The City of Richmond and NextUp join forces to Award $493,628 to Community-Based Organizations for Summer 2024 Positive Youth Development Programs and Events

RICHMOND, VAMay 6, 2024—NextUp and the City of Richmond will disperse $493,628 from the Positive Youth Development Fund in grants to 42 grassroots and community organizations that provide quality out-of-school time programming and events so that youth closest to communities affected by violence can have resources to disrupt the cycle.    

Grants will support various positive youth development (PYD) programs, including STEM summer camps, career exploration, and youth mentorship. The PYD Fund is a critical component of the City of Richmond’s Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention (GVPI) Framework, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to reducing gun violence while strengthening community and individuals across Richmond. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative efforts with community-based organizations across the city, NextUp advances evidence-based approaches to influence the risk and protective factors for youth violence as identified by the Centers for Disease Control.   

“I am incredibly grateful for the City’s partnership with NextUp to provide community-based programming for our youth,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “It is important that we provide a diversity of opportunities for youth across our entire city – and that is exactly what NextUp has done by working with our community partners.” 

The programs target youth aged 12-19 and provide opportunities to learn, grow, and develop in a safe and supportive environment. These initiatives aim to nurture supportive family environments, bolster youth skills, facilitate connections with caring adults and engaging activities, and cultivate protective community settings while implementing preventive measures to drive positive youth development in the City of Richmond.   

NextUp’s President and CEO, Dr. Traymanesha Lamy, believes, “Quality out-of-school-time programs are a critical preventative measure in combatting gun violence in Richmond. NextUp is committed to investing in our young people and working closely with youth, families and program providers to ensure out-of-school-time opportunities are both safe and accessible.”  

Through a competitive process, NextUp received over 58 applications and funded 42 organizations. This funding will ensure that over 3,000 Richmond youth will have access to PYD out-of-school-time programs this summer! With unwavering support from the City of Richmond and collective action from community organizations, NextUp works to turn the tide against crime and build a safer community where every young person can thrive. 

The following list contains the approved organizations that received funding for Summer 2024 programs and community-building events, along with their award amounts: 

Organization Contact Person Youth Participants Funding
Anna Julia Cooper School Sam Trepp 50 $7,500
ART 180 Maurice Leoni-Osion 10 $25,000
ART 180 Maurice Leoni-Osion 500 $1,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond Katie Rhodes 150 $25,000
Broken Men Foundation Ellery Lundy 45 $20,000
Building Constructive Communities Foundation Jacquelyn Edwards 30 $7,105
Challenge Discovery Projects Denise Barnes 40 $20,000
CodeVA Charles Carnahan 230 $15,000
Culturecated Educational Services Shirtiera Lynch 30 $7,230
Culturecated Educational Services Shirtiera Lynch 150 $973
EZMONEYBRO LLC DBA (STUDIO LUCKS LANE NAIL SALON) Chris Santos 15 $5,000
Flawless Imperfections Tammie Mobley 20 $18,000
Foundation for Art & Health, Inc Shanee Harmon 15 $10,000
Girls For A Change Angela Patton 30 $26,000
Greater Richmond Fit4Kids Ezra Lapidus 50 $5,220
Groundwork RVA Melissa Guevara 12 $20,000
Help Empower and Liberate People Patricia Clement 60 $5,000
IMPACTING FUTURES COMMUNITY SERVICES LLC Anitra Carter 10 $1,000
It’s Bigger than Braids Rossie Dean 7 $5,000
Just C, Inc Chenice Brown 10 $15,000
Kidz R Cookin LLC Wendy Huett 25 $20,000
L.O.C.A.L. Adventures Preston Slaughter 50 $13,500
Legacy Leadership Academy Justin Fitzgerald 100 $1,000
Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inc. Micah Crumm 30 $7,500
New Life Community Center Nonprofit Sandra Sykes 15 $15,000
Next Generation Learning Center Maria Benjamin 15 $15,000
Nu Collar Solutions Curtis Hall 15 $3,600
Richmond Hill, Inc. Yvette Rajput 12 $17,000
Rings vs Rent Scholarship Foundation Queen Bailey 100 $15,000
Rising Towards Success Dr. Monica Ball 1000 $1,000
Sew What Kidz Talasha Carrington-Lewis 40 $7,500
St. Luke Legacy Center Foundation, Inc. Korinn Carter 20 $9,010
St. Luke Legacy Center Foundation, Inc. Korinn Carter 10 $8,010
STEM-Ed Partners Katrina Entzminger 16 $18,000
Street Smartz Over Safety, LLC Dremon Miller 25 $20,000
SwimRVA Adam Kennedy 75 $18,000
Taylor Lifestyle Group Danica Taylor 10 $2,500
The Enough Foundation Pamela Spratley 10 $1,000
Unbreakable Minds Coaching Yolanda Hall 35 $21,000
Urban Renaissance Society Marvin Underwood Jr 15 $7,500
Victoria’s Kitchen Ellen Luckey 20 $11,490
Virginia Outside Brittany Deleon 30 $15,000
Virginia University Preparatory Shan Rennalls 15 $15,000
Total Impact and Funding 3,137 $493,628

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Candace Benn, Executive Vice President, System Operations 

Cbenn@nextuprva.org 

804-409-5634 

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