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Richmond Good Life :: Volunteering :: Child and Youth Development 

Richmond Virginia (VA) Child and Youth Development

Here is a comprehensive list of Child and Youth Development Volunteering opportunities. 

Name Description
27Reasons  27Reasons Charitable Foundation is designed to teach children and teenagers the growth mechanics of self discipline and empowerment regardless of socioeconomic status or learning impairment. Our organization mission has one goal to: build dreams one heart at a time. 
4-H Youth Virginia Cooperative Extension-Virginia  4-H is the youth development education program of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 4-H is committed to assisting youth, and those adults working with them, in acquiring the knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. The central theme of 4-H education is "learn by doing." 
The American Youth Harp Ensemble The American Youth Harp Ensemble strives to use Music Education as a means to develop children by developing programs and performance opportunities for youth, regardless of financial means, and utilizing the harp as a catalyst for personal growth and community service. 
Angeldeer Positive Action 4-H Club of Ashland Our vision is to cultivate a farm with various farm animals; i.e. alpacas, horses, cows, and chickens for the purpose of teaching the children how to raise and take care of them. This is a place of old fashioned values to reach local at risk kids and establish a place where children can come to learn to reach higher levels, build responsibility, leadership, teamwork , organizational skills along with the most important value yet, a spiritual walk with God.
Annabelle's Angels Annabelle's Angels was created to honor Annabelle Riley Bryant. Annabelle was tragically killed in a back over accident on May 4, 2005, she was 2.5 years old. Her unconditional love and kindness prompted us to start a charitable organization that gives back to the community. Through safety education, the Angels mission is to prevent any further tragedies involving non-traffic, non-crash motor vehicle related accidents.
AROS, Inc. AROS, Inc. helps people to grasp empowerment and personal growth. We provide awareness about violent behaviors in the lives of individuals and communities. We are focused on role modeling positive relationships for troubled youth. The need to reduce violence is imperative and our focus on individuals is an effective way to meet the need.
ART 180 ART 180 creates and provides art-related programs to young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression. Our group is based in Richmond, Virginia.
ASSIST  Our mission is to provide educational,community and financial resources that promote equitable access to post secondary educational initiatives for youth ensuring success as adults in a globally diverse society.
Big Brothers & Big Sisters Services Provides one-to-one life centered mentoring services to citizens of the metropolitan Richmond area and the Tri-Cities areas of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights. Services are provided by Big Brothers, Big Sisters and couples (ages 18 and older) who agree to mentor a youth (ages 6 - 18 at time of application) through weekly contact, visits of three to four hours for a year-long commitment. Screening, home studies, match and supervision activities are provided by staff. 
The Black Dolphin Dive Club’s Youth Program The Black Dolphin Dive Club’s Youth Program goals are the same as the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and that is to promote a sense of pride and camaraderie among our youth by challenging them through involvement in aquatic activities and the marine environment. BDD Youth Program focuses on producing successful, confident young leaders who will have a strong impact on their communities and chosen professions.
Blue Sky Fund  To transform our city's youth, we will challenge them to step outside not only their front door but themselves as well. We believe that outdoor experiences different from our normal routine help to inspire us and broaden our perspectives.
Boy Scouts of America: Heart of Virginia Council  Instills positive values in youth and prepares them to make ethical choices in their lives to achieve their fullest potential. Service to the community and good citizenship are emphasized. Specific programs include: Tiger Club (first grade boys), Cub Scouts (2nd-5th grade boys), Boy Scouts (6th grade-18 year old boys), Exploring (high school aged boys and girls). Troops: Boy Scout Troop 498 (St. Benedict Catholic Church) | Troop 891 (Bon Air United Methodist Church)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond  Serving the Fan, Randolph, Maymont, Oregon Hill, Bainbridge, Blackwell, Afton, Fulton, Highland Park, and other inner-city and surrounding Richmond communities. Provides youth, ages 7-18, with a safe haven where they can develop into confident, responsible and productive citizens through daily youth development programs including educational and personal development, cultural enrichment, social recreation, leadership and citizenship development, health and physical education, outdoor education and camping activities. 
