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During the 2016 Spring Grant Cycle, the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation awarded
grants to the following nonprofit organizations:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Classrooms’ “Locally Grown Classrooms,” their environmental education program in Suffolk, will engage and train 15 teachers from Suffolk, Chesapeake, and the adjacent western Tidewater school districts. The week-long course will equip them with knowledge, tools and skills to use the Chesapeake Bay environment and watershed as a context for learning in their classrooms. The teachers will explore the Bay and examine connections between land use and water quality through hands-on investigations, activities and assessments, and meaningful projects.

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads
Through their School Site Coordination program, Site Coordinators will be positioned at I.C. Norcum High School and Cradock Middle School to assess students’ needs and coordinate resources to ensure their success in-and-out of the classroom. Funding will allow CIS to increase their site hours, reach more students, and dig deeper into the needs of the current student population.

Community Outreach Coalition
Funding will go towards two programs: the STEAM project and the FUTURE project. The STEAM project will target all students at Douglas Park Elementary School, including special education and homeless students, and will strive to increase academic learning through its arts-integrated with a science and mathematics model. The FUTURE project will serve students at I.C. Norcum High School and will act as a vehicle for preventing and significantly reducing high school student dropouts. The FUTURE project will focus on areas where the school did not reach its state benchmarks, which include Math and English/Reading.

Elizabeth River Project
Funding will help educate 8,000 inner-city students with hands-on field trips in 2016. These field trips will feature the Learning Barge in which students will be allowed to explore the live wetlands, test water quality, and conduct scientific experiments that coincide with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court

Funding will allow the Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court to increase their organizational capacity, a result of the growing demand for high-quality child advocacy in Portsmouth, by offering two sessions of the Flex-Learning Volunteer Training program. This program will serve abused or neglected children who have been removed from their homes by the Portsmouth Department of Social Services and placed in foster care. The program will train 12 advocates in each class using a combination of online skills training and  in-class case studies. Prior to being sworn in as an officer of the court, the advocates will complete three hours of courtroom observation.

Girls with Goals Alliance
Passport to Success is a STEM-based program that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This program will provide hands-on activities, experiments and field trips as a way to help expose young girls to successful female role models and counter the negative stereotypes that can sometimes come with being a successful female. This program will contain group sessions with these three main components: academic excellence, leadership skills, and community service.

Holiday House of Portsmouth
Funding will go towards the purchase of an outdoor adapted playground structure with specialized surfacing. This playground will be accessible to all youth that reside at the Holiday House of Portsmouth. This playground is just one part of the Holiday House’s plan to encourage healthy weight management among its youth and reduce the need for medications to help manage cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugars.

Hope House Foundation
Hope House will be able to launch its Service Enterprise Initiative after being chosen just one of seven organizations to participate in the program from the East Coast. As a result, Hope House will be able to leverage its volunteers as a core strategic function to achieve the mission of their organization. They will use their funding for the implementation of the Salesforce Data Discovery Assessment, the purchase of two laptop computers for use by the volunteers, and the first year of enhanced volunteer appreciation events.

National Center for Prevention of Community Violence
GreenZone™ is a bullying prevention and character development program that helps keep students and parents in a zone of civility both at school and in the community. This program features a green, yellow and red behavioral model, which is displayed as a visual reminder in each classroom. Teachers will use this model to coach positive GreenZone™ behaviors and help students realize when they leave that zone. The program will serve students from K-5 in 24 elementary schools across the City of Chesapeake and their parents.

Portsmouth Self Sufficiency Project
Portsmouth receives significant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program in a unified effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate homelessness. This funding, however, requires a significant contribution from the community. Funding from SEVACF will provide a portion of the required community contribution for HUD’s Continuum of Care funding that supports a comprehensive network of prevention, emergency services, and care and training for self-sufficiency.

Roc Solid Foundation
The Solid Support program offers Roc Solid Ready Bags to families and children in Hampton Roads who have just been diagnosed with cancer. The bags provide essentials for an extended hospital stay including blankets, toiletries, pens, journals, coloring books, a preloaded debit card, quarters for the vending machines, and an Amazon Kindle Fire.

STARBASE Victory
The SPACEBASE summer camps are an extension of the school year lesson plans in which rising 5th graders explore spatial literacy, modeling, graphing, team building, and leadership skills. Working in teams, students will generate data, learn to organize data, and represent the data graphically. This program will employ teachers within the Portsmouth Public School system who have participated in the school year SPACEBASE program.

Westmoreland Children & Youth Association
The Westmoreland Children & Youth Association is looking forward to another year of continued sports, recreational and cultural activities, and a mentor program for at-risk/underprivileged children in the area. As a result of loss, damage, and prolonged wear of equipment, funding will go towards replacing the equipment needed for flag football and cheerleading prior to their new season.

YMCA of Portsmouth
The YMCA of Portsmouth is expanding their Tutoring Program, which currently serves students in grades K-12 from Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Suffolk Public Schools, as well as students from Christopher Academy, Sweethaven Academy and Nansemond Suffolk Academy who participate in the Y’s Before & After School program. Funding will be used to update the current materials and to expand the tutoring materials. Additional tutoring staff will be hired to accommodate and focus on math and science needs. Each student’s teacher will be informed of their involvement in the program and the teachers will be able to offer regular feedback on the student’s progress in the classroom.