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 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.

City of Promise Students Produce Film with Lighthouse Studios

Performance with Symphony Orchestra

1380269_10151903109849857_1087157384_nIn 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.