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.

Students Making Steps

collageLaquarius Warfield and Destiny Grady are prime examples of the phrase, “turning things around.” Charlottesville Area Community Fund, An organization that helps non-profit organizations obtain grants through permanent endowment, will feature both students in their 2014 Annual Report. It will feature individual spreads for each of them and those who have impacted their lives.

Laquarius is a 2014 graduate of Charlottesville High School and is now sorting through his options of where to go regarding institutions of higher learning. Warfield admits that the accomplishment of graduating he now has under his belt was not an easy one to achieve.As part of an interview held with City of Promise director, Sarad Davenport, Warfield talked about how he was not always active in his academics but some “tough love” from his God Father Alvin Edwards changed his mind.

City of Promise Participates in Give4Good

logoG4GGive4Good is one-day giving event for anyone who shares a desire to strengthen our region- Charlottesville, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange – through donations to area nonprofits.  A generous donor has agreed to match (1-to-1) every donation received today by City of Promise through Give4Good. That means your gift will give twice and help us raise $10,000 for  City of Promise! Remember to donate TODAY to City of Promise through Give4Good online at CLICK HERE starting at midnight and running through midnight Tuesday.

Students Graduate from College4Kids Program


City Councilor Bob Fenwick, Mayor Satyendra Huja and PVCC President Frank Friedman congratulate five middle school students who completed “Computer Animation with Scratch,” a 15-hour program using software from MIT offered by PVCC through the City of Promise.  Award certificates were presented on March 20, 2014 at West Haven Community Center.  Pictured here are (Back row) Bob Fenwick, Charlottesville City Council; Sarad Davenport, City of Promise Executive Director; Satyendra Huja, Charlottesville Mayor; Traevon Adams, 7thgrader at Buford Middle School; Monique Scott, 5th grader at Walker Upper Elementary School; Dr. Frank Friedman, President of PVCC; Karl Cureton, National Minority Technical Council.  (Front row) Nevaeh Zampini, 5th grader at Walker Upper Elementary School; Destiny Grady, 6th grader at Walker Upper Elementary School; Dalyn Ayres, 7th grader at Community Public Charter School.