About Next Step to Success

Next Step to Success is a new initiative to advance The Barry Robinson Center’s 88-year-old mission – to improve the lives of children and families. This exciting program targets Norfolk youth using an innovative blueprint to teach young individuals the power of good character that they all possess. This blueprint is known as the Success Sequence. It’s a sequence with three steps that has been shown to significantly improve the likelihood of success for our youth later in prime adulthood.

The program’s mission is to empower youth to build the independent, resilient character they need to earn success and enjoy happy, fulfilled lives. The program accomplishes this by teaching core values, effective problem-solving skills, communication, social and daily life skills, how to avoid and minimize risky behaviors, increase financial literacy, strategies for motivation, emotion and self-regulation skills plus more!

Let us help your youth tap into the resiliency and grit we know they have to be healthy and successful individuals!

Program Details

Next Step to Success launches June 21, 2021!

The program is open to boys and girls, ages 13-15. Family criteria includes Norfolk residency and meeting the Federal poverty income level.*

There are two summer sessions to choose from:

Session 1: June 21, 2021 – July 16, 2021
Session 2: July 19, 2021 – August 13, 2021

Summer sessions will be held at St. Patrick Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Youth accepted and registered for the summer program will participate Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., for four weeks. After graduating from the program, your youth is welcome to pre-register for a fall and spring semester after-school program.

The after-school program during the 2021-2022 academic year will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6400 Newport Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Check our FAQ page for more information or contact us at:

*Youth must meet eligibility criteria. We reserve the right to request evidence of family income. We realize every family’s situation is unique, and we do review special cases. At the discretion of the Program Director and the Site Manager, special cases will be reviewed.

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