The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy (YEA) is a unique program for Hampton Roads youth developed by Visions of Truth
Community Development Corporation (VOTCDC), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.
VOTCDC is passionate about providing non- traditional educational opportunities in interactive ways that engage and
challenge youth, while reinforcing learning. The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy provides the positive programmatic
tools needed to expose students to and guide them through the disciplines, values and business acumen needed to help
put them on the path to success.
MissionThe Youth Entrepreneurship Academy was developed to provide an educational experience to students throughout the City of Portsmouth, Virginia to increase the number of vulnerable young people succeeding in high school, postsecondary education and training, and the labor market; decrease disparities along key indicators for racial minorities, low income, foster and court involved youth.
Here's How the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy Works The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy is a free program available to Portsmouth Public School District students in grades 7-12.
The program offers coursework in math, English/language arts, science and social studies, all of which are carefully aligned
with Virginia state standards to ensure that all students receive rigorous instruction that will result in academic achievement.
YEA's curriculum is based on a solid model developed by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) which
has a proven track record of success in changing the attitudes and career aspirations of middle and high school students.
In addition to its core academic program, YEA offers entrepreneurship education utilizing curriculum developed by the National
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which has proven effective for more than 280,000 young people across the
country. The unique features of YEA include:
Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Job Readiness Curriculum
STRIVE is VOTCDC's flagship program. STRIVE is an acronym for Students Taking Responsibility In Valuing Education.
MissionSTRIVE's mission is to "Maximize the well being of children and families in Hampton Roads through the development and coordination of a comprehensive continuum of family-focused programs and services."
About STRIVE STRIVE is an out-of-school suspension/prevention program designed to promote positive self-esteem and character traits,
promote regular school attendance, and improve proficiency on state academic assessments as established by No Child Left
Services provided to STRIVE participants include: remediation in the core academic subjects of reading, history, science,
language arts, and mathematics; individual and group pro-social life skills training; access to technology; opportunities
for civic engagement; and field trips and enrichment opportunities.
STRIVE youth spend 1-10 days in the program, during regular school days and times (Monday through Friday, 7:20 a.m. until
2:45 p.m.), depending on the length of their suspension, before returning to their traditional school setting.
STRIVE, in partnership with Portsmouth Public Schools, provided services to more than 350 middle and high school students
who were suspended from school.
Referral Process Students who receive short-term suspensions (1 to 10 days) may be eligible to enroll in the STRIVE program. Enrollment
packets must be completed by the parents or guardians.
Parents, guardians or school personnel are encouraged to call STRIVE's office at 757-484-8794 to arrange an orientation.
Parenting and Family Growth and Learning Programs Through its Parents as Models (PAM) STRIVE seeks to engage parents in their child's academic achievements. The goal of
the program is to work with parents to provide them with tools that will equip them to be better parents, and to engage
parents in their children's lives in an effort to improve and positively impact their academic, social and mental state.
In an informal and non-threatening setting, parents work with counselors to discover and come to terms with strategies
that will help them parent and guide their children to academic success. They work to identify barriers, develop
individual reward and consequence strategies, and learn effective tools to help them encourage positive academic outcomes
for their children.
GRANDS is an acronym for Graciously Raising And Nurturing Daughters and Sons.
OverviewThe number of grandparents raising grandchildren is growing for many reasons including drugs, incarceration, the economy, teenage pregnancy, military deployments, and premature death of parents due to illness or violence. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since 1990 the number of children in grandparent-headed households has increased by 30 percent. Today more than 2.8 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren.
Grandparents raising grandchildren and relatives raising children other than their own face many psychological, physical, economic and education issues as they take on the role of parenting. Some of the reasons grandparents are raising their grandchildren are to:
GRANDS provides support and information to grandparents raising their grandchildren, and works to identify and address the many issues and obstacles they face.
MissionThe mission of GRANDS is to offer support and provide resources, education and information to grandparents raising their grandchildren and relatives raising children other than their own.
