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.

“Art is the triumph over chaos.” ―John Cheever

7096_10204916186682199_3680826600416345716_nMany thanks to the UVA Learning in Action Arts Mentors Program for providing high quality out-of-school time enrichment for City of Promise youth and other youth in the community. For the month of October, City of Promise students participated in an art making class at the McGuffey Art Museum in Downtown Charlottesville. Seen in the Picture are Lynasia and Talajah with their still-life oil paintings.

Students Tour George Mason and Howard

gmu“The very process of grooming kids for college can act as a powerful deterrent to dropping out of high school. “ ―Bill Milliken, Founder of Communities in Schools. On Saturday November 8th, City of Promise 10th grade students went on a college tour to George Mason University and Howard University in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. respectively. This tour was in coordination with our collaborative partner Project Discovery. Pictured are Tahlia and Mariah who serve on the City of Promise Youth Council and participate in the Sisters of Nia young women’s group. We are building a cradle to college and career pathway.