What is the City of Promise?

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.

What do we believe?

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.

What is the pathway?

This pathway includes the best resources, life-changing opportunities, and educational excellence.

What is the promise?

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.

Blazing a Trail for those to Come

COP4(Article Courtesy of Jared Brown whose family lives in the 10th and Page Neighborhood and serves as a White House intern).

As a kindergarten student, I was diagnosed with a reading disorder. The disorder persisted throughout my early learning experience. Because of the disorder, I was reading below the 1st grade level at the end of the 3rd grade. Teachers, reading specialists, and school administrators considered retaining me.

In order to improve my performance on reading assessments and avoid retention, my family purchased all kinds of books for me to read and made reading a daily priority at home. Oddly enough, I was most fascinated by books about history, broadly, and American slavery, particularly.

Walking/Running Club at Track Meet

COP3The City of Promise Walking and Running Club participated in the All Comers Track Meet on July 7, 2014 at UVA. A special thanks to the Community Action on Obesity and the Move2Health Campaign for their generous support of our club. The team performed well!

Raymond (pictured on the right) won first place in the 100 meters race for 8 year olds and Titus (pictured left) won 100 meter race for 9 year olds. Students have participating in the walking and running club since March of this year. A total of 28 students have participated logging cumulatively over 19 hours of walking or running. This club addresses one of our goals to ensure excellence in health and wellness. The club will wrap up for the year after the summer racing season is over.