Augusta Free Press

Dominion provides $1 million for youth educational enrichment

Recognizing that education goes beyond time in the classroom, Dominion Resources is providing more than $1 million to support children and youth enrichment programs in central Virginia.

“In-school enrichment programs and out-of-school educational activities build on the classroom experience,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “The programs will reach thousands of students, providing them with broader and more hands-on learning opportunities.”

Each of the 11 projects received funding from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. Applewhite announced the grants today at JA Finance Park with representatives of recipient organizations.

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia received $300,000 to help create a new JA Finance Park that will open in 2017 to serve all 10th graders from Richmond and Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, New Kent and Goochland counties. At JA Finance Park, students take financial lessons learned in the classroom and apply them to “real-life” scenarios. Students must develop and live within a personal budget by making financial decisions and paying for everything from housing to health care to food, utilities and more.

“For more than 6,000 central Virginia students each year, JA Finance Park is a real eye-opener. They leave with a deeper appreciation of what their parents experience in real life and an understanding of what is entailed in balancing priorities,” said Daphne Swanson, president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia. “Dominion’s gift will go a long way toward helping us meet our goal of creating an expanded, enhanced JA Finance Park to reach even more students in years to come.”

The other programs are: