1988 – Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation established in Washington, D.C.
2002 – Youth Life Foundation of Richmond established by Heather Goodlett
2003 – First Learning Center opened with 10 students in Delmont Plaza
2008 – Highland Park Center opened with 14 students
2009 – Youth Life at Night launched for middle and high school students
2013 – LC Remix opened in Atlee Church Northside Campus for middle and high schoolers who have graduated from the elementary sites
2014 – Northminster Learning Center opened with 14 students
2017 – Southwood Learning Center opened in the Southside
The Youth Life Foundation of Richmond was founded in August 2002 and in 2003 became an affiliate of the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF), a proven education and leadership development program started by former Washington Redskin football player Darrell Green.
The first Youth Life Foundation of Richmond Learning Center began operating in the Delmont Plaza Apartments, a government-subsidized community in eastern Henrico County, in July 2003.
Heather Goodlett, the founder, was a Title One Reading teacher at Glen Lea Elementary School. She desired to develop a program that could make a long-term commitment to help the children and their families, and ultimately rebuild their community. With the help of the owners of Delmont Plaza Apartments and numerous private donors, this vision became a reality.
In 2008, YLFR opened our second center in the Highland Park community partnering with the Northside Outreach Center. In March 2013, we started a Middle and High School program in Northminster Church called LC Remix. The following year, YLFR started a third after-school elementary program at this church now called Atlee Church Northside Campus in September of 2014.
In September 2017, YLFR expanded once again – this time to the Southside of Richmond. Southwood Learning Center for elementary students opened in Redemption Hill Church’s building, The 400.
We currently serve about 50 families and 90 children – and our growth continues.