Armstrong Leadership Program


To challenge, develop, stimulate and grow our student leaders physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To ensure students acquire skills in the areas of Personal Development, Leadership Training, Mentoring, Post Graduate Preparation and Cultural Exposure in an effort to prepare students for success during and after high school.

Why Armstrong High School?

Armstrong High School, founded in 1865 as the first school dedicated to the intellectual, academic, moral and social enhancement of freed African American students in Richmond, Virginia. With over 150 years of educational excellence, it has been responsible for training and developing more inner city youth than any other high school in the city of Richmond. It has a rich and unrivaled legacy, producing some of the most prominent members of our community. Notable alumni includes Maggie L. Walker, Admiral Samuel Gravely, Max Robinson, John Mitchell, and Governor L. Douglas Wilder to name a few. In recent years, Armstrong High School has been faced with many challenges. It is located in the center of five public housing developments. Given the high unemployment rate in this area of the city, family hardship is a common reality. Many of our students are vulnerable to the surrounding negative influences and many have few adult figures in their lives to turn to for support. As a result, we have recognized the importance of supporting these youth, so that they can reach their utmost potential and overcome the tremendous adversities that they face in their lives.

Components of ALP

Personal Development TRANSFORMATION

Personal development activities promote social, moral, emotional, and physical health. Students participate in workshops, Think Tank Cinemas, and group sessions at Richmond Hill and Armstrong High School to obtain Personal Growth.

Session topics include:

  • Problem Solving
  • Health Equity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Building Self-Awareness and Self-Assessment
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Case Management
Leadership Training EMPOWERMENT

Leadership training sessions encourage students to set goals, analyze themselves, and/or motivate others to a course of action or thought. Students participate in Weekend Retreats, Workshops, and Team Building exercises.

Session topics include:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Teambuilding
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Building
  • Setting Goals
  • Time Management
  • Diversity Training

Mentoring relationships allows the student to establish quality relationships with adults for guidance and support. It is beneficial for each student to experience a healthy and positive relationship with at least one nurturing adult in his or her lives. Students and Mentors gather for bi-monthly planned Mentor-Mentee gatherings, Monthly One-on-One outings, as well as Tutoring and Community Dinners.

Session topics include:

  • Community and Professional Networking
  • Relationship Building
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Relationship Building
Post-Graduate Preparation SUCCESS & LIFE PLANS

Post-graduate preparation helps students get ready for life after high school by creating a “road map” to reach their desired goals. Students participate in workshops on college prep and career development sessions. Students are supported at least one after high school graduation as they transition into College or Workforce sessions.

Session topics include:

  • Job Shadowing
  • Career Exploration
  • College Review (SAT prep, scholarship application, etc.)
  • Professional Development
Service Projects ACTION

Being accountable and responsible for his or her actions and activities challenges each school participant and community. Service projects give students the opportunity to demonstrate positive change and LEAD by example.

The Ultimate Goal

For the student to realize his or her POTENTIAL, PURPOSE and PASSIONS in life while actively pursuing lifelong learning opportunities.

How Can YOU Help? Individual, Social Groups, Churches, Corporations, etc.

We have many opportunities available for you to assist our program. These opportunities include but are not limited to: Mentoring, Tutoring, Job-Shadowing opportunities, Workshop facilitation or provide assistance with College Admission and Scholarship applications.

  • Financial Support, Gift Cards, Event tickets
  • Scholarships
  • Host College Shower (Individuals or Groups) for students who are planning to attend a residential college/university.
  • Volunteer for Social Gatherings and Outings
  • Chaperone
  • Sponsor Leadership In Action Summer Institute
  • Provide use of vans or buses

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If you have any other questions or want to get involved contact:

Yvette Rajput, Director (804) 783-7903

Marvin Roane Assistant Director (804) 484-0736

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