Community Spotlight: Family Clothing Closet

Women Giving Back was founded in June 2007 with the goal of helping transitionally homeless women and children get on their feet with clothes to help them enter the workplace and fit in at school. They continue to serve women and children in need across Northern Virginia.

When you enter Women Giving Back you feel you just stepped into a cute boutique clothing shop. The staff and volunteers are warm and welcoming!

The space is child friendly. Kids can entertain themselves in the play area while mothers shop.

Mothers can pick up to 50 items of women’s and children’s clothing, plus shoes, accessories, and toiletries. The also have maternity clothes.

If you are in need of clothing for yourself and/or your children, contact Pathways’ staff member, Jeannette Bilgera, regarding a referral to Women Giving Back at or 703-933-8062. They are located in Sterling;  however, serve the entire Northern Virginia area. If you need assistance with transportation, let Jeannette know.


Open & Upcoming Student Scholarships

Did you know the average in-state tuition at a community college is $3,500 per year and $9,500 at a public four year university? These amounts do not even cover books, parking, housing, and meal plans. As the cost of college continues to rise, it becomes more and more important students seek out forms of financial assistance to keep their debt down!

Dual Generational Pathways is here to help by searching for scholarships and offering essay writing assistance to Pathway to the Baccalaureate students who are parents. Check out the scholarships below and if you need assistance with essay writing contact us at 703-323-2181 or


Eligibility Overview: teen parent, 25 or younger, raising or actively involved in child’s life, planning to take at least 6 credits per semester, U.S. citizen, legal resident, or DACA                                                   Deadline: Closes April 1st, 2017                                                                                 Amount: $1,200 per year at community college                                                Website:



Eligibility Overview: born outside the U.S. or both parents born outside the U.S., planning on enrolling full-time, graduating senior  or recent GED graduate from the D.C. area                                                               Deadline: Closes April 1st, 2017                                                                                 Amount: from $5,000 to $20,000                                                                                Website:



Eligibility Overview: member of NAACP, U.S. citizen, 24 or younger, financial need, full-time student, 2.5 or higher GPA                                         Deadline: Closes April 28th, 2017                                                                              Amount: Up to $2,000                                                                                                      Website:



Eligibility Overview: minority, high school senior in good standing       Deadline: Closes May 1st, 2017                                                                                   Amount: $1,000                                                                                                                     Website:



Eligibility Overview: mother with minor child, at least 17, financial need                                                                                                                         Deadline: Opens in April 2017                                                                                     Amount: Up to $5,000                                                                                           Website:

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Eligibility Overview: survivor of intimate partner abuse, has separated from abuser for at least one year but not more than seven, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, financial need, has sought services for domestic violence for at least 6 months and staff from this organization are willing to act as mentor                                                      Deadline: ongoing                                                                                                               Website:

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Stressed About Your Finances? Financial Supports/Services at NOVA

If you are a  college student and worried about your finances, you’re not alone! A national study conducted by Ohio State University found that 70% of college students were stressed about their finances.

NOVA and the Pathways programs are working to find ways to support students through financial difficulties, so they can stay in school and be successful.

Highlighted services and resources:

Tax Preparation Assistance: Haven’t filled your taxes yet? It’s  not too late to get help! NOVA is offering free tax preparation workshops through April 10th. Learn more here –

Free Financial Coaching: Financial coaching can cost $50-$250 dollars per hour. NOVA offers its students access to an Accredited Financial Counselor who holds an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning for free!  You can contact our coach, Diana Yacob, at 703-228-7488 or

Campus Food Pantries: Did you know there was a food pantry on each of NOVA’s six campuses? The pantries provide food and basic necessities to NOVA students at no cost.


Supplemental Financial Aid: Federal Financial Aid alone may not be enough to sustain some students while they pursue their college credential. If that is the case, students can  look into whether they are eligible for other financial support programs like Child Care Assistance and Supplementary Nutrition Assistance. NOVA has two specially trained staff members to assist students one-on-one with filling out Virginia’s CommonHelp application.

Pathway Students Only:                                                                                 Jeannette Bilgera or 703-933-8062                        All NOVA Students:                                                                                              Rachelle Thompson or 703-503-6240

Student Emergency Grant: NOVA’s Working Students Success Network offers an emergency grant for NOVA students facing financial emergencies that endanger their ability to stay enrolled. To learn more go to

Referenced                                                                                                                          The Ohio State University. (2015). 70 percent of college students stressed about finances. Retrieved from


New Pathway Parenting-Student Emergency Grant



The PtB Parenting-Student Emergency Grant at Northern Virginia Community College operates to provide one-time financial support to Pathway student who are parents experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. Emergency funds are not intended to pay for routine education expenses and are only allocated for sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would otherwise impact a student’s ability to remain enrolled at NOVA. Funds are not available for tuition, fees, or books. The maximum award is $500 per student. This grant is made possible by funding from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.


