about nextup

Our Vision

Richmond’s youth will thrive in school, at home and in the community.

Studies show that structured Out-of-School Time (OST) programs make a positive difference in the lives of students and their families, and in the communities where they live and grow. Quality programs designed to offer experiences that supplement and support school-based education often lead to better school attendance, behavior and course performance. Also, quality OST programs provide a safe place to receive academic support and develop interests, passions and social skills.

We believe that the better coordinated our community’s efforts are, the more students can access programs, and the more students can be served, the stronger our community will be.

Our Mission

Our mission at NextUp is to provide all Richmond middle school students with access to coordinated, high-quality learning experiences beyond the classroom.

We believe that when students participate in high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs, they benefit academically, physically and socially.

What We Do

Step 1

Create Access

Step 2

Expand Learning Opportunities 

Step 3

Promote Quality

Step 4

Measure Impact

A Day in the Life of Nextup RVA

A coordinated system of expanded learning for middle schools.

NextUp isn’t one single program or in one specific building. Rather, it’s a coordinated network of providers neatly managed under one system, giving students better access to quality enchrichment that puts them on a path to success. For a minimum of two days every week, students can participate in activities based on their interests.

Students continue learning beyond the bell through hands-on experiences, creativity and fun.
Around 6:30, all programs dismiss and buses take every child home safely.

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Site Coordinators

Site Coordinators work with NextUp to organize providers and students and coordinate activities with the schools.

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Science & Technology

These programs teach web page construction and essential computer skills.

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Sports & Health

Youth participate in enriching and fun healthy experiences, from running a 5K to growing fresh produce in the garden.

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Mentoring & Leadership

These programs provide a setting to talk about real issues for personal development.

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Students are the center of our system. They are at the heart of all we do.

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Student Support Services

The Student Support Coordinator at each site monitors the behavior and needs of each student and connects them to the help they need.

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Snacks & Dinner

Nutritious snacks and a satisfying dinner are provided for every student, ensuring that no one goes home hungry.

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Arts & Humanities

Performance and studio art programs help students develop an understanding of the relationship between art, life and community. 

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Career & Work Readiness

Students learn and develop crucial working skills that will help them in the real world. 

Our Staff

Candace Simon Benn

Director of Evaluation and Continuous Improvement

Emma Bruny

Development Coordinator

Amir Elsayed

Program Manager

Munasha Acharya Kafle

Evaluation Specialist

Amanda Macdonald

Development Director

Paulene Murphy

Interim Bookkeeper 

Alex Neal

Communications Manager

Sarah Ramirez

Program Services Coordinator

Jenny Ross

CPA – Controller

Barbara Couto Sipe

President & CEO

Jeanine Turner

Director of Programs

Reta Roberts

Director of Finance & Operations

Our Board

Thurston R. Moore

Board Chair
Chairman Emeritus
Hunton Andrews Kurth

Heidi Abbott

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Frank Atkinson

Senior Advisor & Partner
McGuireWoods LLC

Jeffrey Bourne (Jeff)

Virginia House of Delegates, 71st District

Carlos Brown

Vice President and General Counsel
Dominion Energy

Troy Dye

Senior Vice President, Growth

Moses W. Foster, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer
West Cary Group LLC

Krissy M. Gathright

Chief Operating Officer – Retired
Apple Hospitality REIT

William H. Goodwin, Jr. (Bill)

CCA Industries, Inc.

Jennifer Hunter

Senior Vice President
Corporate Citizenship
Altria Client Services, Inc.

Jason Kamras

Richmond Public Schools

John A. Luke, Jr.

Board Secretary & Governance Chair
WestRock Company

Janice Luvera

Development Chair
Chief Marketing Officer – Retired

John McCurley, Md, Mha

Clinical Professor of Medicine
MCV Physicians
Division of General Internal Medicine

Colette McEachin

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney
City of Richmond

Tayloe Negus

Audit Chair
Partner, Enterprise Client Leader
Aon Hewitt

Robin Pope-Moss

Advisory Chair
SunTrust Foundation
First Vice President, Purpose and Community Engagement Manager

Steven A. Rogers (Steve)

Board Vice Chair & Finance Chair
Senior Vice President, Financial Management
Dominion Energy – Retired

Levar Stoney

City of Richmond

Chriss Walther-Thomas, Ph.D.

Professor of Education – Retired
Virginia Commonwealth University

Nicole Jones

School Board Member- 9th District
Richmond City School Board

Tim Bicha

Senior Vice President, Mortgage Operations

Linda Schreiner

Senior Vice President, Strategic Management Officer
Markel Corporation

Our Advisory Committee

Robin Pope-Moss

SVP – Community Engagement and Outreach
Trust Bank

Heidi Abbott

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Tyler Agee

Director of Community Development
Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Kimberly M. Bridges, Ed.L.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Education
Virginia Commonwealth University

Mollie Brooks

Grants Manager
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Angel Clarke

VP/Community Relations Manager – RHMD, Virginia Office of CAO – Bank of America

Eva Colen

Sr. Policy Advisor – Youth Initiatives
Mayor’s Office – City of Richmond

Kathryn Fessler (Katie)

Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship
Altria Client Services

Harold Fitrer Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Communities In Schools of Richmond

Greg Gallop

Senior Program Officer
Community Foundation

Shadae Harris, Ph.D.

Chief Engagement Officer
Richmond Public Schools

Sean Miller

Chief Operations Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond

Jamie Seagraves

Community Affairs Engagement Strategist
Capital One

Mary Dunne Stewart

President / CEO
Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Vera Thoms

Philanthropy Coordinator
Dominion Energy Services, Inc.

Ty Toepke

Executive Director
RPS Education Foundation

Contact us

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NextUp RVA, Inc.
Barbara Couto Sipe, President & CEO
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230