Camp Alkulana Camp Alkulana is a year round ministry of the Richmond Baptist Association with a targeted summer ministry to inner city children.
Camp Diva  To provide opportunities for teen girls to prepare themselves spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and culturally, for their passage into womanhood through after school and summer retreats. 
Carol & Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center Educational, social, recreational and health/wellness services; pre-school and after-school child care, summer camps and senior programming. 
Carver Promise The goals of The Carver Promise are numerous, including encouraging and supporting grade-school aged children in the Richmond community toward college attendance; exposing grade school-aged in the Richmond community to the college lifestyle and experience, and assisting Richmond area grade schools, middle schools, and high schools to educate Richmond’s youth and prepare them for higher education.
Chance Youth Foundation We are a group of people who wishes to make a difference in the community, starting with making a difference in lives of the youth of Richmond, VA. 
Charity Family Life Charity Family Life is a non-profit organization that provides youth and family programs in Richmond, Virginia. We are a family of individuals committed to seeing change within the community - one family at a time.
Chattering Children Chattering Children is a nonprofit organization. We teach children with hearing loss to listen and speak.
ChildSavers of Richmond At the core of Memorial Child Guidance Clinic's mission is a fundamental commitment to the mental well being of children and the positive bond between adult and child. We support this with adult education and training and clinical treatment services that offer reassurance, healing, and the knowledge necessary to achieve normal life and development.
CHIP of Greater Richmond Works to make a difference in the lives of children through an innovative team approach to home centered health education and by providing holistic services to high-risk families with young children in the Metro Richmond area. 
Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) Welcome to the website for Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT)! We are a Christian community development organization that works in a peculiar way. Our goal is simply to "be neighbors" and invite our friends, families and communities to "be neighbors" with us. When we say "open homes", we mean it. Everything at CHAT happens in the context of the home. From tutoring to life-skills training, it all happens in an actual houses where real families reside. Our hope is that by making the residents of our inner city community a part of our family that God will be able to "transform hearts" and in doing so change the harsh reality of the urban environment. It is our hope that you will get to know us and join us in this task. 
Commonwealth Parenting Our mission is to help parents and families of metropolitan Richmond and surrounding communities develop effective parenting capabilities through education, support and skill development.
Destiny Child Development Center Destiny Child Development Center is a childcare provider offering a Christ-centered, safe and nurturing learning environment where children can be children and parents can be fully involved. 
The East District Family Resource Center The East District Family Resource Center is a community-wide collaborative effort of East District residents, the City of Richmond, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Memorial Child Guidance Clinic and other service providers and community organizations designed to improve the lives of children and families in Richmond's East District. 
East End Partnership with Families The East End Partnership for Families project is a collaboration where Institute staff work to build leadership capacity among partner organizations and residents in the East End section of Richmond.
Elijah House Academy Right now, we are forming the young people who will determine the future of our city, nation and world. God is searching for a place where he can send the “righteous seed” for academic and spiritual training - a place where character formation is emphasized and successful life skills are imparted. 
Elk Hill Farm Elk Hill serves youth through residential, day school, and group home programs; all three are designed to hold the youth accountable for their behaviors, promote emotional and physical wellness, and give them the tools they need to become positive, productive citizens.
The Faces of Hope HOPE is dedicated to educating and improving the lives of children who are struggling with obesity. We believe that the fight starts at home to alleviate any barriers within their surrounds
Family Lifeline
Reaches out into the community and helps families build strength from within. Programs include Communiy Services, Youth Services, and Family Home Care. Additional offices in Chesterfield and Petersburg. 
Father Focus  Our mission is driven by our commitment to improve children’s readiness for early education. The ecological model on which school readiness is built posits that children’s healthy physical, mental, social, and emotional development during the early years depends upon the quality of their surroundings and interaction with others. 
