about nextup

Our Vision

Richmond’s youth will thrive in school, at home and in the community.

Studies show that structured Out-of-School Time (OST) programs make a positive difference in the lives of students and their families, and in the communities where they live and grow. Quality programs designed to offer experiences that supplement and support school-based education often lead to better school attendance, behavior and course performance. Also, quality OST programs provide a safe place to receive academic support and develop interests, passions and social skills.

We believe that the better coordinated our community’s efforts are, the more students can access programs, and the more students can be served, the stronger our community will be.

Our Mission

Our mission at NextUp is to provide all Richmond middle school students with access to coordinated, high-quality learning experiences beyond the classroom.

We believe that when students participate in high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs, they benefit academically, physically and socially.

What We Do

Step 1

Create Access

Step 2

Expand Learning Opportunities 

Step 3

Promote Quality

Step 4

Measure Impact

A Day in the Life of Nextup RVA

A coordinated system of expanded learning for middle schools.

NextUp isn’t one single program or in one specific building. Rather, it’s a coordinated network of providers neatly managed under one system, giving students better access to quality enchrichment that puts them on a path to success. For a minimum of two days every week, students can participate in activities based on their interests.

Students continue learning beyond the bell through hands-on experiences, creativity and fun.
Around 6:30, all programs dismiss and buses take every child home safely.

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Site Coordinators

Site Coordinators work with NextUp to organize providers and students and coordinate activities with the schools.

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Science & Technology

These programs teach web page construction and essential cumputer skills.

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Sports & Health

Youth participate in enriching and fun healthy experiences, from running a 5K to growing fresh produce in the garden.

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Mentoring & Leadership

These programs provide a setting to talk about real issues for personal development.

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Students are the center of our system. They are at the heart of all we do.

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Student Support Services

The Student Support Coordinator at each site monitors the behavior and needs of each student and connects them to the help they need.

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Snacks & Dinner

Nutritious snacks and a satisfying dinner are provided for every student, ensuring that no one does home hungry.

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Arts & Humanities

Performance and studio art programs help students develop an understanding of the relationship between art, life and community. 

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Career & Work Readiness

Students learn and develop crucial working skills that will help them in the real world. 

Our Staff

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Candace Simon Benn

Director of Evaluation and Continuous Improvement

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Amir Elsayed

Virtual Community Manager

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Kia Johnson

Manager of Development and Community Engagement

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Debbi Little

Office Administrator

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Sarah Ramirez

Program Services Coordinator

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Barbara Couto Sipe

President & CEO

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Jeanine Turner

Director of Programs

Our Board

Mr. Thurston R. Moore

Board Chair
Chairman Emeritus
Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ms. Sherrie Brach Armstrong

President and Chief Executive Officer
Community Foundation for Greater Richmond

The Honorable Jeffrey Bourne

Virginia House of Delegates, 71st District

Mr. Carlos Brown

Vice President and General Counsel
Dominion Energy

Ms. Annette Cousins

Advisory Chair
Vice President of Community Engagement
Community Foundation

Ms. Troy Dye

Vice President, Head of Small Business Card Marketing
Capital One

Mr. Stuart Farrell

Audit Chair
Managing Partner
Tuckahoe Holdings

Mr. Moses Foster

President and Chief Executive Officer
West Cary Group LLC

Ms. Krissy M. Gathright

Chief Operating Officer
Apple Hospitality REIT

Mr. William H. Goodwin

CCA Industries, Inc.

Ms. Jennifer Hunter

Senior Vice President
Corporate Citizenship
Altria Client Services, Inc.

Mr. Jason Kamras

Richmond Public Schools

Mr. John Luke

Governance Chair
WestRock Company

Ms. Janice Luvera

Development Chair
Chief Marketing Officer

Dr. John McCurley

Internal Medicine 
& Hospital Medicine

The Honorable M Colette McEachin

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney
City of Richmond

Mr. Tayloe Negus

Aon Hewitt
Partner, Southern Virginia / Carolina Local Market Leader

The Honorable Cynthia L. Newbille

Councilwoman, 5th District
City of Richmond

Mr. Steven A. Rogers

Finance Chair
Senior Vice President, Financial Management
Retired – Dominion Energy

The Honorable Levar Stoney

City of Richmond

Dr. Chriss Walther-Thomas

Retired Professor of Education & Special Assistant to the Provost
Virginia Commonwealth University

Our Advisory Committee

Ms. Annette Cousins

Advisory Chair
Vice President of Community Engagement
Community Foundation for Greater Richmond

Ms. Heidi Abbott

Hunton & Williams LLP

Mr. Tyler Agee

Director of Community Development
Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Ms. Cynthia P. Balderson

Manager-Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships
Dominion and the Dominion Foundation

Ms. Kim Bridges 

Harvard Doctoral Fellow
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

Ms. Mollie Brooks

Director, Community Relations
Genworth Foundation

Ms. Angel Clarke

VA / Community Relations Manager – Richmond VA
Bank of America

Ms. Kathryn Fessler (Katie)

Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship
Altria Client Services

Dr. Harold Fitrer

President and Chief Executive officer
Communities In Schools of Richmond

Dr. Shadae Harris

Chief Engagement Officer
Richmond Public Schools

Mr. Todd McFarlane

President and Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond

Ms. Robin Pope-Moss

First Vice President, Purpose and Community Engagement Manager
SunTrust Foundation

Mr. Jamie Seagraves

Community Affairs Engagement Strategist
Capital One

Ms. Mary Dunne Stewart

President / CEO
Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Mr. Ty Toepke

Executive Director
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation

Contact us

Need help with online classes and registration or have any other questions? We can help.

NextUp RVA, Inc.
Barbara Couto Sipe, President & CEO
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230

[email protected]