We equip and serve the youth of Church Hill to make transformative decisions.

“CHAT is my safety net. They do so much.” CAROLYN, CHAT Mom; Home Healthcare Assistant; Vice President of Chimborazo Elementary School PTA; student at J. Sargeant Reynolds CC

“CHAT’s kept me occupied and helped me meet new people.” WINTER, 17, Street Leader; Junior at Church Hill Academy

“When I grow up I want to be a doctor and work for CHAT!” JAZMINE, 5, Tiny Tykes

“Favorite moment? The day he asked me to be his best man.” PATRICK, 17, Senior, Church Hill Academy


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Youth Served
Since 2008


In After School

CHAT’s 3rd Annual Summer Day Camp

It was another wonderful CHAT  summer and we are excited to share a few great moments from the past seven weeks of day camp. Please take a moment to view these albums and enjoy some summer day camp highlights and glimpses of pool days!

CHAT Welcomes Virginia’s Attorney General

CHAT was honored to host VA’s Attorney General, Ken Cucinelli, for a day in Richmond’s East End. After meeting with CHAT’s CEO, Cucinelli took a bus tour of the neighborhood accompanied by two CHAT participants. Finally, he visited CHAT’s summer day camp and spoke to over 70 neighborhood youth about the merits of overcoming adversity.Continue Reading

CHAT Summer Interns

Summer day camp is underway! CHAT is excited about the 16 college students living and serving in this community for the summer. Please take a moment and check out some of the college intern blog posts, and to read about their experiences and what they’re learning.

CHAT’s Annual Yard Sale! June 11th

CHAT’s annual yard sale extravaganza is almost here!  Please join us on Saturday, June 11th at 1309 N 20th St (Home of the Withrow’s) from 8 AM to 1 PM.  CHAT has been collecting yard sale items for the past 6 months.  Some of you might want to come just so you can buy backContinue Reading

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Attached is our Summer 2011 Newsletter.  As we head into Summer, there is a lot going on at CHAT, so please take time to read about all that is happening.  Church Hill Academy is just finishing up it’s 4th year.  This past week, 16 summer interns moved into the neighborhood to spend their break helpingContinue Reading

CHAT Video from WTVR CBS 6 News

CHAT was featured on Richmond’s CBS 6 news last night.  Please take time to view the video below.  If you watch this video and are interested in what you see or would like more information on how you can participate in CHAT’s ministry, please contact us.

CHAT Celebrates the Ordination of Gina Maio

We are blessed to serve alongside Gina Maio, our Head of School at Church Hill Academy.  Please take a moment to read about her journey to ordination through this position on page 7 of Third Presbyterian Church’s bulletin. We are thrilled to celebrate this event with her!

CHAT Partners with the University of Richmond Speech Center

Please take a moment to read this article and learn more about students’ participation in public speaking classes and how the University of Richmond is reaching out. We are glad to have formed this relationship with these students and teachers. Find the Article on page 5

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Attached is our Spring 2011 Newsletter. Please take time to read about all of the exciting things that have happened at CHAT over the past few months.  We are also busy this spring hosting college and church volunteer groups that will be helping with tutoring and other community work projects.  If you have any otherContinue Reading

Student Testimony at I Have a Dream Event

Please take a moment to view this video and listen to the testimony of Briana Cary, a 9th grade student at Church Hill Academy. In one of CHAT’s afterschool lifes-skills class,  Briana put together this speech to share at the fourth annual I Have a Dream Event. We are excited to share her story of growth and relationships with you.

4th Annual I Have A Dream Event

The Youth Life Foundation of Richmond and Church Hill Activities & Tutoring formally invite you to attend the 4th annual I Have A Dream Event.  This will be a great night of youth performances, art, and speeches. When: Saturday, February 19 at 7:00pm Where: Third Presbyterian Church: Fellowship Hall, 600 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA $5/PersonContinue Reading

2010 I Have A Dream Video

Please view the I Have  Dream Video from 2010.  Performed by CHAT participants.