The Fresh Air Fund Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities.
A Fresh Start For Single Mothers And Their Children Community Outreach Mission Project  A Fresh Start For Single Mothers And Their Children Community Outreach Mission Project is a unique faith-based eight+ week program designed to provide an environment of positive support for single mothers and their children in which they will find encouragement, education, inspiration, growth, hope for daily living and the future.
Friends Association for Children Services to support families with the goal of improving the present quality of life for adults and children, including developmental child care for children, ages 2-12; family guidance education; community service and leadership training programs for Richmond area residents.
Girl Scouts, Commonwealth Council of Virginia Provides opportunities for girls from diverse backgrounds to develop their potential, make friends and become contributing citizens. The program provides balanced development for girls through informal educational, recreational and community service activities; planning and decision making are guided in partnership with trained adult volunteers. 
Hanover Comprehensive Services Act (CSA)  The Hanover CSA office implements the requirements of Virginia law designed to help troubled youths and their families, specifically those in need.
Hanover Education Foundation  Our mission is to provide students with unparalleled educational opportunities and experiences by augmenting existing tax and grant-based funds.
Hanover's Promise-The Alliance For Youth Hanover's Promise, the Alliance for Youth is based within the Department and is focused on promoting and enhancing collaborative community efforts to ensure that all children and youth are provided the five fundamental resources they need to succeed.
Hanover Youth Service Council (HYSC) The Hanover Youth Services Council is a group of middle and high school students selected from across the county whose purpose is to promote community involvement and volunteerism among the youth of Hanover County. The Council meets regularly to plan and implement a variety of service projects. They are most known for their annual county-wide school supply drive through which they provide boxes of supplies to every elementary school each September. 
Henrico Education Foundation  Since 1997, the Henrico Education Foundation Inc. has established itself as the vehicle for individuals and businesses to support public education in Henrico County.
"I Have a Dream" Foundation - Richmond 
IHAD Richmond will be providing activities to its dreamers after school that will be both educational and fun. Children learn best when they are having fun and there are often not enough activities to keep them out of trouble. 
Intercept Youth Services Intercept Youth Services, licensed by the Department of Mental Health, Mental retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, provides comprehensive treatment programs for troubled adolescent males (ages 12-19) and females (ages 13-19). 
Jackson Feild Homes Jackson-Feild Homes is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing gender specific programs and services for adolescent females ages 13 up to 21 who are “at risk” for mental health problems, delinquent behaviors and/or failure to complete their basic education. We operate residential programs for girls at our main campus in Jarratt, Virginia and in Richmond, Virginia. We originated in 1855 as an orphan asylum and have evolved into the largest private facility in Virginia to specialize in serving female adolescents.
Jordan's Quest, Inc. Jordan's Quest is a for profit corporation dedicated to educating parents of children 0-18 years of age, on ways to bond and discipline their children without the fear of lowering their child's self-esteem. 
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia To bring role models from our business community into the classroom to deliver educational programs about free enterprise, economics, and personal finance, enhanced by their own real world experiences
Learning Bridge - Collegiate School In its tenth year at Collegiate, the Learning Bridge program is serving 67 middle school students from the Richmond Public Schools. By engaging young people in the process of learning, setting high expectations, and giving them tools they need to be successful, there are two ultimate goals of Learning Bridge Richmond: (1) Empower under-served students with limited educational opportunities to succeed in college preparatory programs and attend college (2) Encourage high school and college students to experience the challenges of becoming a teacher, a mentor and a leader.
Learning for Life Learning for Life offers seven programs designed to support schools and community-based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of contemporary society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. The seven programs focus on character development and career education. Learning for Life programs help youth develop social and life skills, assist in character and career development, and help youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential.
