Mission, Vision, and Values




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.

Core Values

We accomplish our mission through after-school and summer programs that cultivate:

  • Academic Success
  • Character Development
  • Spiritual Identity
  • Physical & Emotional Security
  • Family & Community Connection