Hog On The Hill – January 29th

Please join us for CHAT’s 2nd Hog On The Hill Where: 12-3:30 PM at THE LIGHTHOUSE, 601 N. 31ST STREET Featuring home cooked pig and all the fixin’s. Suggested donation $10. All proceeds benefit CHAT’s Youth Leadership Program. Attached is a Hog On The Hill flyer advertising this event. Please share it with your friends.Continue Reading

Merry Christmas

From all of us at CHAT, we would like wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Thank you for helping us to continue to deepen relationships with the youth and families here in Richmond’s East End in 2010.  It is transformative in both the lives of the youth that we serve and theContinue Reading

Winter 2010 Newsletter

Please take time to read the attached CHAT Winter 2010 Newsletter.  We have much to be thankful for as we enter into this busy holiday season.  We have continued with our weekly academic and life skills tutoring schedule, had a great Halloween block party, Thanksgiving feast, and our first Christmas in Church Hill banquet, allContinue Reading

Times-Dispatch Video

Please take time to watch this video about CHAT and the Academy and how these programs are lifting up the Church Hill neighborhood.

Style Weekly – Academy In The News

Style Weekly recently interviewed Percy Strickland about Church Hill Academy, CHAT, and championing Church Hill.  Please visit Style Weekly to view the story.  Be sure to scroll to pages 8-9 to read the full story.

Candy Needed for Halloween Festival

As a reminder, CHAT’s 2010 fall Halloween festival is happening this Sunday, October 31st from 4:00-7:00 in front of the Lighthouse (601 N. 31st Street).   CHAT is hosting the event with East End Fellowship.  If you are planning on coming, or if you have time between now and Sunday, can you please bring some extraContinue Reading

New Website Changes

We are starting to make some changes to update the CHAT website (both for Church Hill Activities & Tutoring as well as Church Hill Academy).  For now, the look isn’t extremely different, but the underlying architecture has been completely changed.  We wanted to put up the site in its current state so that you canContinue Reading

CHAT's Fall Halloween Festival

Join CHAT on Halloween for its annual festival. This year, the entire block in front of the Lighthouse (601 North 22nd Street) will be full of fun. Bring friends and come in costume! Also, if you are able, CHAT needs LOTS (I mean, LOTS) of candy. Please drop off bags of individually wrapped candy toContinue Reading

Christmas In Church Hill Banquet

Christmas in Church Hill is CHAT’s first fundraising banquet. It will take place Thursday December 2nd at the Robinson Theater starting at 6pm with a catered dinner and performances, speeches, and multimedia presentations about CHAT and its impact on the youth of Church Hill. Our goal is to invite people who have yet to hearContinue Reading

CHAT Documentary – ten years and counting

A documentary about Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) located in Richmond.

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Please take time to read over the Fall 2010 Newsletter (.5 MB). Thank you for your support. We are gearing up for a busy fall as students head back to school. We look forward to your continued participation as CHAT has one of it’s best years yet. To view past newsletters, please visit this link.Continue Reading

Summer 2010 Street Leader/Intern Video

Here is a video that was produced this summer for our Street Leaders and Interns.  Enjoy!

Alex Martin – Volunteer Chemistry Teacher

Entrepreneurship Nehemiah’s Workshop Business

As part of the summer entrepreneurship program, a few of our kids have started a business at Nehemiah’s Workshop building picknic tables, benches, and corn hole sets. Call (804)236-4964 for more info! Please see the attached image flyer and let your friends know.

Entrepreneurship Sewing Business

Two of the girls working with CHAT this summer in our entrepreneurship program have started a sewing business called Sew New and are making purses, quilts, flower pins, and repairs. Call (804)236-4964 for more info! Please see the attached image flier and let your friends know.

Summer Activities Flyer

Are you interested in participating in the CHAT Summer Day Camp? Do you want to go to Kings Dominion? Interested in tutoring throughout the summer? Please download the attached Summer Flyer to see a list of events and dates that are happening throughout the summer.

2nd Annual Summer Yard Sale – June 12th

CHAT will be having it’s second annual summer yardsale on June 12 at the Lighthouse (601 N. 31st Street). The sale will last from 9aam – 2pm. There will be refreshments for sale, as well as car washes. Please come out and support this event. Download the full Yard Sale attachment flyer and share with yourContinue Reading

Summer 2010 Newsletter

Please take time to read over the summer 2010 newsletter(.5 MB). Thank you for your continued support as we head into a busy time of events, fun, and summer camps over the next few months! We are thankful to have 14 summer interns that have just moved into the neighborhood to help with our efforts.Continue Reading

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