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