After School Program

Amid reports of declining test scores and drops in accreditation are also concerns of safety and where children can go while parents finish out the work day. The Salvation Army offers a solution.

The Salvation Army After School Program provides a safe environment for kids ages five through 12. The program includes tutoring by college and high school students, Bible lessons, recreation and craft activities, snacks and much more.

The After School Program, beginning September 2013, is designed to provide youth a safe haven to increase academic potential, to provide quality and affordable care, to teach character and self-esteem building, as well as socialization while instilling values and serving our community’s youth and their families. It will operate under state licensing guidelines for children in grades 1 through 5 and has been created based on models used in The Salvation Army across the nation. The program is currently undergoing the licensing process.

The After School Program will be staffed with a full-time After School Program Coordinator, a Youth Activity Coordinator and Program Aides. Transportation will be provided from the local elementary campuses each weekday, allowing increased access to parents in search of affordable after school care and at-risk youth the opportunity for additional assistance.

There is a clear need for after school programming in Hampton Roads. According to a study by the Afterschool Alliance, in 2009, 24% of Virginia’s K-12 youth were responsible for the care of themselves and siblings after school. It is estimated that these 311,585 children spend an average of 9 hours unsupervised after school, leaving ample time for injury or unhealthy behaviors.

“We are excited to be able to offer a service that is certainly needed in our community. An opportunity for children to learn and grow, but also peace of mind for parents,” said Captain Brett Meredith of The Salvation Army.

The program begins September 3 and costs $40/week (or $130/month) per child. Registration forms are available at 5525 Raby Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.

For more than 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided America’s youth a chance to experience educational enrichment, life skills development, and spiritual and physical wellness. Such experiences allow at-risk children and adolescents to envision and pursue better futures for themselves and their families.

Teaming Up With Target Stores

Students Awarded Back-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army

On Tuesday, July 16, more than 60 local students in need will have the opportunity to visit a Target store to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping 64 K-12 students across Hampton Roads gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

Since 2009, Target has sponsored Target School Sprees to help prepare children for the first day of school. As part the Target School Spree program, Target has awarded The Salvation Army nationwide $1 million to cover Target GiftCards and transportation costs. . Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the Target School Spree event between July 15 and August 15 in select regions across the country. Each $81 Target GiftCard awarded as part of the program will provide a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn. Through programs like the Target School Sprees, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit