First Lady Focus on
the Partnership for Petersburg
Bringing together more than 50 initiatives under six pillars, Governor Glenn Youngkin launched the Partnership for Petersburg initiative with state, local, community and faith leaders. With full support from the Commonwealth’s vast resources, the Partnership’s mission is to help Petersburg become one of the best cities to live, work and raise a family.
As she strives to come alongside Women+girls in Petersburg, the First Lady is regularly engaged in activities and monthly volunteerism with women’s groups, nonprofits, educational institutions, faith organizations and women-owned businesses. Scroll for updates on the “First Lady Focus” on the Partnership for Petersburg, and visit the Partnership for Petersburg website below for resources.
One Year Anniversary Progress
Embracing Education at Pleasants Lane Elementary School
September 13, 2023
The First Lady and the Governor paid a visit to Pleasants Lane Elementary School where they were able to visit with the 3rd grade students. In coordination with Communities in Schools, they had the opportunity to answer questions about government, admire the students creativity through their drawings, and spark a love of learning and reading through the story of “Ferdinand the Bull.” To learn more about the Communities in Schools program, please visit their website.
Back-to-School Visit at Blandford Academy
August 29, 2023
As Petersburg City Public School students and teachers gear up for back-to-school, the First Lady made a visit to Blandford Academy. She, and the ladies from the Petersburg Women’s Club, delivered school supplies to help the teachers prepare for the new year. While visiting, the First Lady had the opportunity to join the educators in discussion over lunch and thanked them for their commitment to educating Virginia’s youth. A most sincere thank you to all those in the Administration and beyond who donated the school supplies, and to those teaching on the frontlines. All make a huge impact on the students!
Recognizing the Efforts of the DCU Hope Center
July 20, 2023
The First Lady paid a visit to the Hope Center in downtown Petersburg, where she toured the facility and interacted with volunteers, community members, and center leadership. During her tour, she was able to see the non-profit in action and witness the work they do to bring hope to Petersburg through the provision of groceries, warm meals, utility assistance, and health care to residents in need. To learn more about these and other resources the Hope Center provides, please visit their website.
Conversation with the Pregnancy Support Center of the Tri-Cities
July 20, 2023
During Maternal Health Awareness month, the First Lady made a visit to the Pregnancy Support Center of the Tri-Cities in Petersburg, a non-profit serving expecting mothers and their children in the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights. While visiting, the First Lady received a behind-the-scenes look at the resources and supplies available to new mothers and additionally met with staff and board members to discuss challenges surrounding pregnancy and maternal health. To learn more about the Pregnancy Center’s services and offerings, please visit their website.
Best wishes to our Petersburg interns!
The First Lady stopped by Union Train Station to offer words of encouragement to students participating in the Petersburg Summer Internship and Employment Program on their first day of work. The internship program kicks off right as Virginia has been named the top state for Customized Workforce Training by Business Facilities’ State Rankings Report. Experiential learning programs such as Petersburg’s help train up a talented workforce that will help Virginia prosper for generations to come.
Visit to GNUS Corporation
May 10, 2023
The First Lady toured GNUS Corporation in Petersburg, which is dedicated to supporting aging Veterans in need. The organization utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to provide emergency and long-term housing, wellness, legal, family, spiritual growth and other services.
Thank You Teachers
May 10, 2023
During Teacher Appreciation Week, the First Lady joined Communities in Schools (CIS) of Petersburg at Blandford Academy to celebrate educators and administrators. She handed out apple-shaped, homemade cookies as part of an ongoing effort to Strengthen the Spirit of Virginia’s Women+girls (W+g). She also met with the school’s sparkling ‘Blandford Diamonds’--female, student leaders that meet to encourage positive transitions from elementary to middle school.
Celebrating Historic Garden Week with the Petersburg Garden Club at Flowerdew Hundred
April 18, 2023
The First Lady joined the Garden Club of Virginia and the Petersburg Garden Club at Flowerdew Hundred in Prince George County in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. The First Lady shared details of efforts to ‘Strengthen the Spirit of Virginia’s Women+girls (W+g)' and took in the raw beauty of the historic grounds.
Congratulations, Urban Baby Beginnings!
April 11, 2023
The First Lady joined the Governor and Secretary of Health and Human Resources, John Littel, at the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebrating Petersburg’s maternal health hub at Urban Baby Beginnings. Urban Baby Beginnings provides support to women and families during pregnancy, birth and the first years of life. Learn more at https://urbanbabybeginnings.org.
Welcoming Petersburg Students to the Virginia Executive Mansion
April 11, 2023
In partnership with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Petersburg and with donated transport by Virginia State University, the First Lady welcomed Petersburg middle and high schoolers to Capitol Square. The students and educators toured the State Capitol, discussed historic and current events and Virginia artists featured in the Executive Mansion’s Art Experience, and picnicked on lunch donated by Chick-fil-a on a sunny afternoon.
Lessons at Cool Springs YMCA
March 2, 2023
The First Lady enjoyed learning from the smart students at Petersburg’s Cool Springs YMCA for Read Across America Day! Thank you to all the volunteers, teachers and administrators who support Petersburg’s students.
Lauding Regenesis’ Substance Recovery Care
January 26, 2023
The First Lady met with members of Regenesis, a Petersburg-based substance use disorder recovery model that uses a multi-faceted and integrated approach to therapy, recovery homes and workforce preparedness. Special shout-out to Regenesis’ personal development program affecting individual growth and change. Learn more at https://regenesislife.org.