Our Dream of a Permanent Home – is a reality!

Our new home, located in the 18th Street Art Center, allows us to expand our after school and summer programs and serve more youth.
The Virginia Avenue Project provides free after and in-school programs using the Arts in conjunction with long-term, on-on-one mentoring to give struggling children the skills to think creatively, critically, and courageously about life goals and choices. Kids join as early as age 6 and stay involved through high school working alongside caring adult mentors throughout their growing years. Since our inception in 1992: 100% of Project kids have graduated from high school, 95% have gone on to college, and 98% are the first in their families to do so!

So, Kids! Video From Leigh

Hi, Kids and Kids-Turned-Adult! As most of you know, I retired in October so we won’t be seeing that much of each other even though I’ll still be involved behind the scenes. When I was thinking about my retirement I mainly thought about what I wanted to say to all of you who have impacted my life so tremendously and given me the gift of growing up alongside you. Eventually I wrote a poem and later combined it with photos I’ve taken of you over the years and, with considerable help from my genius at the Mac Store – animated the text. So this is what I wish for all of you – actually, for everyone – and remember, no matter how old we get it’s never too late to go for coffee … or tea. So, Kids! Video