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.


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 (2017-18)

1075+ Youth Served with Direct Programming

3784 Youth served since 2010

Youth completed Life-Work
Portfolio Course

Youth with no intervention
  • 91%
  • 75%

High school
diploma 91%

  • 62%
  • 6%

Pursuing post-secondary education 62%

  • 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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Giancarlo Balarezo

One of my favorite activities we teach in the Life Work Portfolio Course is our “Personal Brand” exercise.  The basic idea is that you brainstorm many of the qualities you feel an employer would want to hire. It doesn’t do anyone any good to try to be all of them at once, or even worse, [...]

CONNECTIONS: The Newsletter of Together We Can Foundation

It's a busy time for us at TWC Smart Transitions. Keep up with us through our Newsletter and Annual Report.

Looking Good: A Foster Care Portrait Event

Blaise and Katlyn Burns and Family (along with Stand Up For Kids Executive Director, Mark Stevens) were back to have family portraits made at Together We Can Foundation's "Looking Good" Portrait Event. Many families are making this an annual event for their holiday portraits and some of our foster youth use this opportunity to have [...]