Lobs and Lessons Currently Lobs & Lessons has approximately 80 children in the program full time from William Byrd Community House, Sacred Heart Center, and North Richmond YMCA. The 2006-07 school year is devoted to teaching the children skills for ‘Positive Power’ that are essential to good sportsmanship and to positive youth development. 
Lutheran Family Services  At Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, we believe in families.  That’s why we help create families with adoption and foster care services. We preserve families with counseling and training. We support families by educating students with special needs in unique learning environments. We do all these things and more for people of all faiths because we believe in service, and most of all we believe in families. Find out more about how Lutheran Family Services of Virginia serves families.
Miracle League of Richmond Virginia The mission of the Miracle League is to offer accessible recreational opportunities for children with special needs so that they can participate in a team sport as a member of an organized baseball league. 
MOTIV8S To Educate, Motivate and Empower people to lead productive lives through a variety of structured educational group sessions designed to maximize human potential and minimize negative thinking and behavior.
The Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton Hill The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) is a grassroots educational and cultural center fostering personal growth and community change in Greater Fulton Hill neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. The NRC strengthens individuals and communities by providing opportunities for neighbors to build relationships, access resources, and develop the skills to enhance their lives and determine the fate of their community.
Northstar Academy Northstar Academy is the only independent school in Greater Richmond for children with broad learning challenges. We provide an excellent educational environment to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of children with learning differences. 
Nubian Village Academy & Cultural Center Our mission is to arm each student with an education that will engage the whole student and promote a lifetime of learning through a program that is academically challenging and culturally relevant.  
Open Doors Learning Center Open Doors Learning Center Mission is to provide a positive learning experience through professionally supported learning services. We are committed to assisting people succeed by empowering the community through education.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center  The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center assists the families of children with disabilities through education, information and training. PEATC builds parent-professional partnerships to promote success in school and community life.
Partnership for Families, Northside, Inc.  The Partnership for Families Northside is a pioneering group of established organizations that helps families prepare their children from birth to five years to enter school healthy and ready to learn. The Robins Foundation is supporting the Partnership during its first years. 
Partnership for the Future  Partnership for the Future (PFF) is a college preparation and youth employment program that spans over three consecutive summers and two academic years. Participants from PFF’s Partner High Schools apply as tenth-graders, beginning the program the following summer.
Peter Paul Youth Development Center  The Peter Paul Development Center is an outreach and community service ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, serving Church Hill and neighboring communities in the East End of Richmond. 
Powell Center for Economic Literacy The Powell Center is a resource for teachers and students across the country, with lesson plans, curricula and information on learning opportunities in the field of economics.
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, a statewide, private, nonprofit organization, leads a coalition of community partners across the Commonwealth. We are committed to preventing child abuse and neglect through actions taken as leaders, advocates, educators and collaborators. 
Project Community, Inc By way of partners and sponsors forming a strong alliance, Project Community will be able to provide continuous programs and services to advance, empower, rebuild and unite communities to a higher level of preparation for a new beginning.  STAR (Success Through Academics and Recreation) is an after-school program providing K-12 students with tutoring, rigorous educational gaming and mentoring, provided by the PC Mentoring Initiative. 
Project Discovery of Virginia To increase access to and prepare elementary through high school students for success in post-secondary education.
Read Aloud Virginia The organization’s mission is promoting healthy, successful children through reading aloud, and it is committed to encouraging parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults to assume responsibility for children’s literacy by reading to them for 20 minutes a day. 
Richmond Boys Choir All Richmond Boys Choir prospects must audition for membership consideration. Auditions are open to boys ages 7-17 years and are held all year at locations throughout Richmond and in the surrounding countries. 
Richmond Community Action Program, Inc.  The Richmond Community Action Program, Inc. is a private non-profit agency that was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to combat problems associated with poverty in the Richmond Metropolitan Area.
Richmond Midnight Basketball League  Since 1995, the Richmond Midnight Basketball League has been working to meet the recreational and societal needs of underserved youth and young adults. 
