Educational Success

Educational attainment is a key predictor for future success. We invest in strategies proven to have the most influence on students' long-term educational advancement and career preparation. This includes early childhood education and school readiness, supportive school environments and positive teacher interactions, and positive behavioral developments.

For students who do not pursue a traditional path to college, we recognize a need for innovative workforce programs that cultivate job and life skills and provide young people access to career opportunities.

TCF further enhances this body of work with support for out-of-school time enrichment initiatives, a robust scholarship program and professional development awards for educational leaders.

Our Goals:

  • Children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.
  • Youth are nurtured to become skilled, self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

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Podium Foundation

Recent Grants

Winter 2017

Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy
$30,000 to support the Third Pilot Year of the Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
$50,000 to support ongoing core programs to over 400 youth daily at four Clubs in the City of Richmond.

$50,000 to support quality early child care and education.

Communities In Schools of Richmond, Inc.
$100,000 to support coordination services for students in Richmond Public Schools.

Friends Association for Children
$30,000 to provide operating support for childcare and youth development programs.

Higher Achievement Program, Inc.
$50,000 to support the growth of programming focused on expanded learning, caring role models, and high expectations for low-income 5th-8th grade children.

Partnership for the Future
$50,000 to support programming for low-income, college bound students as well as to support a strategic plan to evaluate program expansion.

The Literacy Lab
$30,000 to support 36 full-time tutors.

The Podium Foundation
$15,000 to support middle and high school academic-year writing programs.

VCU Foundation
$54,000 to support the Richmond Teacher Residency.

Virginia Mentoring Partnership
$25,000 to provide general operating support.

YWCA of Richmond
$50,000 to support the Sprout School.

Summer 2016

Communities in Schools of Chesterfield
$25,000 to establish a comprehensive development program that increases the capacity of the CIS of Chesterfield Board of Directors to sustain and expand CIS programming.

First Tee Richmond & Chesterfield
$25,000 to provide capacity building support in the area of marketing and fund development.

Northstar Academy
$50,000 to support the Career Academy for students with disabilities, focused on obtaining employment.

Peter Paul Development Center
$75,000 to support 250 students in quality after school and summer programming designed to support academic growth and connect students to quality enrichment experiences.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
$50,000 to support the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), which provides training and assessment for youth service providers in the Richmond region.

The Valentine
$22,000 to provide experiential programs to students in Richmond's underserved schools. 

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
$25,000 to conduct a feasibility study and explore next steps for implementing a Shared Services Alliance that will centralize key functions of early care providers to save costs, strengthen management capacity, improve early learning, and ensure more sustainable, high quality programs. 

Virginia Repertory Theatre
$50,000 to support of FIELD, Family Involvement in Early Literacy Development, over the 16-17 year, which helps families of young children create language-rich environments. 

See Our Impact

Middle school is a critical turning point in the lives of young people, with the hours after school posing the most risk. Learn how NextUp RVA offers a coordinated system of academic and social support to help students build positive life skills.

Creating Lasting Impact

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