Richmond Hill staffs and co-sponsors the Micah Initiative, an association of more than 100 faith communities which work with the elementary schools of Richmond. More than 1000 volunteers provide mentoring, tutoring, classroom assistance, and special projects in cooperation with the principal of 24 schools. A single program director helps to arrange, negotiate and encourage the relationships between the faith communities and the schools. Training is provided by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and Micah collaborates where possible with Communities in Schools (CIS) to provide a site coordinator/volunteer coordinator. Support is needed for individual site coordinators with CIS. Micah attempts to contribute from $25,000 – $40,000 in a school to match CIS in site coordinator position, which is proven to double or triple the effectiveness of volunteer and community support.
Primary Population Served
Children Only (5 - 14 years)