The Focus Center has been building relationships and impacting lives in the Park Place neighborhood for 10 years. We partner with Park Place School, Norfolk Christian School, and local Norfolk Public Schools to create lasting change in the lives of students, parents, and families in Norfolk.
Many students who attend these schools live below the poverty line. Education experts identify poverty as the leading nonacademic factor in our nation's high school dropout crisis. According to the U.S Bureau of the Census, 19.4% of Norfolk residents live below the poverty line, compared to the national average of 10.9%. We believe that every student is a representative of their family and household and we aim to surround these students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and excel in life.
The Focus Center team provides schools with various kinds of support like:
- Classroom aids
- Student mentors
- Empowerment groups
- Anti-bullying groups
- Boys and girls clubs