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THE SUCCESS FOUNDATION OF VA:        We bring the power of a team to prepare foster young adults to meet their goals so that they are ready to live independently 

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Bringing positive change to the lives of young adults who have come through the foster care system or unaccompanied refugee minors by providing a team approach to mentor the young adults, identify their strengths, educational and work goals and career aspirations.

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TSF meets the young adults where they are: identifying their gifts, past job and educational experiences, and job and career aspirations.

TSF helps the young adults by developing individualized plans.

Reinforcing our commitment by conducting small group workshops, financial education training and tutor services: all pro bono.

At The Success Foundation, we are a dedicated team whose primary goal is to make a difference in the lives of the young adults we mentor. We start by having one-on-one meetings with the young adults so we can review their prior job and educational experiences, help them identify their gifts and skills, discuss job and career aspirations and help them learn how to build a foundation to succeed.

Once the young adult completes any required assessment tools, and TSF has a good understanding of their aptitude and interest, as well as job and career aspirations, TSF prepares an individual plan utilizing all available community resources. TSF's ultimate goal with designing and executing the plan is for the young adult to earn a sustainable living and career wage to be able to live independently.

With our organization’s mission always in mind, TSF supports the individualized work we do by conducting Soft Skills (i.e. life skills) workshops, Financial Literacy Training and tutoring services.

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Our Roots

Here at The Success Foundation of Virginia, we know that sometimes all it takes to change a life is a little encouragement and support. Since 2018, co-founders Gary Powers and Don DeLaney have been determined to make an impact in the Richmond Virginia (RVA) community. Focusing on young adults who have come through the foster care system, or unaccompanied refugee minors, on the verge of beginning an independent life, they developed a mission to share their passion and expertise by mentoring and assisting the young adults as they prepare to live independtly. 
The Success Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, is led by Gary S. Powers (Executive Director), Donald F. DeLaney (Board Chair), Gordy Rawles MD (Vice Chair) and Board Members: Sarah Bane Williams, Sara Hillgrove, Adrienne Whitaker and Rachel Strawn PhD. The following currently serve as mentors: Emily Martin, Renee Walker, Adrienne Whitaker, Bill Weber, Steve Lovings, Donna Shires, Rob Wagner, Mary Miley Theobald, Bob Cavaliere, Andi Weissbart and Rachael Jarrells.  Rocky Rochester, Gerry White, Lisa Rock, Duncan Sheils, Larry Land, Dicky Bland, Georgia Hammond PhD, Debbie Kelley Davis, Steffany Rosales and Jannaci Kinght all joined TSF in the past year. DeLaney, Powers, Williams, Hammond, Davis, Theobald, White and Cavaliere were contemporaries at the College of W&M while Powers, DeLaney and White were also contemporaries at Benedictine High School.

On January 21, 2022, TSF was both honored and humbled to be the recipient of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award for exemplary community service to the underserved population in RVA.

Please consider a cash donation to our foundation. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, we are exempt from federal taxes and your gift is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. Donations to The Success Foundation of Virginia are processed via PayPal.


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Richmond, VA 23226

Gary S. Powers, Executive Director  |  804.512.0576

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