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HISTORY

Youth Matter, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 1999.  It is also registered as a non-profit organization in California, Washington, DC, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia - places where it has provided services.

We strive to find solutions to the lack of recreation through organizing after-school programs, finding resources for construction or renovation of buildings to create more recreational facilities.  We have provided services these types of services in Virginia and North Carolina.

Youth Matter, Inc. has been successful in coordinating many first-time community-related projects to include the following:

  • TROOPS TO YOUTH® - Initiative where Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines, plus Concerned Civilians (Citizen Troops) mentoring youth on a healthy and productive life style. (New). Sponsors to Date: GEICO, The HILTEK Group, Vision Centre 1, Mount Sinai Church

  • Just Dyvine - urban dance crew / after school program (New)

  • Sapphires - cheerleaders / after school program (New)

  • One Family at a Time Project - Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort in
    assisting youth and families

  • One Soldier at a Time Project - Care packages sent to USA armed forces
    troops

  • YMI College Chapters - College students volunteer & create activities
    to support the mission - First affiliate chapter formed at Virginia Wesleyan
    College
    , Norfolk, VA

  • Circle of Love, Affiliate - Mentoring for teen girls

  • Annual "Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Competition &
    Community Service Awards" - an educational and history related project for
    students reflecting the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an awards event for volunteers. Past Sponsors: TowneBank, Michael Baisden Foundation, Verizon

  • Horace R. Long Scholarship Fund / Summer Camp Scholarship Program - a fund established to provide summer camp scholarships to disadvantaged youth. To date, we awarded seventeen (17) scholarships. The camps provide
    enrichment opportunities for the youth and positive role models throughout the summer. Past Sponsor: HILTEK

  • Lead organization for Portsmouth, VA in the statewide initiative called
    "Right Choices For Youth" (RCFY). Past Sponsor: Institute for Youth Development

  • "Youth Matter Marching Jaguars" - After-school band program, ages 7 to
    18; targets at-risk youth teaching them music and dance. Past Sponsors: Verizon, HILTEK

  • Annual "Community Service and Health Fair" for National Youth Service
    Day
    - Annual "Community Festival" - an annual one day event showcasing
    community organizations with a need to recruit volunteers. Youth volunteers are also recruited to assist in this annual event. We have been the recipient of two grants through Youth Service America for National Youth Service Day. Past Sponsor: Youth Service America

  • 2001 First Annual Community Festival" - an effort to bring together 20 communities in Portsmouth, VA - a day of education, fun and fellowship. Twenty-five community organizations participated to share information with the residents of 20 communities, as well as recruit volunteers. Youth entertainment is provided, as well as arts and crafts. Past Sponsor: Youth Service America
  • "School Supplies Project" - through this initiative, we purchase and donate school supplies, along with backpacks to under-privileged children identified through Social Service Agencies and community organizations. Supplies are also donated to needy daycare programs.

  • V.I.S.I.O.N. Centre1 & Nehemiah Vision Partner - developing youth
    programs & creating community development projects. Past Sponsor: Dept of Health and Human Services

  • "It's a Matter of Good Grades"- an initiative that recognizes, rewards, and encourages academic achievement. Similar projects are planned throughout the year as motivators to meeting performance and academic goals.

  • "It's a Matter of Reading Book Drive" - an on-going initiative for the collection of books to donate to disadvantaged families, needed day care facilities,
    homeless shelters and crisis nurseries. Grants in the past have been received from BestBuy and America's Promise-Community Service Grant Program to support this work effort.

Youth Matter's Team:

Youth Matter, Inc.'s team is mainly comprised of a volunteer staff that includes Youth Program Facilitators.

Youth Matter, Inc. has partnered with a team of facilitators that have a strong background in training, planning and implementing comprehensive programs for high-risk urban youth. They have worked as Life Skills Trainers, Youth Services Program Coordinators, Prevention Training Specialists, Social Workers, In-Home Services Counselors, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Conflict Mediators, and Youth Services Program Coordinators. Recruiting and training volunteers is done to assist with the implementation of youth programming.

Additional information:

Youth Matter Inc. is an approved United Way / CFC organization (Combined
Federal Campaign
) where federal employees can designate Youth Matter Inc. as
their charity of choice to make donations via payroll deductions.