nextup reports

Growing through Adversity

COVID-19 has had far-reaching effects for Richmond’s youth, schools and OST providers. Faced with the reality that in-person programs may not be feasible for some time, we set to work determining how to pivot our organization and program providers to best serve Richmond Public Schools students. We emerged from this challenge with a strong, robust online platform led by community organizations and teachers. We look forward to schools opening again and will be right there to connect students and providers to both in-person instruction and virtual instruction – whichever students and families need. As an organization, we are facing the challenges that COVID-19 presents head on and will continue to lead a robust, accessible system that provides students with a network of quality learning enrichments, adult role models and mentors that empower them academically, socially and emotionally.

Why it Matters


of middle schoolers are low-income 


of middle schoolers failed 8th grade SOL 


of middle schoolers do not graduate on time 

  • Positive school attendance
  • Positive school behavior
  • Positive course performance
  • Strong social-emotional well-being
  • Increase student and school access to quality learning experiences
  • Improve student participation
  • Improve quality of programs and access to professional development


By grade

By gender

By race


average hours each student gains in expanded learning time every year 


of students have an adult after school who they will listen to and respect 


of students say the afterschool programs help them discover what they are good at and what they like to do 


of parents say NextUp has positive influence on their child 

In the News

NextUp RVA – Who are we?

NextUp RVA 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.

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