  • Temporary loss of job or income
  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Fire in living quarters
  • Theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
  • Medical/dental emergency
  • Food or transportation needs
  • Loss of child care


To be eligible to apply for the PtB Parenting-Student Emergency Grant, you must:

  • Be a student in NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate program
  • Be a parent raising or actively involved in your child(ren)’s life/lives
  • Be enrolled in classes at NOVA during the semester in which the funds would apply
  • Be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress, with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Provide documentation of the emergency
  • Not have already received emergency funds during the current calendar yearEmergency Grant for Pathway Parenting StudentsEmergency Grant for Pathway Parenting Students


Emergency assistance to students not in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress will be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.


The maximum grant administered per person may be up to $500 based upon availability of funds.


Grant payments will be disbursed through the NVCC Educational Foundation and will be paid via check directly to a third party provider. For example, if a student needs to pay a past due utility bill or electricity will be terminated, the funds would be paid directly to the electricity company on behalf of the student.


Students who receive emergency grant funds agree to actively participate in Pathway to the Baccalaureate’s Dual Generational Pathways – a special initiative for PtB students who are parents. Students will commit to attending a minimum of 3 Dual Generational Pathways events within 6 months of receiving the emergency funding, engaging in Dual Generational Pathways student leadership activities while at NOVA, and being responsive to Pathways staff emails and phone calls.


  1. Complete the online grant application –
  2. Begin actively participating in Dual Generational Pathways’ events and leadership activities. To learn about upcoming events and activities go to or contact
  3. A Dual Generational Pathways Grant Project Manager will get in touch with you regarding your application submission and what to expect next.

Emergency Grant for Pathway Parenting Students


Attention ACP partners! We have recently come across several education grants that could be of tremendous help to teachers and schools in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of grants below to help you get started:
Grant: Teacher Grant
Purpose: To fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities
Funder: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Eligibility: PreK-12 certified teachers teaching in the subject of the project at public, private, charter, or parochial schools within the U.S.
Deadline: September 30
Amount: $100 – $500
Grant: Best Lesson Plans on Energy and Sustainability
Purpose: To award grants for classroom materials/activities related to energy and/or sustainability. All lessons must encompass energy and/or sustainability knowledge; be appropriate for students in kindergarten through eighth grade; include goals and plans for measuring students’ understanding; include a fully detailed description of the lesson plan, handouts, etc., with a list of all materials needed; be created by one teacher without the use of existing prepared educational materials outside of those available on; and encourage student development through participation opportunities.
Funder: Save on Energy
Eligibility: Teachers
Deadline: October 21
Amount: Six grants of $500 in the form of Visa Reward Cards  
Grant: School Gardens
Purpose: To support the building, amendment, or revitalization of gardens on school campuses, with preference given to rain, pollinator, native habitat, and other natural infrastructure projects; food gardens will also be funded
Funder: Nature Conservancy
Eligibility: A school must be public or charter; can be an elementary, middle, or high school.
Deadline: October 31
Amount: 55 grants of $2,000
Grant: School Garden Grant Program
Purpose: To support school garden projects designed to help students learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness. Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation). Priority will be given to both limited-resource communities and to projects that demonstrate strong buy-in from stakeholders as well as the ability to financially sustain the garden.
Funder: Whole Kids Foundation
Eligibility: An applicant must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds as a way to interest children in fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the applicant must have the support of a specific partner organization from the community (a nonprofit, farm, local business, Whole Foods store, or garden club) that brings added support and sustainability to the initiative. The applicant, if a nonprofit, may be the community partner for the grant.
Deadline: October 31
Amount: $2,000
Grant: Grants to Engage 6-8 Grade Students in Mathematics
Purpose: To incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences aimed at deepening and connecting their content knowledge. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media.
Funder: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Eligibility: Applicants must have current NCTM PreK-8 school membership and teach mathematics in grades 6-8 at least 50% of the school day.
Deadline: November 4
Amount: Grants of up to $3,000
Grant: Materials-Based Research
Purpose: To support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Grants will be awarded to interdisciplinary teams of researchers to encourage mutually beneficial innovation in craft and STEM fields, with a focus on materials and process-based research.
Funder: Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
Eligibility: Teams should include one maker and one professional working in a STEM-based field (e.g., material science, manufacturing, environmental studies, medicine, structural engineering, etc.), including academics, researchers, scientists, full-time makers, or other skilled specialists.
Deadline: November 16
Amount: Grants of up to $15,000 over eighteen months
With grant funds totaling thousands of dollars, you won’t want to miss out on these opportunities! If you have any questions about an individual grant, please contact the organization directly. If you would like to learn more about Adult Career Pathways, our Dual Generational Pathways Initiative, or learn how your organization can become an ACP partner, please contact Jolene Virgo by e-mail at

GRANT: Your Child Can Make A Difference!

Does your child want to make a positive difference in the community? Here is the perfect opportunity!

Grant: Summer of Service
Purpose: To afford youth the opportunity to turn creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities
Funder: Youth Service America and The Walt Disney Company
Eligibility: Youth ages 5 – 18
Deadline: September 30
Amount: Three hundred and forty winners will be awarded individual $500 grants to implement their projects.



