We believe our youth are our future, but a lack of opportunities can negatively impact children from an early age.
By the age of 12, children from low-income families have experienced a 6,000-hour learning gap compared to their peers, due mostly to out-of-school factors, such as access to pre-school, after-school, and summer learning programs. This gap puts youth at a disadvantage throughout school and as they prepare for their future.
On the Road is dedicated to closing this learning gap.
By providing educational opportunities and hands-on career experiences to middle and high-school youth outside of regular school hours, our programs help to close the learning gap over time, while building our youth’s confidence and skills along the way.
OUR MISSION IS TO EMPOWER YOUTH BY PROVIDING EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND HANDS-ON CAREER EXPERIENCES.
Here’s How We Do It
We connect our youth to trusting adult relationships and equitable opportunities by creating an inclusive, welcoming culture in our programs.
We enrich lives by providing our youth with additional learning opportunities that inspire growth and confidence.
We empower our youth by helping each of them realize that they have something extraordinary to give to the world and that they are capable of realizing that promise.
“On the Road makes specific efforts to put their arm around the kid, push them forward, and let them know that they can do it and that they’ve got that support behind them. And that is what it’s all about.”
— Chaz Haywood, Clerk of Court, Rockingham Circuit Court
So Far We’ve Served…
Total Youth Served Since 2015
Youth Served During 2021-2022
Youth Enrolled On Average Per Program Site in 2021-2022
OUR WORK IS ONLY POSSIBLE WITH THE HELP OF OUR AMAZING PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS.
Hear directly from some of our youth, staff and volunteers about how your support makes a difference!
JOIN US FOR JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS DAY OF GIVING!
On Wednesday, March 29th, 100% of SALES at the Jersey Mike’s stores in Harrisonburg, Waynesboro and Staunton will benefit On the Road! Let’s get out and eat delicious subs and support local youth together. More information about the Day of Giving can be found here.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
On the Road Collaborative actively strives to create a space of acceptance and intentionally includes people of all identities. We aim to provide fair and equal access to opportunities for all, and equitably allocate resources and support. We prioritize the diversity of people’s strengths, abilities, differences, ideas and experiences, and strive to amplify voices throughout all levels of the organization. We are committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) through ongoing training, education, advocacy, and policy. Our goal is to be an authentic representation of the communities we serve.
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