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NextUp RVA fosters learning beyond the bell
NextUp RVA fosters learning beyond the bell

NextUp RVA is a community-wide collaboration to provide free, high-quality out-of-school programs - after school and during the summer - for Richmond Public Schools' middle schools. Since its inception in 2013, The Community Foundation has supported the NextUp mission to help Richmond's youth thrive in school, at home and in the community. According to the most recent community indicators report by the Capital Region Collaborative, education continues to be a top priority for our Greater Richmond Region. The goal is to ensure that every child has potential to compete and achieve in a global environment. The Community Foundation invests in strategies like NextUp RVA that are proven to have the most influence on students' long-term educational advancement and career preparation. 

This year, NextUp expanded into a third school, Lucille Brown Middle School. A total of 176 student participants, 34% of whom were identified at-risk of drop-out, are offered 20 different programs in the areas of Sports and Health, Leadership/Work Readiness, Arts & Humanities and STEM. Recently the NextUp-Lucille Brown chess team placed first in the Hopewell Classics tournament; the teammates are now recognized as "rated tournament chess players", and will be able to add their experience to high school and college applications. Additionally, the Robotics team qualified for the semi-finals round for in the Central Virginia Robotics Tournament, competing against skilled high school teams! We look forward to hearing more success stories as students continue to learn and grow through the robust programming NextUp has to offer.

Lucille Brown Quick Facts

  • 91% of students say they enjoy the benefits of the NextUp program
  • 85% of students agree that the classes are interesting
  • 95% of students believe the staff cares about them
  • 89% of students say they feel safe at NextUp

Check out the following video to learn about NextUp programs, and how a coordinated system of academic and expanded learning helps youth build positive life skills:


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