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.
Click here to view the Petersburg City and Schools Partnership organizational chart.
News & Updates
February Partnership Meeting – The next full meeting of the City & Schools Partnership will be 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). We will hear brief updates from the PCPS Superintendent, Petersburg’s City Manager and Mayor before embarking together on some problemsolving opportunities as a Partnership. Anyone with interest in supporting Petersburg students is invited to attend. RSVP to Leanne Lytle (LytleL@yourunitedway.org).
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.
September 2018 – Petersburg City Public Schools are accredited for the 2018-19 school year! We are proud to support the community-wide effort to improve Petersburg schools and provide every child with a path to success.
September 2018 – School-based health centers enable students to receive health care while at school. Petersburg City and Schools Partnership is working with local partners to establish one of the first school-based health centers in Virginia. Learn more about school-based health centers.
August 2018 – As one of the non-profits to receive help from CreateAThon at VCU, Petersburg City and Schools Partnership now has a brand created from their mission and values. Learn more about the students journey through CreateAThon and their process in creating this material.
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