Mary and Frances Youth Center
120 South Linden Street
Richmond VA 23284
Mission Statement Provides programming and training to enhance the lives of youth in the Richmond metro area.
CEO/Executive Director Tina Carter
Board Chair Diane Leopold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dominion
Contact Information
Address 120 South Linden Street
Richmond, VA 23284
Telephone 804 827-0802
Fax 804 827-1739
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1964
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $334,565.00
Projected Expenses $332,655.00
Additional Documents
Discovery Camp Flyer2014View
YPQI Overview Packet2014View
Lobs & Lights Flyer2014View
Discovery Overview2013View
Parent Newsletter2012View
Lobs & Lessons Camp Flyer2012View
Lobs & Lessons Family Open brochure2012View
MFYC Overview2012View
Lobs & Lessons Overview2012View
Mission Provides programming and training to enhance the lives of youth in the Richmond metro area.
The Mary and Frances Youth Center will be a national leader in university-community collaboration for positive youth development. 
MFYC's 2012-13 accomplishments include:
  • United States Tennis Association (USTA) named Lobs & Lessons the 2011 National Junior Tennis and Learning Chapter of the Year out of 650 national chapters.
  • Creation of new 3-year, Lobs & Lessons strategic plan to meet programming needs of Richmond’s youth.
  • Hiring two part-time staff member to serve as Program Coordinators for two new initiatives: YPQI and Discovery.
  • Served 979 youth last year through its various programs, including an ongoing after-school program, summer camps, and special events such as Young Aces Open and community field trips.
  • Created and piloted afterschool tennis program for all nine Richmond Public Middle Schools, serving 70 students.

MFYC’s FY2013 goals include:
  • Continue partnership with the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg to become a local and regional youth training resource for youth program quality and youth development professionals.
  • Become the programmatic home and structural point of access for Discovery and other youth development programs at VCU; revised programs focus primarily on underserved youth and their connection to STEAM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math – Healthcare) pipelines.
  • Enhance the current Lobs & Lessons program to include stronger parental engagement.
Needs MFYC’s initiatives support the newly defined vision and mission of the Mary and Frances Youth Center, which are built upon key themes or promises:
  • Build upon key strengths to include the unique window on higher education provided via the structural and physical location of the MFYC at VCU and VCU's strong university-community collaborations.
  • Investigate, discover, and disseminate knowledge on youth programming and serve as a national repository for best practices information.
  • Close Gaps related to community youth service and programming needs:

o Youth STEM training, resources and supports,

o Supports for youth orientation to and aspirations for higher education,

o Access to quality training for youth-serving professionals, and

o Enhancement of parent engagement.


In 2000, AdvantageVirginia was established. Led by VCU and advised by a board of local and national members, AdvantageVirginia is committed to making Virginia a destination for tennis. Plans included building a world-class tennis facility in Richmond that will attract major tournaments and developing a youth tennis academy.

The tennis academy was designed to serve as a developmental program for youth, offering tennis instruction, tutoring, and mentoring to aid the city’s youth and build teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline. Not only is tennis a sport that can be played for a lifetime, but in many ways it can be a model for life based on the values it encourages.

In 2006, AdvantageVirginia was placed on hold when the appropriate land could not be identified. However, what survived is what we know today as Lobs & Lessons. Michael Fraizer, former CEO of Genworth Financial Inc., and his wife Elizabeth, decided to underwrite the program and construct a dedicated facility on the VCU campus. Over the next year, the youth tennis academy became a reality.

The idea became a reality when the project went from the drawing board to the courts during the 2005 academic school year. The Lobs & Lessons program was first implemented by graduate students from the VCU Center for Sport Leadership (CSL). The program consisted of tennis and mentoring and was piloted with the William Byrd Community House. The program now serves more than 150 youth yearly through after-school enrichment programs. Upon graduating from the CSL program, Kathleen Bowles became the first Lobs & Lessons Director in 2005.

Lobs & Lessons found its new home several years later on the VCU campus along West Cary Street. During the time the VCU Cary Street Gym was being renovated, a portion of the Cary Street hockey field was allocated by the University for the future home of the Mary and Frances Youth Center. Construction began and the Center officially opened September 28, 2007. Following the opening, tennis superstars Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf came to the Center for the Genworth Youth Fair in October 2007.

