What Can Project Discovery Do

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What Can Project Discovery Do

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For nearly three decades Project Discovery has positively impacted thousands of students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Sign Up NowProject Discovery is a post-secondary access program currently offered through 24 Partner Agencies throughout Virginia in grades 4 to 12. Project Discovery encourages students to stay in and graduate high school and provides resources and tools for students to successfully make the transition to post-secondary education.

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On Sunday, February 5, the General Assembly’s budget committees adopted their FY 2017-2018 budget amendments:

The House budget reduces funding back to the 2016-17 level of $425,000.

The Senate budget, under the leadership of Senator Tommy Norment of James City County, increases Project Discovery to $850,000.

Take Immediate Action to Protect Project Discovery:  Friends and Supporters must tell their Legislators ASAP to Support Increased Program Funding for FY 2017-2018 (beginning July 1 of this year).

1-Email or call your Delegates and Senator urging them to support the Senate’s funding level of $850,000.

2-Please call Senator’s Norment’s office and thank him for supporting increased PD funding.  Tell him that support for his leadership and Project Discovery is widespread among program advocates.  His Richmond office phone number is 804-698-7503. You can leave a message.

Contact your legislators: http://lis.virginia.gov/171/mbr/MBR.HTM

“Who’s my legislator?” http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Time is of the essence.  The budget conference committees may begin to meet this weekend.  Your representatives need to know that Project Discovery is important to you.  Don’t delay, send an email today!


JMU Reports on Project Discovery Effectiveness


Project Discovery collaborated with The Madison Center for Community Development at James Madison University and submitted a program performance report.  JMU reported several key findings:
  • "Project Discovery participants enroll in college at a higher rate than their at-risk peers, both in Virginia and nationally;"
  • "Project Discovery participants . . . graduate from college at a higher rate than their at-risk peers;" and
  • "Students and parents had a statistically significant increase in college knowledge after completion of Project Discovery"
The full report can be found on the Virginia Division of Legislative Services' web site, Report 332, 2016, or can be downloaded from this JMU Study link. 

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How you can help

Project Discovery needs your help.  Our hardworking and meritorious students can get the grades and study hard, but we need to help them find the resources to pay for college.  Listed below are links that will take you to various ways that you can support Project Discovery students.

Project Discovery has access to Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits.  A donation of $500.00 or more ($1,000.00 for businesses) can produce beneficial tax credits.  Click Donate Now for details.

You can now make donations directly to Project Discovery via PayPal.  Click on the "Donate Now" and you will be able to direct your contribution to your local Project Discovery program, the general state-wide program, or both!


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