Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

Here at United Way, we recognize that educational milestones like kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, middle school engagement and high school graduation are critical Steps to Success. We are committed to helping everyone reach these goals. We do so both by addressing systemic problems and by empowering individuals and families with resources and information.

We are particularly proud of our work in Petersburg, where we support the Petersburg City and Schools Partnership.

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership is a collaboration between United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, Petersburg City Public Schools, local and state government agencies, service providers and community groups including nonprofit and religious organizations.

These entities work to support the Petersburg City Public Schools’ strategic plan by using collective impact principles to engage the entire local and state community toward shared goals and metrics.

Mission: To create the climate and conditions for every child to succeed by providing a sustainable, coordinated system of supports and access.

Vision: To support the Petersburg City Public School Division in providing a quality education that ensures every child is college ready, career ready and life ready with marketable skills and industry certification.

The Partnership is led by the Superintendent of Petersburg Public Schools and the Petersburg City Manager. United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg serves as the Partnership’s backbone and employs the Partnership Director, Leanne Lytle.

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership is guided by a 12-person steering committee made up of leaders in various roles throughout Petersburg. The steering committee is in charge of annually reviewing the Partnership’s collective impact agenda to ensure that it aligns with and supports student success in Petersburg.

The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership has set the 2019-2020 meetings. Full partnership meeting dates are below. To see a full calendar, please click here.

November 12, 2019
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tentative: Petersburg High School

January 21, 2020
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tentative: Petersburg Public Library

March 24, 2020
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location TBD

May 26, 2020
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location TBD

News & Updates

September 2019Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Petersburg City + Schools Partnership a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground at Pleasants Lane Elementary School. Learn more.

February Partnership MeetingThe City & Schools Partnership met on February 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Stephens Episcopal Church (228 Hallifax Street, Petersburg, VA). The meeting featured brief updates from the PCPS Superintendent, Petersburg’s City Manager and Mayor.

November 2018 –  The Petersburg City and Schools Partnership held a State of the Schools Update and Celebration to talk about the progress of Petersburg Public Schools and the challenges ahead. United Way is proud to be the backbone of this effort and work with committed partners to bring positive change to Petersburg schools. Read more.

For information about the Petersburg City and Schools Partnership, contact:

Leanne Lytle, M.Ed.
Director, City and Schools Partnership
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
LytleL@yourunitedway.org