NextUp RVA


Shared goal(s): Continue or Leverage existing partnerships to meet youth needs, Support youth during out-of-school time activities


NextUp RVA and Richmond Public Schools have worked together for seven years to bring middle school students safe, high-quality opportunities to explore interests, express themselves, make friends and have fun! With the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, NextUp pivoted to a completely online model with its new virtual learning platform. Through designing this new platform enabling local area program providers to deliver virtual classes over the summer, NextUp knew they could extend their knowledge of online instruction to teachers at Richmond Public Schools for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. This partnership involved a presentation to Richmond Public Schools teachers on topics such as setting expectations for a virtual class, using activities to accommodate varying learning styles, ways to elicit interaction from students, technical best practices, and a process of continuous improvement.

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Lead organization partners: NextUp RVA and Richmond Public Schools

Kinds of organization: Advocacy/Intermediary Non-profit Organization, Community-based Non-profit Organization, School/School District

Participant population: Organization Staff/Volunteers, Youth (Ages 14-17 or Grades 9-12), Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: School Remote/Virtual/Online Classes, Staff and Volunteer Learning/Capacity/Professional Development, Whole Child/Positive Youth Development

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Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Spring 2021 (Academic Year)

Location: Virginia

Total capacity: 100 and 100

Health and safety: Not applicable; We are not providing in-person supports.

How do you address inequity? 

NextUp believes in the importance of quality learning enrichments, which is why we lead a coordinated network of providers that have a common commitment to ensuring middle school students have access to quality expanded learning. We work to address equity in our program by first offering these classes free of charge, so every student has the opportunity to participate in these enrichments, and in providing training to our program providers on meeting the individual needs of students within those classes. In keeping with our commitment to ensuring equity, we designed this training for Richmond Public Schools teachers with the knowledge in mind that each teacher and ultimately each student will come to the virtual classroom with their own unique set of experiences, skills, and challenges. Our presentation addressed the importance of incorporating a variety of teaching methods, focused heavily on activities, to accommodate the varied learning styles of students. In addition, we addressed ways to facilitate virtual classes and encourage interaction with students in a variety of methods that would reach as many students as possible.

Contact information: 

Jeanine Turner, NextUp RVA,


Common agenda: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Continuous communication: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Backbone support: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Mutually reinforcing activities: We are SUSTAINING this element.

Shared measurement: This element is EMERGING in our work.

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