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 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
Expand Learning Opportunities
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 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.
Steven A. Rogers (Steve)
Writer & Speaker
Senior Vice President, Community Engagement & Outreach
Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff
West Cary Group
Vice President & General Counsel
John A. Luke, Jr.
Enterprise Client Leader Aon Hewitt
Thurston R. Moore
Immediate Past Chair
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Senior Advisor & Partner
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
Silvercrest Asset Management Group
Krissy M. Gathright
Apple Hospitality REIT – COO – Retired
William H. Goodwin, Jr. (Bill)
CCA Industries, Inc.
School Board Member – 9th District
Richmond City School Board
Richmond Public Schools
John McCurley, Md, Mha
Clinical Professor of Medicine
MCV Physicians – Division of General Internal Medicine
Colette Wallace McEachin
City of Richmond
Senior Vice President, Strategic Management Officer
Mayor – City of Richmond
Our Advisory Committee
SVP – Community Engagement and Outreach
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Director of Community Development
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
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
Senior Program Officer
Shadae Harris, Ph.D.
Chief Engagement Officer
Richmond Public Schools
Chief Operations Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
Community Affairs Engagement Strategist
Mary Dunne Stewart
President / CEO
Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
Dominion Energy Services, Inc.
RPS Education Foundation
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NextUp RVA, Inc.
Barbara Couto Sipe, President & CEO
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230