At a formal reception on July 8, the River Counties Community Foundation (RCCF: an affiliate of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia) awarded a very generous $8,000 grant to the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.
The grant will be used by RCC’s Workforce and Community Development Office to support the efforts of its “YouthWorks” program in Middlesex County.
YouthWorks is a summer employment program for rising high school juniors and seniors, which allows them to gain real-world work experience at local area businesses and agencies. The students receive job skills training, go through the hiring process, and then work a total of 168 hours over a six-week period for wages of $8 per hour.
Participating students gain workforce skills and financial management training, as well as learning about work ethics and professionalism. The program has been running successfully in Lancaster and Northumberland Counties for the past six years; the RCCF grant (funded by the Martha Henna Harris Endowment) will enable its expansion to Middlesex County.
“We are so grateful to River Counties Community Foundation for this grant award,” says David Valadez, who manages the YouthWorks program, “because of the benefits it will bring to both students and businesses in Middlesex County.”