Educational Institutions

Horizons Hampton Roads Inc

  • Norfolk, VA
  • http://www.horizonshamptonroads.org

Mission Statement

Horizons Hampton Roads provides an academic, cultural and recreational enrichment program designed to encourage students from a diverse, limited income population to realize their full potential. Horizons, working in partnership with families and communities, is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for others, and encourage life-long interest in learning. Horizons Hampton Roads is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that has been providing support to our disadvantaged youth since 1999. The program follows the award-winning Horizons National model by offering an effective six-week educational enrichment program to low-income children in grades K-8 in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

Main Programs

  1. 6 Week Summer Academic & Enrichment
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Horizons Hampton Roads serves public school children from low-income homes in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. During the school year, students attend 60 different schools across these 3 school districts. The Horizons summer program takes place in donated space on the campuses of independent schools Norfolk Collegiate School, Portsmouth Catholic Regional School, and Chesapeake Bay Academy.

ruling year

2000

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Dick Trowbridge

Keywords

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enrichment,education,children,low-income,cultural development,leadership development, lifelong learning, academics

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EIN

54-1946180

 Number

4340761882

Also Known As

HHR

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

6 Week Summer Academic & Enrichment

Horizons Hampton Roads is an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to encourage a diverse group of students from low-income families to realize their full potential. Working each summer with over 400 children K-8 in the fundamentals such as STEM education, self-confidence boosting, life skill development, and critical thinking, we not only stop the summer education gap, but also prepare our students to enter high school ready to be successful, helping them achieve higher rates of high school graduation and post-secondary education. HHR provides educational opportunities leading to increased high school graduation and productive, valued employees and citizens. Higher academic success is directly correlated with economic self-sufficiency and financial stability.

Horizons Hampton Roads serves low-income children who qualify for free lunch in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Over 75% of Horizons students come from households headed by single parents, grandparents or foster homes.
Horizons Hampton Roads summer program allows children living in low-income families from K-8 grade to experience academic enrichment opportunities with the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) program, swimming instruction, reading instruction with reading specialists, and hands-on learning projects through community field trips. Students are served a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day to fuel them for their day. HHR is offered through a private-public partnership on the campuses of independent schools in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.
Horizons Hampton Roads is based on the model of Horizons National. The first Horizons program was launched in 1964 in New Canaan, CT to serve children from low-income families in lower Fairfield County. Horizons National grew out of the original program's desire to serve more children by replicating the model at other schools, now at 44 sites in fifteen states. Horizons award-winning program has been proven to reverse summer learning loss for low-income children, instill confidence, and improve reading and reasoning skills. This evidence-based instruction model encompasses a six-week program that integrates a profound blend of academics and enrichment. Students benefit from 1:1 instruction by reading specialists and 4-to-1 student/teacher classroom ratio, hands-on STEM projects specific to each grade K-8, learning to swim, and eating a nutritious breakfast and lunch 5 days a week. Our staff of certified teachers and reading specialists tests each student before and after their participation in the program and demonstrates that, on average, students gain two to three months in reading and math skills each summer.
Reversing the Summer Slide’s life-long impact. Too often we think of summer as a vacation for our kids. But for many low-income children, summer is when they lose out, commonly referred to as the "summer slide" or the achievement gap. They have limited resources, often come from single parent families who struggle to make ends meet, and other circumstances that make summer learning not a priority, with little access to enrichment programs even as simple as visiting the library. Children who fall into the achievement gap continue to drop further behind each year. They are 6 times more likely to drop out of high school and have a 51% chance of being unemployed. The average high school dropout will cost taxpayers over $292,000 in lower tax revenues, higher cash and in-kind transfer costs, and imposed incarceration costs relative to an average high school graduate.
HHR's educational program has proven results to reverse the achievement gap and offers improved educational outcomes, including on-time grade progression and high school graduation rates, and greater rates of post-secondary education leading to improved overall employment opportunities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$775,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Horizons Hampton Roads serves public school children from low-income homes in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. During the school year, students attend 60 different schools across these 3 school districts. The Horizons summer program takes place in donated space on the campuses of independent schools Norfolk Collegiate School, Portsmouth Catholic Regional School, and Chesapeake Bay Academy.

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HORIZONS HAMPTON ROADS INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Horizons Hampton Roads Inc

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Executive Director

Mr. Dick Trowbridge

BIO

Retired Naval Officer, former Executive with LifeNet Health

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Daniel Plante

Towne Insurance

Term: Oct 2015 - Sept 2017

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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