2015 - 2016 YLFR Accomplishments:
Heather Brown Goodlett, Founder and Executive Director of Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, graduated from the University of Richmond in 1994 with a B.A. in Speech and Communications and an elementary teacher’s certificate in Early Childhood Education. She taught third grade for four years at Victory Christian Academy in Richmond, Virginia and later earned a Masters of Education in Reading from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2000. Mrs. Goodlett was employed with Henrico County schools and began teaching at Glen Lea Elementary School in the fall of 2000 where she was a Title One-Reading teacher.
In 2000, Mrs. Goodlett became aware of the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF) and Learning Centers begun in Washington, D.C. She soon began the process of fact-finding, researching, and relationship building, and in late 2001 attended a National Training Institute for DGYLF to begin launching an affiliate program in Richmond, Virginia. By September 2002, the quest to establish the organization soon became a full-time position. She resigned from her position with Henrico County Public Schools and began the search for a building in the neighborhoods around Glen Lea Elementary School. The Youth Life Learning Center of Richmond officially began in Delmont Plaza Apartments, a subsidized housing community, in July 2003. A second site was added in Highland Park in fall of 2008. Mrs. Goodlett’s continued vision is to see this successful model replicated in other at-risk neighborhoods in Richmond.
Our desire is to equip children with the skills to succeed, encourage them in their dreams, support them during their critical growing-up years, and see them make a difference as leaders in their communities. To this end, we focus on setting and achieving individualized academic and character-building goals for our students each school year and during our summer program aimed at helping them overcome obstacles to their success at school, at home, and in their community. Specifically:
Our long-term goal is to develop children who are able to become not only responsible citizens, but also leaders in their community making positive contributions. By taking the time to nurture their academic abilities and encourage their character development, we are equipping them for great success beyond secondary school. By investing in their families, we are cultivating strong support systems that benefit the child and the adult.
Long-term indicators include the children advancing as expected academically and even above expectations year after year, a growing commitment among the children to achieve more in school and improve their behavior, and the children thinking and speaking positively and constructively about their future careers and family lives.
By continuing and expanding the proven and effective elementary programs in Highland Park and Delmont, an ongoing increase in academic progress is expected. Measured by the results of the WIAT II testing, there should be at least a 1.5 grade level increase in reading and math scores for 75% of the students each year. Retaining involvement during the critical middle and high school years is a vital step in fulfilling the commitment to long-term investment. Attendance and participation in all activities will be tracked as the main way to measure progress towards this goal. By attending 85% of all activities from September through June (such as programming, service projects and events), each student can earn a reward trip at the end of each year. At least 80% of middle and high school students will earn this reward.
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