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Nearly $500,000 in youth development grants awarded across Richmond

NextUp and the City of Richmond will disperse $493,628 from the Positive Youth Development Fund in grants to 42 grassroots and community organizations that provide quality out-of-school time programming and events so that youth closest to communities affected by violence can have resources to disrupt the cycle.

Trevor Dickerson

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NextUp and the City of Richmond will disperse $493,628 from the Positive Youth Development Fund in grants to 42 grassroots and community organizations that provide quality out-of-school time programming and events so that youth closest to communities affected by violence can have resources to disrupt the cycle.

Grants will support various positive youth development (PYD) programs,including STEM summer camps, career exploration, and youth mentorship. The PYD Fund is a critical component of the City of Richmond’s Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention (GVPI) Framework, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to reducing gun violence while strengthening community and individuals across Richmond. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative efforts with community-based organizations across the city, NextUp advances evidence-based approaches to influence the risk and protective factors for youth violence as identified by the Centers for Disease Control.

“I am incredibly grateful for the City’s partnership with NextUp to provide community- based programming for our youth,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “It is important that we provide a diversity of opportunities for youth across our entire city – and that is exactly what NextUp has done by working with our community partners.”

The programs target youth aged 12-19 and provide opportunities to learn, grow, and develop in a safe and supportive environment. Theseinitiatives aim to nurture supportive family environments, bolster youth skills, facilitate connections with caring adults and engaging activities, and cultivate protective community settings while implementing preventive measures to drive positive youth development in the City ofRichmond.

NextUp’s President and CEO, Dr. Traymanesha Lamy, believes, “Quality out-of-school- time programs are a critical preventative measure in combatting gun violence in Richmond. NextUp is committed to investing in our young people and working closely with youth, families andprogram providers to ensure out-of-school-time opportunities are both safe and accessible.”

Through a competitive process, NextUp received over 58 applications and funded 42 organizations. This funding will ensure that over 3,000 Richmond youth will have access to PYD out-of-school-time programsthis summer! With unwavering support from the City of Richmond and collective action from community organizations, NextUp works to turn the tide against crime and build a safer community where every youngperson can thrive.

The following list contains the approved organizations that received funding for Summer 2024 programs and community-building events, along with their award amounts:

Organization 

Contact Person

Youth Participants 

Funding

Anna Julia Cooper SchoolSam Trepp50$7,500
ART 180Maurice Leoni-Osion10$25,000
ART 180Maurice Leoni-Osion500$1,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro RichmondKatie Rhodes150$25,000
Broken Men FoundationEllery Lundy45$20,000
Building Constructive Communities FoundationJacquelyn Edwards30$7,105
Challenge Discovery ProjectsDenise Barnes40$20,000
CodeVACharles Carnahan230$15,000
Culturecated Educational ServicesShirtiera Lynch30$7,230
Culturecated Educational ServicesShirtiera Lynch150$973
EZMONEYBRO LLC DBA (STUDIO LUCKS LANE NAIL SALON)Chris Santos15$5,000
Flawless ImperfectionsTammie Mobley20$18,000
Foundation for Art & Health, IncShanee Harmon15$10,000
Girls For A ChangeAngela Patton15$1,000
Girls For A ChangeAngela Patton15$25,000
Greater Richmond Fit4KidsEzra Lapidus50$5,220
Groundwork RVAMelissa Guevara12$20,000
Help Empower and Liberate PeoplePatricia Clement60$5,000
IMPACTING FUTURES COMMUNITY SERVICES LLCAnitra Carter10$1,000
It’s Bigger than BraidsRossie Dean7$5,000

 

Just C, IncChenice Brown10$15,000
Kidz R Cookin LLCWendy Huett25$20,000
L.O.C.A.L. AdventuresPreston Slaughter20$1,000
L.O.C.A.L. AdventuresPreston Slaughter30$12,500
Legacy Leadership AcademyJustin Fitzgerald100$1,000
Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inc.Micah Crumm30$7,500
New Life Community Center NonprofitSandra Sykes15$15,000
Next Generation Learning CenterMaria Benjamin15$15,000
Nu Collar SolutionsCurtis Hall15$3,600
Richmond Hill, Inc.Yvette Rajput12$17,000
Rings vs Rent Scholarship FoundationQueen Bailey100$15,000
Rising Towards SuccessDr. Monica Ball1000$1,000
Sew What KidzTalasha Carrington- Lewis40$7,500
St. Luke Legacy Center Foundation, Inc.Korinn Carter10$1,000
St. Luke Legacy Center Foundation, Inc.Korinn Carter10$8,010
STEM-Ed PartnersKatrina Entzminger16$18,000
Street Smartz Over Safety, LLCDremon Miller25$20,000
SwimRVAAdam Kennedy75$18,000
Taylor Lifestyle GroupDanica Taylor10$2,500
The Enough FoundationPamela Spratley10$1,000
Unbreakable Minds CoachingYolanda Hall15$1,000
Unbreakable Minds CoachingYolanda Hall20$20,000
Urban Renaissance SocietyMarvin Underwood Jr15$7,500
Victoria’s KitchenEllen Luckey20$11,490
Virginia OutsideBrittany Deleon30$15,000

 

Virginia University PreparatoryShan Rennalls15$15,000
 Total Impact and Funding3,137

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.