Community Leadership Partners 2019 Grants

The Community Leadership Partners, a giving group affiliated with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, awarded $225,000 in grants to 14 area nonprofits in 2019. These organizations serve young people between ages 16-24 who are not working, in school or serving in the military, or middle- and high-school aged youth. During the past 10 years, the Partners have awarded more than $2.1 million to organizations helping youth in Hampton Roads

  • Community Outreach Coalition, $12,500 for a year-long youth development program for Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk youth. The program includes summer volunteer experiences, internships and paid summer jobs.
  • ForKids Inc., $15,000 to assist South Hampton Roads families experiencing homelessness whose head of household is between the ages of 18 and 24. The grant will help with housing assistance, job readiness training and sustainable employment.
  • The Genieve Shelter, $5,000 to help people in Suffolk between the ages of 18 and 24 find safe, permanent house after escaping domestic and sexual violence situations.  
  • Hampton Roads Workforce Development Corporation, $20,000 for the NextGen Regional Internship Program, which partners with area businesses and organizations to provide paid internships for youth and young adults in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth who are not in school, the workforce or the military.
  • Hope U Inc., $20,000 for the Hope U Apprentice program, which provides paid culinary apprenticeships for youth in foster care to help them gain future employment.    
  • New Vision Youth Services, $15,000 to provide temporary housing, mentoring and life-skills coaching to young adults who are either leaving the foster-care system or have a criminal record. 
  • Samaritan House, $22,500 for an anti-trafficking youth case manager trained as a forensic interviewer to work with and respond to juvenile human trafficking survivors in Hampton Roads.
  • Seton Youth Shelters, $25,000 for a residential safe shelter as well as street and van outreach programs to provide intervention, counseling and other services for area youth in crisis.
  • StandUP for Kids, Hampton Roads, $15,000 to offer safe temporary housing, mentoring and support and employment assistance services for youth facing homelessness and disconnection.  
  • Tidewater Friends of Foster Care, $20,000 to expand a tutoring program that helps Norfolk youth in foster care stay engaged in school, bridge academic gaps and prepare high school seniors for graduation and post-secondary education. 
  • Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop, $5,000 for an after-school boatbuilding program and week-long summer camp for area youth from families experiencing economic distress. 
  • Tidewater Youth Services Foundation, $15,000 for support services to help young adults with barriers to success transition to independent living and find permanent housing and work.
  • Together We Can Foundation, $15,000 for the Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Program to help youth prepare for successful employment as adults.
  • Virginia Beach CASA, $20,000 for the Bridges to Success Coach/Mentor Program to help youth leaving the foster care or child welfare system in Virginia Beach prepare for independence and success in the workforce.