For more information on grants or Dual Generational Pathways initiatives that may be helpful for your child, contact Jennifer Pocai at

Preschoolers Explore Careers at MEC’s Health Education Day

Sixty preschoolers enrolled at Annandale Christian Community for Action’s (ACCA) Child Development Center visited the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on August 10 for a full day of interactive learning about nutrition, healthy eating habits and health care careers.


ACCA, a preschool center serving diverse and low-income families in the Northern Virginia area, partnered with the MEC to offer children, ages 3 to 5, a learning experience referred to as Health Education Day. The event was a first for MEC nursing student volunteers who facilitated the activities and earned pediatric clinical hours toward their graduation requirements. ACCA instructors and parent volunteers assisted while children participated in several activity stations related to hand-washing and healthy snack preparation, health care professions, exercise/active play and body tracing, creating a paper silhouette of each child. Each child learned how to properly brush their teeth, identify parts of the body and had the chance to dress up in costumes as nurses and doctors to gain insight into what it means to treat patients.


ACCA Child Development Center Executive Director Maria Isabel Ballivian said her organization partnered with NOVA’s Dual Generational Pathways to assist in the process of enhancing post-secondary educational attainment of low-income families and early childhood care providers.

The partnership has led to introducing college activities to children enrolled in the ACCA program through Pathways’ Crayons-to-College field trip initiative. For the past three years, Dual Generational Pathways has partnered with ACCA, Hopkins House and Northern Virginia Family Services Head Start preschool centers to offer day trips to NOVA campuses.

“Health Education Day was a wonderful way for the nursing students and faculty at the MEC to help our children become more comfortable with interacting with nurses in a medical environment,” Ballivian said. “It’s very inspirational for our children to visit an institution like the MEC. This experience will leave a lasting impression in their minds that could lead to them exploring what they want to be when they grow up.”

Laura Thomas, an ACCA parent said she was eager to attend Health Education Day with her 5- year-old daughter Zahra. As a 2008 NOVA graduate, Thomas attributed her success in becoming a registered nurse to the quality education she received while enrolled in the nursing program at the MEC.

“I thought this was an amazing opportunity for our children to learn more about what it means to work in health care,” Thomas said. “My daughter has always been fascinated with wanting to be a nurse when she grows up. Out of all the field trips I usually attend with my daughter, I was particularly excited to visit the MEC and show her where I went to school and earned my degree. NOVA has truly changed my life and I wanted to share this experience with her.”

For interest in becoming a community partner or additional information on NOVA’s Dual Generational Pathways initiative, visit their website.

***Article written by Michelle Chaudoir at NOVA’s Medical Education Center.

ATTENTION PARTNERS: you may be interested in these grants

At Dual Generational Pathways, we recognize that the success of our program relies on the assistance and success of our wonderful community partners. As part of our ongoing effort to improve the lives of our students and their families, we want to keep our Partners up to date on any potential grant opportunities. This week, check out these two opportunities below:
Grant: National Youth Technology Program
Purpose: To support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies that help them become fluent in digital learning while developing the skills they need for future education and career success
Funder: Best Buy Foundation
Eligibility: Applicants must be a nonprofit organization with an existing out-of-school time program and a proven track record of serving youth between the ages of 13 and 18 in underserved communities. Preferred locations include areas where Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are located, including but not limited to Chicago, Denver, Jersey City/NYC, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
Deadline: October 1
Amount: Up to $200,000

Grant: Pay for Success Grant Competition for Preschool
Purpose: To award grants to state, local and tribal governments interested in exploring the feasibility of Pay for Success to expand and improve early learning. The grant program supports initiatives which are based on evidence; focus on outcomes; and improve early, elementary, secondary and post-secondary education while generating savings for taxpayers.
Funder: U.S. Department of Education
Eligibility: State, local and tribal governments
Deadline: October 6
Amount: 7 and 14 grantees, with awards ranging from $200,000 to $400,000.
 If you have any questions about these grant opportunities, please contact the organizations directly. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Dual Generational Pathways partner, please contact Jolene Virgo at

Parent Tips and Tricks for College Readiness

With a few simple steps, your child can be college bound! Help set your child up for a bright future in college with these tips and tricks:

 Meet with your son’s or daughter’s school counselor at least once a year.

 Keep track of your child’s grades. Every class counts!

 Make sure they’re taking the right college entrance tests.

 Fill out forms they need to get scholarships and grants.

 For more information about how to help your child plan for college and beyond:

This site gives you information and instruction for filling out the free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Use the “forecaster” to get an early estimate of your child’s eligibility for federal student aid.

Virginia Wizard ( 
The Wizard can help students understand their skills and interests, choose a career, and find a college that offers the program they need to pursue their career goals.

This site provides a listing of public and private 2-and 4- year colleges and universities in Virginia, financial aid resources, and more.

Questions about other ways you can help  your child prepare for a bright future at college? Contact your Adult Career Pathways advisor/counselor to get more information.