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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 2018

Middlesex County Public Schools - $75,000 to support the creation and implementation of an alternative pathway to graduation, deeper 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)

Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck - $21,000 to support teenage members during the construction and start-up phases of a new Teen Center, which will provide dedicated space for studying, mentoring, and college and career planning.

Jacob's Ladder - $15,000 to support three Climbers from Middlesex and Lancaster Counties to attend the Jacob’s Ladder Summer Residential Enrichment Camp with year-round advocacy.

Kiwanis Club of Middlesex - $7,000 to improve the lives of children, one child and one community at a time through youth programming in the schools.

Lancaster Community Library - $10,000 to support the expansion of library services to teens which includes staffing and renovating the Teen Center.

Friends of the Rappahannock - $5,000 to provide professional development for teachers and administrators, environmental education programming for students and curriculum development in Middlesex County.

Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation - $7,605 to support the establishment of two (2) FIRST LEGO Robotics teams at LMS for grades 4-6.

Macedonia Community Development Corporation (MACorp) - $5,000 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, designed to enable personal growth in young men and women age 12 to 18.

Northern Neck Family YMCA - $7,000 to support STEAM enrichment opportunities serving School Age (1st-6th) and 7th/8th Grade Initiative participants.

Middlesex County Public Library - $3,750 to support children's literacy and reading over the summer months by providing engaging and age appropriate educational opportunities.

Northumberland Family YMCA - $3,500 to provide support for Bright Beginnings, supporting 30 children, living below the poverty level, in academic success by providing school supplies, backpacks, winter coats, shoes and clothing at the Northumberland Family YMCA.

Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) - $3,000 to support part-time, highly trained professionals at Lancaster and Northumberland high schools to help students secure funding for education after 12th grade.