Our Mission

Together We Can Foundation-Smart Transitions is a 501 (c) 3 charity registered in Virginia. Our mission is to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in transition to independent adult life and the workforce in Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia by ensuring that they are better prepared, more connected, and have a greater sense of optimism about their future.

Who We Serve

  • Foster Youth
  • Court Involved Youth
  • Homeless Youth
  • Economically Disadvantaged Youth
  • Emotionally Challenged Youth
  • Youth Struggling with the Transition to Adulthood

And the educators, mentors, parents, agencies, social workers, parole officers, and youth program specialists that work with these youth.

Testimonials

What We Do

We are the premiere provider of success skills classes and resources for young adults in Hampton Roads. We specialize in working with at-risk populations. We partner with local organizations that serve youth by providing youth classes, resources, and staff training in areas such as:

  • Career identification and alignment
  • Effectively building and presenting a personal brand
  • Financial planning and money management for independence
  • Interviewing skills and the secrets of getting hired
  • Workforce development soft skills
  • Leadership and self-confidence

Our Outcomes (2019-20)

1422+ Youth Served with Direct Programming

6358 Youth served since 2010


Youth completed Life-Work
Portfolio Course

Youth with no intervention
  • 90%
  • 75%

High school
diploma 90%

  • 61%
  • 6%

Pursuing post-secondary education 61%

  • 78%
  • 16%

Finding Employment 78%

The Challenge:
Disconnected Youth

There are currently over 35,000 young people across Hampton Roads, Virginia, between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school. They are not aging into productive adult life and the workforce.

Introduction to the Smart Transitions Program

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Addison Villanueva

Addison Villanueva had a way of standing out in her internship class. 20+ students from Portsmouth and Norfolk were already setting an example this past summer just by being present and accounted for—all day, and all week in early June. These youth had applied for, and been accepted to, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council’s Summer Youth Internship Program that would enable [...]

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Keeping Youth on Track for Success

College isn’t the only answer, but young people need a chance to break the cycle of minimum wage poverty. That means one of three things needs to happen. A youth needs to leave high school with a marketable skill, a youth needs to get post-secondary skill training, or a youth needs to get post-secondary education.  […]