City of Promise is an initiative to permanently change the game for children and youth ages 0-22. It is a team of parents, youth, neighbors, schools, service providers, and local government.
We believe that every child CAN go to college. The City of Promise game plan is to build a cradle-to-college-and-career pathway for children.
This pathway includes the best resources, life-changing opportunities, and educational excellence.
The “promise” is a commitment to create the environment with the tools and resources that lead toward success by working with all involved to change lives.
The City of Promise is a Department of Education Promise Neighborhood initiative designed to create a continuum of solutions with the potential to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in the 10th and Page, Westhaven, and Star Hill neighborhoods.
City of Promise students Hunter Feggans (CHS), Zyahna Bryant (Buford), and Justin Kennedy [pictured on right] (Walker) earned a certificate in the PVCC College4Kids class: Building a Computer from Parts. Students were required to spend their Saturday mornings and early afternoons in class on campus at PVCC for four weeks. Completing this class took a great deal of focus and determination. We would like to congratulate these students on their accomplishment and wish them well as they stay on the path to success. We are thankful to PVCC for providing this opportunity and allowing our students to experience college while still young.
In this year’s Youth Concert Series, the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, John D’earth and the Free Bridge Quintet performed John’s new piece “Ben’s Jazz Trumpet” with City of Promise student Noah Ivery as Ben (playing amazing air trumpet!) at Old Cabell Hall. The performance was held for hundreds of young people from area schools. It sought to educate youth about the history of Jazz in America and how Jazz has contributed to music worldwide. Kate Tamarkin served as conductor for the orchestra and City of Promise Director, Sarad Davenport served as the narrator for the performance.