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Increasing Access with Community-Based Programs

Greenleigh Mobile Home Park, a primarily Latino community in Chester, is among the places in the Foundation’s service area that experience high concentrations of suburban poverty. Many of its residents also have language barriers. The YMCA of Greater Richmond offers children and teens in Greenleigh the opportunity to achieve educational excellence and build social-emotional skills through its many youth programs under the care of trained youth development staff. Year round, these supports provide a positive atmosphere where children and young adults receive academic tutoring, character development, and learning and leadership growth during out-of-school time.

The YMCA’s Greenleigh Learning Center, an instructional learning cottage centrally located in the mobile home park, provides access to an assortment of youth programs free of charge. The services are in such high demand that that the YMCA maintains a waiting list.

The Foundation has long recognized the quality of the YMCA’s youth programming, with Cameron support for programs at the Petersburg and Chester branches exceeding $761,000 to date. Nearly all of those dollars have helped to underwrite youth services ranging from leadership development training to after-school programming, to offsite programs such as those at Greenleigh. Additionally, the Foundation has pledged $700,000 towards capital improvements at the Petersburg YMCA to expand.