The Richmond Youth Peace Project The Richmond Youth Peace Project is an initiative of the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns. We want to help young people learn to settle conflicts nonviolently, and give them opportunities to express their ideas and concerns positively, through the arts, including spoken word, writing and music. 
Riverside School  Riverside School seeks to provide learning disabled students with an environment in which pressures are removed, the failure pattern is eradicated, and self-concept is improved. A systematic and sequential multi-sensory, success oriented approach is used; and a supportive, caring and nurturing atmosphere is provided.
ROSMY ROSMY's mission is to enhance the general well-being of sexual minority youth through support, education and advocacy and opportunities. Click the links below to learn more about what we do. 
Ruby's Run Ruby's Run is a fundraising event "by kids and for kids" in the Greater Richmond, VA area. All proceeds go to the Ruby Harvey Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ruby's preschool, Second Presbyterian Child Care Center in the heart of downtown Richmond. 
Sacred Heart Center  Sacred Heart Center is a non-profit community center serving its surrounding neighborhoods of South Richmond, one of the poorest and most violent sections in the city of Richmond. Our mission is to be a source of hope and strength for children and families. 
Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center Our mission is to provide speech, language, fluency, voice, hearing and auditory processing disorder evaluations and treatment to children, with fees based on their families' ability to pay. 
Southside Child Development Center  Provides day care services and early childhood education for children of working parents. Services include health and developmental screenings, family support and involvement, USDA certified meals, large enclosed playgrounds, large classrooms with interest centers, college educated and trained staff. Year round enrollment for children ages 2-5 years old and summer enrollment for children 6-12 years old. 
SPARC SPARC inspires young people, ages 5-18, to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts. SPARC helps young performers develop life skills and responsibility, and helps Richmond grow its future leaders.
St. Joseph's Villa The Villa’s mission is to provide children with special needs and their families the opportunity to succeed through innovative and effective services. We say that “we never stop believing in children and their families,” and we mean it. Every child, regardless of his or her physical or emotional condition, deserves a safe and nurturing place to learn, to heal and to grow. 
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Micah Ministry Outreach is a long, strong tradition at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Today, the Micah Ministry, a partnership with Woodville Elementary School; and Thursdays at St. Paul’s, an on-site ministry for the homeless and working poor, are the church’s two core outreach programs. These ministries resulted from task forces which emphasized the importance of the church’s role in providing transforming experiences through relationships.
StandUp For Kids The mission of STANDUP FOR KIDS is to help homeless and street kids. We do this, every day, in cities across America. We carry out our mission through our volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives.
Students Reaching Students Students Reaching Students, Inc. (SRS) was formed in 1993 to provide information, inspiration and practical assistance (as drawn from our collective experience and careers) to at risk men and women ages 12-22 to aide them in becoming successful students and productive adults in our society. Our organization builds upon and, as such, supplements the training received by these young people in their homes and schools.
SynerGeo SynerGeo is a 501 (c) (3) organization. The mission of SynerGeo is to enrich the lives of children and families through the arts, education, and cultural awareness. Our vision is to partner with struggling communities in order to empower people to live in community with mindfulness, compassion, and creativity.
Telamon We provide literacy and early childhood education, job training, emergency services, temporary or permanent housing opportunities, and a number of others. 
United Methodist Family Services  The seeds of our success were planted more than a century ago. The goal of UMFS has always been ambitious – to provide a broad spectrum of human services to enable children and families to realize their hopes for the future. Touch a life, create a future is a principle that guides our every action – and it comes as much from our hearts as it does our expertise.
United Methodist Urban Ministries UMUMR’s mission, to connect people and organizations so that they may work together to form strong communities, is carried out by focusing on four primary program areas: feeding, education through mentoring, affordable housing, and jobs/job skill development. 
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg 
United Way is committed to improving the quality of life in the Greater Richmond-Petersburg region. We work together with organizations and individuals to achieve positive and lasting change in our community.  We conduct on-going research to assess our community's needs and identify the best approaches to achieve our community vision for children. United Way then brings together community partners to find solutions that focus on the root cause of problems, provide lasting change and prepare children for success.
