About The Friend of Hampton Roads
In January 1988 a group of professional African-American women met to discuss common concerns about the plight of children in our communities. A multitude of concerns were expressed including concerns over the alarming statistics of teenage pregnancy, high school dropout rates and the high rates of poor academic performance. Recognizing that the scope of these problems was formidable, but having a strong desire to be an active part of the solution, The Friends of Hampton Roads was created. The organization is committed to scholarship, encouragement of African-American youth to achieve their full potential, and to provide leadership, inspiration, and positive role models in our communities. Our first endeavor was fund raising for scholarship monies. The Friends of Hampton Roads, Inc. Annual Scholarship Ball was conceived as a vehicle to achieve this goal. . The funds raised from the first Scholarship Ball netted $3,140 and allowed us to give a scholarship to a college-bound graduating high school senior. As money raised over the years has increased, we have been able to increase the number and dollar amount of scholarships given to high school students. In 2011, a scholarship in honor of Dr. Katherine Treherne was established; and is awarded to two (2) third year medical students at EVMS. With continued community support, we have been blessed with increased success awarding over $600,000 in scholarship monies and grow an endowment fund.
In addition to the annual scholarship program, The Friends of Hampton Roads has actively addressed other areas of concern in our community. Career Day programs have been held for high school students and a yearlong Rites of Passage Program was initiated for girls in 1993. The organization has also worked with area adopt-a-school, tutoring, and abused women’s programs and the Food Bank. The group has also been known to donate large food baskets to needy families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In the future, we plan to further expand our efforts to participate in the educational and developmental challenges of our youth. In 1998, to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we donated $500 to ten needy organizations that specialize in abused women programs, youth and young adult programs. The funds used were from an accumulation of dues assessed to the members of the past ten years. Starting in December 1998 and continuing for many years afterward, we adopted single parent families and families reared by grandparents/guardians to help assist and fulfill their Christmas wish list. In 1999, Friends of Hampton Roads, Inc. financed two Virginia Beach youths to summer camp for six weeks. Friends of Hampton Roads, Inc. is proud of its members and their commitment to our youth. With the help and support of the community, we will make a difference for many years to come.
Our mission: Preserving the Hopes and Dreams of Our Youth.
Welcome from the President of The Friends of Hampton Roads
Preserving the Hopes and Dreams of Our Youth
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