Lobs & Lessons offered its first summer programs in 2009 and now serves more than 300 youth each summer over the course of eight weeks. In January 2010, Tina Carter became the Director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center. In July 2011, Rachel Rhoney became the second full-time staff member, serving as Assistant Director.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Henrico County
Chesterfield County
Charles City County
Board Chair
Board Chair Diane Leopold
Company Affiliation Dominion
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board of Directors
Board Members
Neil Amin Shamin Hotels, Inc.
Thomas Benedetti Blue Heron Capital
Page Bond Page Bond Gallerys
Thomas Burkey VCUF
Kevin Davenport VCU
William Decatur VCU
John Fain Community Volunteer
William Ginther VCU
John Grier VA Retirement System
Mark Hansan Care Metx, LLC
Marsha Heil VCU
Gloria Hintz Community Volunteer
John Jacoby Community Volunteer
Diane Leopold Dominion Transportation
Robert Marchant Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Mason Newton Lao Leondard & Locke LLC
Carol McCoy Community Volunteer
Gail Moskowitz Self Employed
Joe Nadder Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
John Neal Union First Market Bank
Michael Rao VCU
William Royall, Jr. Royall & Company
Yogi Singh Capital Square Management, LLC
Tracy Kemp Stallings HCA Chippenham & Johnston- Willis Hospitals
Patricia Wilkerson Community Volunteer
Madison Wootton Frontier Investment Group of BB&T Scott and Stringfellow
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 10
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Tina Carter
Former CEOs
Kathleen Bowles - May 2009
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
NJTL Program of the YearUnited States Tennis Association2011
Comunity Program of the Year- Young Aces OpenUSTA/Mid-Atlantic Section2010
The Center’s flagship program, Lobs & Lessons, is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis. The program serves underserved elementary and middle school children through afterschool and summer programs. The majority of participants in Lobs & Lessons have been youth from Richmond Public Schools (RPS). In 2012-13, 203 youth participated in the afterschool program, 330 in summer programs and 446 through special events. Lobs & Lessons is a member of the United States Tennis Association  (USTA) and is a National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter. Lobs & Lessons offers the First Serve and ACE life skills curriculums, paired nutrition lessons. The program serves up to 50 youth a day, five days per week in afterschool programming. Some community partners bring youth once a week, while others attend twice a week. Students in the program participate on and off the court during their time at Lobs & Lessons.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $90,000.00
A fun, challenging and creative program designed to give rising 6th-8th graders the chance to take in-depth courses in STEAM-H while experiencing a college setting.  Five, week-long summer sessions are offered in which youth attend classes in university classrooms and labratories on the VCU Monroe Park and Medical Campus. Youth choose one class in the morning and another in the afternoon, followed by healthy lifestyle activities at the MFYC. Camps are Monday-Friday from 9-5pm.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $49,000.00


YPQI is provided in partnership with the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The Weikart Center empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. The approach is based in positive youth development research, and the desire to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth. The YPQI is a comprehensive system for improving the quality of youth programs. It begins with training on the use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool, a validated instrument designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. Programs use the PQA to conduct a self-assessment. Data from the self assessment is used to set improvement goals tied to the observable measures in the PQA. Programs then are supported in reaching those goals and increasing program quality through training. This ASSESS-PLAN-IMPROVE sequence establishes a supportive system for continuous improvement.


Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $334,565.00
Projected Expenses $332,655.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$17,899,982$21,840,844$19,600
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,506,554$3,726,187--
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$7,525
Revenue In-Kind--$414,474$20,500
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$6,087,039$13,571,029$75,000
Administration Expense$421,204--$96,000
Fundraising Expense$353,619----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.471.951.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%100%44%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$127,507,492$100,183,041$93,935
Current Assets$50,465,763$38,759,026$56,300
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$38,732,285$28,343,619--
Total Net Assets$88,775,207$71,839,422$93,935
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.301.37--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Mary and Frances Youth Center is a program of the VCU Foundation and therefore does not file its own 990 or have its own audit
  • FY 2013 financial information is representative of the VCU Foundation, inclusive of Mary and Frances Youth Center