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

Create Access

Expand Learning Opportunities 

Promote Quality

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.

Site Coordinators

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

Science & Technology

These programs teach web page construction and essential computer skills.

Sports & Health

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

Mentoring & Leadership

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

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

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.

Snacks & Dinner

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

Arts & Humanities

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

Career & Work Readiness

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

Our Staff

Amanda Macdonald

Development Director

Amir Elsayed

Program Manager

Anderson Hayes

Manager of Communications
& Marketing

Barbara Couto Sipe

President & CEO

Candace Benn

Director of Evaluations &
Continuous Improvement

Emma Bruny

Development Coordinator

Jeanine Turner

Director of Programs

Munasha Acharya Kafle

Evaluation Specialist

Reta Roberts

Director of Finance
& Operations

Sarah Ramirez

Program Services Coordinator

Our Board

Steven A. Rogers (Steve)

Board Chair
Writer & Speaker

Robin Pope-Moss

Advisory Chair
Senior Vice President, Community Engagement & Outreach

Troy Dye

Development Chair
Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff
West Cary Group

Carlos Brown

Governance Chair

Vice President & General Counsel
Dominion Energy

John A. Luke, Jr.

Governance Secretary 
WestRock Company

Tayloe Negus

Audit Chair
Enterprise Client Leader Aon Hewitt

Thurston R. Moore

Immediate Past Chair
Chairman Emeritus
Hunton Andrews Kurth

Heidi Abbott

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Frank Atkinson

Senior Advisor & Partner
McGuireWoods LLC

Tim Bicha

Senior Vice President, Mortgage Operations

Jeffrey Bourne (Jeff)

Virginia House of Delegates, 71st District

Moses W. Foster, Jr.

President & Chief Executive Officer
West Cary Group LLC

Palmer Garson

Managing Director
Silvercrest Asset Management Group

Krissy M. Gathright

Apple Hospitality REIT – COO – Retired 

William H. Goodwin, Jr. (Bill)

CCA Industries, Inc.

Nicole Jones

School Board Member – 9th District
Richmond City School Board

Jason Kamras

Richmond Public Schools

John McCurley, Md, Mha

Clinical Professor of Medicine
MCV Physicians – Division of General Internal Medicine

Colette Wallace McEachin 

Commonwealth’s Attorney
City of Richmond

Linda Schreiner

Senior Vice President, Strategic Management Officer
Markel Corporation

Levar Stoney

Mayor – City of Richmond

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

Eva Colen

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

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

Need help with online classes and registration or have any other questions? We can help.

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