Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
Cities of Service announced this week it has awarded Richmond a $25,000 grant to expand WriterCoach Connection, a service initiative designed to address the student achievement gap.
Richmond is one of 18 U.S. cities to be awarded a grant to support mayors who are using volunteers in a strategic way to address priority problems in their communities.
“I am deeply committed to growing the service movement in our city,” said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. “This grant award will support our efforts to both engage volunteers in a meaningful way and enhance the learning experience for our high school students with one-on-one individualized assistance.”
Richmond’s grant from Cities of Service will support recruiting and training 130 community volunteers to serve as writing coaches at Richmond High School. Coaches will work one-on-one with 120 to150 students to develop students’ writing and critical thinking skills.
The city has teamed with Community Alliance for Learning to implement this education initiative. “We are pleased to partner in this Cities of Service initiative with the City of Richmond, the first municipality to offer this kind of collaboration to help us bring crucial writing support to public-school classrooms,” said Robert Menzimer, executive director, Community Alliance for Learning.