Over the last several years, the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation have been exploring ways to create durable gains that measurably improve the lives of youth throughout the Hampton Roads area.
We view community building as an important strategy for securing improved conditions for young people in society. Young people need healthy communities in order to thrive: community leaders, local professional athletes, teachers, coaches and local business leaders. It is essential that our youth grow up in a strong community environment with strong programs to support their growth.
The youth of today must be also supported by and connected to larger systems: strong school systems, boys and girls clubs, city recreation centers and churches. We cannot, therefore, ignore the importance of building a strong education base to effect reforms in these systems in ways to build strength, not dependence, and reduce the isolation of youth living in tough neighborhoods.
We believe that young people have contributions to make long before adulthood, but they remain an underutilized resource in our communities. They want to be trained as role models and learn the tools that will allow them to someday be productive citizens. The programs we develop will address the issues young people face in becoming positive people. Given the complexities young people face in today's society, the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation will discover ways to assist youth with making the right decisions in preparing for life.
Your support of the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation will give young people the support they need in order to reach their dreams of going to college, becoming role models and reaching their athletic potential.