CHANGE (Portsmouth, VA)


  • Name:Patricia Liebler

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CHANGE
  • Address:401 West Road
    Portsmouth, VA 23703
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:757-393-8728

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  • Mission:
  • The suspension program keeps kids safe, improves academic performance, promotes student well-being, and helps communities.

  • Overview:
  • The C.H. A.N.G.E Program is seeking a grant to establish a program for students who have been suspended from their regular school. The C.H. A.N.G.E Program would be an extension of the New Directions Center program that is already established. The students would attend the program during the regular school day. The C.H. A.N.G.E Program will enable suspended students the opportunity to keep abreast of their academic studies while they serve their suspension. The low pupil-teacher ratio would enable students to participate in an intensive instructional program, with high standards for academic achievement and student behavior.
    C.H.A.N.G.E. would only employ Portsmouth Public Schools employees. Teachers are certified, licensed professionals. This would ensure that all individuals have passed all of the necessary background checks and certifications as well as had all necessary immunizations. Teachers will serve as instructional facilitators, monitoring student progress and providing assistance as needed.
    Students involved in this program will be able to utilize all their classroom materials, including textbooks, providing them access to the general curriculum. Copies of all approved textbooks will be available to the students. Participants would have access to the computer lab and library.
    Students in the C.H.A.N.G. E. Program will participate in the girls program named Dare to Inspire: Empowerment Group for Girls and the boy’s group titled Male Image. These programs meet weekly to provide students with counseling, guidance, behavior modification and community support activities. Students, who are eligible, will also receive counseling and mentoring through the YCAPP staff. A specific curriculum for counseling activities will be implemented.
    Breakfast and lunch would be provided by the New Directions Center cafeteria. All students will receive breakfast. Those students who qualify for free lunch would be provided their lunch through the USDA program already in place. Students who pay for their lunch would receive lunch through the line item on the grant budget. Volunteers would also receive lunch from the cafeteria.
    Transportation to and from the program will be provided by the grant. Transportation will be provided by Portsmouth Public Schools buses and drivers. The students will be picked up and returned to a designated bus stop.
    Students that take advantage of C.H.A.N.G.E will not be counted as absent in their home schools. This will allow students to receive attendance credit for attending school for those days of suspension. Attendance requirements can be found in the document titled: Compulsory Attendance and Home Instruction Related Statutes (Excerpted from the Code of Virginia; Effective July 1, 2012) § 22.1-254. Compulsory attendance required; excuses and waivers; alternative education program attendance; exemptions from article.
    Working parents or guardians will benefit from this program because they will not have to provide supervision for the suspended student.
    The community will benefit because the students will be in school and not out and about in the community.

    Partnerships are designed to support and enrich the school learning environment by including the community as an educational resource. Collaborative efforts with the community would include guest speakers, police officers, business owners, school board members, city council members, juvenile justice agencies, libraries, cultural and sports organizations, museums, cooperative extension agencies, zoo, higher education institutions, subject experts, Sheriff’s Department representatives and other volunteers who will assist students in career counseling, character building, and behavior modification activities.

    Parents will be invited to come and tutor, and have lunch and/or breakfast with their students to establish a connection between home and school

    Students participating in the CHANGE program will adhere to school-wide standards for conduct, interaction, and engagement.

  • Year established:
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:11


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:Unknown
  • IRS Subsection:None
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