Celebrating 24 Years of Community Service.
Over the last 25 years, the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation has been exploring ways to create durable gains that measurably improve the lives of youth throughout the Hampton Roads area.
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.
Formed in 1997, by a group of progressive thinkers, the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation (HRYF) was established with the objective of providing educational, social and economic programs for youth in the Hampton Roads community. The HRYF has worked successfully with allies who believe, support and stand for the same principles on which the organization was founded on.
From strategic partnerships to tireless volunteer labor, the HRYF has evolved to meet the challenges of the day, while remaining true to its original mission. With renewed commitment, the HRYF is poised to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The mission of the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation is to cultivate, develop, and manage programs which enhance and enrich the lives of at-risk youth in Hampton Roads, Virginia area by promoting academic excellence, social responsibility and community service.
Using sports as a metaphor for life, the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation (HRYF) strives to serve as a catalyst for academic success and responsible citizenship. A 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, HRYF operates with the intent to educate through community service. To maximize its impact and effectiveness, HRYF leverages its resources through group and individual donations, sponsorships, partnerships, community resources and volunteers.
Carl Francis, Co-Founder
Carl Francis, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation is also the Director of Communications for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and has served in this capacity since January of 1994. Francis received his B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Virginia Union University.
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Vernon Lee, Jr., Co-Founder
Vernon Lee, Jr, Co-Founder of the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation and trusted business investment advisor to several middle market companies, institutional investors, entrepreneurs, and entertainment partners. As the Founder of Brightwood Management Partners, LLC his business involvement also includes deals with partners based in China, Africa, and the Middle East.
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