Petersburg City and Schools Partnership

United Way recognizes that school engagementhigh school graduation and College and Career Readiness are critical Steps to Success for young people in our service area. One of the ways we live out our commitment to support healthy and thriving communities and empower individuals to succeed is through our support of the Petersburg City + Schools Partnership. 

The Petersburg City + Schools Partnership is led by the Superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools and the Office of Petersburg’s City Manager and is powered by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.

Priority Areas

The Partnership is focused on three main priority areas: 

  • Increasing student attendance. We support Petersburg City Public Schools in reaching its goal of having 95% of students in school every day. We do this through recruitment of partners who will provide student and teacher incentives as well as through systems-level partnerships leading to student engagement, wellness and success.
  • Bridging the gap from high school to workforce. We strive to build conditions supportive of  the PCPS vision that every student will (a) graduate with the ability to earn a living wage and (b) connect with livable-wage employment post-graduation.
  • Supporting a resilient Petersburg. We support a citywide climate that will strengthen the resilience of families and students throughout Petersburg.   

Partner Information

Want to partner with the Petersburg City + Schools Partnership? Click here to view our partner commitments and sign up today.  



Existing partners use Basecamp’s collaboration tools to share information and connect across organizations. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events

There are no public meetings scheduled at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lead agencies support and nurture the priorities in the following ways: 

Petersburg City Public Schools   

  • Identifies system-wide needs for strategic partnership 
  • Provides human resources to collaborate and co-create with partners and fellow lead agencies 
  • Provides responsive and trustworthy information and partnership 

The Office of the City Manager  

  • Invests resources through partnership with PCPS 
  • Co-creates strategic solutions with PCPS and partner organizations  
  • Provides responsive and trustworthy information and partnership 

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg  

Provides backbone staff for the Partnership. United Way’s Petersburg City + Partnership director:  

  • Coordinates and manages partners and initiatives 
  • Monitors progress, evaluates and reports 
  • Convenes partners virtually and in person to further the vision and mission of the Partnership

The Petersburg City + Schools Partnership was established in 2015 under Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Children’s Cabinet as part of the Challenged Schools Initiative in order to holistically address the needs of Petersburg’s students, ensuring they would get to school healthy and ready to learn.  

Below are just a few of the successful initiatives the Partnership has spearheaded: 

  • The development and launch of the Crimson Clinic at Petersburg High School, providing access to primary and behavioral healthcare to students. 
  • A homeless student housing pilot project designed to support homeless high school students and their families. 
  • Advocacy to secure funding for additional “social workers in schools” who support attendance efforts across the city through DSS. 
  • Development of The Magic Card, which provides PCPS students with access to transit, the YMCA and the library during summer months. 

Collective impact is the collaboration model used by the Partnership.  It is an “all hands on deck” approach to collaboration and problem solving that includes tackling and tracking progress on complex social problems together with cross-sector partners and stakeholders. As everyone works together instead of in silos, we co-create more sustainable impact on the communities we serve. Watch this video to learn more.

Still have questions? Email United Way’s Leanne Lytle ( with the word “Question” as your subject. 

Stay Connected

Want to stay up-to-date on the work of the Petersburg City + Schools Partnership? Click here to sign up for email updates. Click here to become a partner.


For more information about the Petersburg City + Schools Partnership, contact:

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