setting.

Colonial Seaport Foundation - $8,000 to support a hands-on opportunity to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through sail and hull performance onboard a floating classroom focusing on the rich maritime history of the Virginia River Realm.

Jacob's Ladder, Inc® - $15,000 for one Middlesex, three Lancaster County returning Climbers, and six prospective Climbers from Middlesex, Lancaster, and Northumberland Counties to attend the Jacob’s Ladder summer residential enrichment camp with year-round advocacy.

Lancaster Community Library - $30,810 to support the continued expansion of library services to teens and young adults, which includes renovation, installation of furnishings and equipment, programming, and hiring youth assistants.

Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council - $1,500 training of youth at the Law Enforcement Explorer Post 684 for Lancaster and Northumberland Counties for community service equipment, safety equipment, registration fees, and uniforms for Explorers.

Northern Neck Family YMCA - $6,000 STEAM enrichment opportunities that enhance classroom learning, for students in the 4th-7th grades. These (free) projects offer learning opportunities that foster connections between classroom instruction and the real world.  

Macedonia Community Development Corporation (MACorp) - $7,500 to support programming costs of MACorp's Girls Empowerment Camp (G.E.C.) and Camp S.W.A.G. (Success While Achieving Godliness) for Boys. The camps are designed to enable personal growth in young men and women age 12 to 18.

Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck - $55,000 two years of programming for BGCNN’s teens during the construction & start-up phases of a new Teen Center, and to provide a challenge to the community to match 1 to 1 helping us provide dedicated space for mentoring, college and career planning. 

Northumberland Public Library - $10,000 the acquisition of learning and literacy materials made freely available through the public library and the mobile library, with a focus on youth services and our summer reading program.

Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation - $5,600 to teach students to advocate for STEM funding, become involved with the legislative process, gain powerful insight into the way our government works, and meet with their Congressional representatives.

Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. - $25,000 one full-time RCC success coach, assigned to Middlesex High School during the 2019-20 school year, to educate, recruit, and help students be successful in developing their career and educational pathways for post-secondary education and training.