Mission, Vision and Goals
The Youth Life Foundation of Richmond operates Learning Centers to develop leaders by making long-term investments in children from at-risk communities. By supporting students academically, developing their character from a young age, raising expectations, and investing in their lives through committed mentoring relationships, these youth will rise above their circumstances to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Our vision is to nurture the child, strengthen the family, and rebuild the community. We hope to replicate our Learning Center model in many Richmond communities.
Nurture the Child:
We are providing a safe environment where children receive academic and character development through structured programming and relationships with one-on-one volunteer mentors.
Strengthen the Family:
We are committed to building relationships with the families by involving them in goal-setting and evaluation of their child’s progress. In addition, we seek to provide ongoing family strengthening programs in an effort to empower them with skills that will nurture the development of their children and the family unit as a whole.
Rebuild the Community:
In nurturing the children and strengthening the families, it is our hope that they would discover a renewed sense of pride in their neighborhood. Ultimately, we want to see a generation of leaders making an impact in their community.
We accomplish our mission though neighborhood-based after-school and summer programs for children that cultivate:
- academic success
- character development
- computer training
- health and wellness
Additionally, we provide programs that strengthen the families in the communities where we serve.
The Learning Center programs are designed to produce excellence in every aspect of the children’s lives. One of the program’s primary goals centers on academic excellence and achieving specific academic goals for each student.
Character development, the second program goal, is emphasized alongside academics. YLFR utilizes the Judeo-Christian Bible as an optional part of the curriculum to provide further guidance in moral development. Parents are notified of this aspect of the character-building program and given the option upon registration of having their child participate. Children not involved in Biblical instruction participate in alternative lessons in character development.
The third goal of the Learning Center focuses on computer skills development in order to equip students for future careers. Most of the students neither own home computers nor have access to computers at public libraries. Volunteers provide children with computer training sessions to help them complete projects, prepare homework assignments, write papers, and facilitate other educational challenges.
The fourth goal, Health and Wellness instruction is also a key component of the Learning Center program. Healthy eating habits and physical activity are stressed. Nutritious snacks are provided on a daily basis and students participate in physical activity at least four days a week.