Financial stability is critical to achieving VOTCDC's vision of a community where the opportunity to build better lives
is always within reach. Many Hampton Roads individuals and families are barely getting by, with little or no ability to
save for college, purchase a home, or prepare for retirement. VOTCDC's agenda includes initiatives to educate families,
enabling them to achieve greater financial stability. Through established partnerships VOTCDC is uniquely positioned to
bring together individuals and key stakeholders from government, business, faith groups, and nonprofits to close the
growing gap between those who are prospering, and those who are not.
Nationwide, people have shown a need for information and counsel on issues related to finances. For example:
Services and Resources VOTCDC offers a number of workshops and seminars, from writing effective resumes to assist the unemployed and
underemployed with job hunts, to increasing credit scores to help residents get out of debt, become debt-free or
purchase a home.
Included in its financial literacy program, are the following programs:
Years ago little attention was focused on low-income homeownership. Today homeownership among under-served groups, including
low-income households and minorities, has risen significantly. Many in these groups have benefited from more flexible
underwriting standards and greater access to credit. However, there is still a racial/ethnic gap and the homeownership rates
of minority and low-income households remain well below the national average.
With holistic empowerment as its focus, Vision of Truth Community Development Corporation's Homeownership Program seeks to help
close the home ownership gap. VOTCDC's Homeownership Program was birthed using a house on Arden Street to support the ability
of a family to own a home after two years of saving rent for a down-payment.
The goal of the home ownership program is to help families become
secure, debt-free and to move from becoming renters to
homeownership. Families who are accepted into the program must pay rent
on time, attend two to three workshops on debt reduction,
financial management and community service. When the family follows all
these guidelines, and are ready to purchase a home,
they receive all their rent money, plus interest, back to use as a down
payment on their home.
For more information about the Homeownership Program, please call Margaret DePena at (757)967-9664 or email email@example.com.
After School and Parenting Programs VOTCDc's after school program is designed to improve students' academic
success and engagement in the learning process. The
program provides academic and remedial instruction for students in the
areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social
Studies and Foreign Languages. Students gain specific knowledge and
skills to help them meet the required Standards of Learning
(SOL) for the State of Virginia. Sessions are conducted once a week for
students in grades 6-12.
Parents As Models (PAM) is a parenting program founded by VOTCDC to help
and engage parents in their children's academic success.
Research supports the notion that parental participation in the
educational process can significantly predict student performance,
social adjustment and positively impact learning. U. S. Department of
Education, National Center for Education Statistics (IES)
research suggests that parents will participate in events that "feature
some interaction with students' teachers and provide
information on "parenting and school-related issues."
PAM supports, enhances and includes activities that strengthen this link
between student academic achievement, positive behavior,
and parental involvement.
For more information about Parents As Models, please call Margaret DePena at (757)967-9664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workforce Development Vision of Truth Community Development Corporation's workforce development initiatives correlate to the City of Portsmouth's
Destination 2025 initiative to build the skills of the local workforce. VOTCDC will accomplish through its existing partnership
with the City of Portsmouth public school system and by identifying and establishing other key partnerships with educational
institutions, businesses and community agencies and residents.
VOTCDC provides resources for business development through
school-to-work initiatives in conjunction and collaboration with area
industries, colleges and technical schools. Hampton Roads is the home of
Norfolk Naval Base, North Atlantic Treaty Organization,
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norshipco, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry
Dock, and Norfolk Southern. To that end, there is a potential
link to shipbuilding programs at area colleges. On a broader scale,
project sponsors are exploring a partnership to establish a
business incubator with vocational and technical training, led by a
consortium of local colleges and technical schools.
For more information about VOTCDC's workforce development initiatives, please call Margaret DePena at (757) 967-9664 or email
PO Box 6219 Portsmouth, VA 23703-3327
PO Box 6219
Portsmouth, VA 23703-3327