We’re at an important crossroads. In Virginia, 36 percent of middle school students care for themselves after school, and only nine percent participate in after-school programs. The importance of middle school and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs as part of our students’ educational experience cannot be overstated.

The middle school years are a pivotal time for keeping youth safe and focused on their education and hopeful about their future.

Learning beyond the bell

NextUp provides a free, coordinated system of after-school programs for Richmond middle schools. It’s the new resource for students who are ready to customize how they learn and play after school. It’s arts, it’s science, it’s sports, it’s life skills, it’s self-expression, it’s problem solving — and it’s always productive and fun.

Learn more here.

 See how we’re transforming Richmond middle schoolers’ lives


NextUp seeks letters of interest from high quality organizations to serve as the site coordination agency for its expanded learning, after-school system serving a prospective Richmond Public Schools middle school during the upcoming 19/20 school year.

The site coordination agency will be responsible for overall project management and implementation of the NextUp site and will work collaboratively with NextUp and the school.

Letters of interest and all required documents are due by 2pm, March 15, 2019. Selected organizations will be invited to submit a final proposal for consideration. Click here for LOI.


NextUp seeks high-quality program providers for its expanded learning, after-school system serving Henderson, Boushall, Lucille Brown and Elkhardt Thompson Middle Schools in Richmond City for the 2019/20 school year sessions:

Fall: September 30, 2019 – December 12, 2019
Winter: January 13, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Spring: April 6, 2020 – June 4, 2020

NextUp Program Provider Partners deliver positive and enriching experiences in the areas of Arts Humanities, STEM, Sports & Wellness, and Leadership & Work Readiness that keep students engaged in learning and coming back every day.

We will provide a web-based technical assistance session via Google Hangout on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2:00pm. Click here to RSVP.

Applications and all required documents are due by 2pm, March 1, 2019. Click on this link to access the online application.