In 2012, a team of VCU faculty, staff and community partners with expertise in youth development engaged in a strategic planning process that involved the examination of current programmatic offerings, stakeholders’ perspectives on community needs and assets and the work of other universities that focus on youth development.
Along with establishing the vision, mission and guiding principles, the committee recommended the following:
- Explore the opportunity to become a local and regional youth training resource for youth program and quality and youth development professionals.
- Become the programmatic home and structural point of access for Discovery@VCU and other youth development programs at VCU and that revised programs focus primarily on underserved youth and their connection to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pipelines.
- Enhance the current Lobs & Lessons program to include stronger parental engagement