STORY staff have been hard at work ensuring another successful academic year of youth programs. Here are our latest accomplishments, announcements, and notable stories. Check back often for updates!
STORY Featured in Richmond Magazine
“Children who live in Hopewell’s public housing find someone who believes in their potential,” reads the tagline for Richmond Magazine’s March 25th feature about STORY and the incredible work Executive Director Kathryn Thompson has done to transform the lives of the youth she works with. Read the feature here.
STORY Profiled on WNRN “Hear Together”
We are excited about the press STORY has been receiving lately–our community is taking notice of our hard work! Recently, WNRN’s “Hear Together” program featured a segment about STORY on the radio. Listen to the clip here.
STORY’s New & Renewed Funders
STORY is fortunate to have the support of several foundations throughout Virginia’s Southside Region. To continue expanding our youth services, STORY recently received significant contributions from the SunTrust Foundation, John Randolph Foundation, and Community Foundation. Thank you all for your generous support!
Creating Opportunities for Families to Gather
Every other month, STORY hosts Parent/Child Socials to encourage families to get more involved in their children’s educational outcomes. Our most recent social in April was our most successful yet, with more families attending than ever before! The festivities including a STEM Egg-Drop Challenge and a home-cooked meal. We are thrilled to be fostering engagement in our community, to the benefit of everyone.
STORY Recognized by Chamber of Commerce
STORY is a nonprofit organization on the rise–and our community is taking notice! This past February, STORY was honored by the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce with a Quality of Life Award for its work with youth in the ML2 After School Program.
Restoring Hope, One Mentor At A Time
Back in August, STORY partnered with the Virginia Mentoring Partnership to host an AmeriCorps VISTA. For the past six months, our VISTA has been hard at work developing a mentoring program that would best reflect current research by experts in the field of child development. In March, the STORY Mentoring Program launched, matching each child with their own mentor. Match pairs meet with each other at the Thomas Rolfe Community Center twice per month for structured activities designed to foster creative expression, scientific discovery, and civic engagement. Throughout the program, mentors develop close, healthy relationships with their mentees. Youth benefit by having a supportive non-parent adult in their life, improving academic performance and life-long prospects for achievement.
Our first meetings of the Spring 2018 mentoring cycle were a success!
Girls’ Night at the Virginia Museum of Science
At STORY, we love to encourage youth to get involved in science and engineering. Kathryn Thompson and several girls from the ML2 After School Program tried their hand at being inventors during the “Girls In Science Camp-In: Invent Your Future” at the Virginia Museum of Science. The girls stayed at the museum overnight, met new friends, and learned how new ideas become life-changing inventions. They had a blast and learned a ton!