University of Richmond Micah Initiative The University of Richmond Micah Initiative was created in 2003 with the hope of connecting students from the UR community with kids from the east end of Richmond. Over one hundred volunteers signed up to participate in one of Micah's programs in the first year with mentors spanning from Whitcomb Court Elementary School to the Peter-Paul Development Center. Our organization, unlike other service organizations, limits its duties to the assistance and development of education with at-risk youth from Richmond. 
VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development  The Institute’s mission is to ‘empower youth, schools, families, and other stakeholders to promote the healthy, safe, and otherwise positive development of youth in our defined community from early adolescence through emerging adulthood.’  
The Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network (VACCRRN)  The Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network (VACCRRN) is a statewide organization established in 1989 to promote and support quality child care resources throughout Virginia and to coordinate the efforts of more than a dozen local agencies.
Virginia Heroes Incorporated  Our mission is to inspire youth to achieve, and to encourage development of sound values. Our method is to provide interaction betweeen middle school adolescents and mentors on a regular basis. 
Virginia Home for Boys and Girls Virginia Home for Boys and Girls is a child and family service agency providing residential group care, alternative education, independent living, emergency shelter and clinical services.
Virginia Mentoring Partnership Virginia Mentoring Partnership exists to provide educational services to existing and developing mentoring programs to increase the number and quality of mentoring relationships for children and youth in the state of Virginia.
Voices for Virginia's Children Voices for Virginia’s Children is a statewide, privately funded, non-partisan awareness and advocacy organization that builds support for practical public policies to improve the lives of children. 
Volunteer Emergency Families for Children  Volunteer Emergency Families for Children's mission is helping children and youth in crisis. VEFC recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide short-term shelter care and mentoring to abused, neglected, runaway, homeless and at-risk children and youth in Virginia.
VSA arts of Virginia VSA arts of Virginia promotes the arts, education, and creative expression, involving children and adults with disabilities, thereby strengthening the human spirit and improving the quality of life for all.
William Byrd Community House Empowers families and individuals facing poverty, violence and limited opportunities by helping them learn how to draw on their strengths to build a better future. Services to more than 3,500 families, children and seniors include youth employment training, homeless prevention, life skills counseling, and pre-school education.
YES 4 Youth It is the mission of Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. to serve our community by developing and administering programs that address the unique issues facing the children in our care and to enhance the quality of life for youth and their families through a comprehensive continuum of therapeutic care in the fields of social services, education, mental health, and housing. 
YMCA of Greater Richmond  Provides youth, adults and families with programs that support body, mind and spirit. Emphasis on youth services, child care, summer camp, family programs, swimming and physical fitness. Serves 65,000 people annually through programs at 10 area branches and an outdoor camp. Branches: Chester, Chickahominy, Downtown, Manchester, Midlothian, North Richmond, Patrick Henry, Shady Grove, Southside Virginia, Tuckahoe, Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Center.  
Young Audiences of Virginia  Young Audiences of Virginia, is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1955. From its humble beginnings in Norfolk with a single string ensemble and a handful of volunteers, Young Audiences of Virginia has grown to over 130 professional artists serving the entire state. As the largest arts-in-education organizationin Virginia, we supply educators with a powerful teaching tool at every level. 
Youth Life Foundation of Richmond The Youth Life Learning Center of Richmond is committed to nurturing the child, strengthening the family, and rebuilding the community. We believe that early support for children helps to ensure their successful future.
Youth Matters Youth Matters mobilizes community resources on behalf of Richmond region children. Serving the City of Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, this unique non-profit initiative of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, funded in part by The Robert Wood Johnson foundation, works for fundamental improvements to the way our region supports families and children. Youth Matters partners with neighborhood leaders, libraries, universities, schools, churches, businesses, service providers, local and state governments, and others to improve youth health and safety.

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