Letter from the Director


Dear Team,


Happy Thanksgiving! I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My family now lives in a beautiful home in the Northside on the same street as a fellow board member and friend and three students from the newest Learning Center. My commute is .3 mile to the office, LC Remix, and new Northminster Learning Center. The Delmont Learning Center is .5 mile away and Highland Park a mere mile! This new location has allowed us to minister more effectively and my husband is able to mentor one of our neighbors at the Northminster Learning Center.


I am so thankful for each of you who teach, mentor, give, pray, and otherwise help YLFR function and grow. Because of many of you we have seen 20 students added to the nearly 100 students who have come through YLFR doors this past year. We have 5 full time, 4 part time, and 1 wonderful AmeriCorp Volunteer Coordinator who make sure our programs run smoothly every day. Please continue to pray, volunteer, and give so that we can continue to see lives change for eternity here in Richmond!

Heather Goodlett

Executive Director

Youth Life Foundation of Richmond










Calvin is one of our oldest students to join the new Learning Center. Since the beginning of the summer, Calvin was closely following the progress of the center coming together and was highly anticipating its opening! Now that the program has started, we asked Calvin to share a bit about himself and why he was looking forward to joining the Youth Life program.


Calvin, a fan of chocolate chip ice cream and pizza, is in the 5th grade at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School. He admits that when he first heard about Youth Life, he just knew that it sounded fun, but didn't know anything else about it. He was excited about the ideas of the Fun Friday trips and the Mystery Trip! Now that Calvin is in the program, he has quickly become a leader among his peers. Without hesitancy, he follows the Learning Center rules and helps look out for the younger students. Although he did not know a number of the students, Calvin began joking with them on the bus and playing football with them at recess on the first day. He is beginning to see that the Learning Center could benefit him to reach his future goal as a basketball player, by "teaching me how to focus."