Impact 100’s “Big Give” event yields big surprises for Six Points Innovation Center in Richmond’s Highland Park

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Groundwork RVA is honored to announce the award of a $100,000 grant from The Lipman Foundation of Richmond, Virginia to support the proposal “Modeling Sustainability at Six Points Innovation Center.”  The Lipman Foundation honors the life of Mrs. Jeanette Lipman, a Richmond-born “venture philanthropist.”  Mrs. Lipman lived a life devoted to her family and the Richmond community.  She was passionate about education and providing support to innovative solutions and grassroots organizations. 

Groundwork RVA partnered with Storefront for Community Design on a proposal to Impact 100 Richmond, program of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.  Impact 100 is a “giving circle” where over two hundred women pool their charitable gifts to award $100,000 each year to a community organization whose work will make a positive and lasting transformational impact on Richmond communities.  The competitive process includes a grant proposal, site visit, and presentations.  Groundwork RVA was one of five finalists and although we did not receive the award that evening, the exposure produced the same result; full funding of the proposal.  

Groundwork RVA and Storefront for Community Design will use The Lipman Foundation grant to expand Groundwork’s Green Workforce career training program, where youth develop a strong work ethic, learn teamwork, gain job experience, and manage projects.  At the Six Points Innovation Center in Highland Park, young people will learn about sustainability and design, and acquire “green collar” job skills through a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum. According to Groundwork RVA’s executive director Giles Harnsberger, “Vocational education meets real-world application when teens use green building skills at Six Points Innovation Center.  Projects include utilizing food waste to create renewable energy systems and creating and caring for green spaces in Highland Park.”  Putting youth in the lead has been a priority for partners from the concept’s beginning.  Says Ryan Rinn, executive director of Storefront for Community Design, “Students from Richmond Public High Schools are leading with their vision for the community. A dozen RPS teens put their pencils to work alongside architects and designers to make sure this space is a place teens want to be.”

The recently renovated program space, owned by Boaz & Ruth, is perched on the historic Six Points intersection at 3001 Meadowbridge Road.  Storefront for Community Design brought partners Groundwork RVA, Saving Our Youth, and Art180 together in 2015 to provide a plethora of youth services to engage high school age youth in a safe after-school setting at the new youth center, known as Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC).  The Robins Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supported an award to Storefront in 2016 to support the renovation of the space for after school youth services.  Since the award was granted, a bevy of partners have come to the table to support innovative, equity driven youth programming.  (6PIC partners are listed below.)  The grand opening of the 6PIC facility and celebration of the Lipman Foundation grant award is Tuesday, June 6th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm), and is open to the public.  Teens are encouraged to attend.

Six Points Innovation Center

Supporting organizations include:  Storefront for Community Design, Groundwork RVA, Saving Our Youth Virginia, ART180, Boaz & Ruth, Virginia LISC, Open Minds, Storefront Studio, Untold RVA, RVA Rapid Transit, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens/ Beautiful RVA, I Am My Life

Hours of Operation

Office Hours: Monday – Friday (9 am – 5 pm), Saturday (10 am – 3 pm)

Homework Center Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (3 pm – 5 pm)