Richmond Promise Neighborhood

Richmond Promise Neighborhood

RPN Page PhotoIn July 2014, PPDC welcomed Richmond Promise Neighborhood (RPN) as a program of Peter Paul. RPN’s alignment with PPDC places RPN in the heart of the community it aims to serve, and allows both entities to provide more comprehensive services to the East End. The goal of RPN is to surround East End families with a unified community of support so that the students thrive and reach their potential. Primarily, these identified supports are through parent and family trainings and engagement. RPN is modeled after a national program of the U.S. Department of Education, which you can read more about here.

The long-term goal of Richmond Promise Neighborhood is to break the cycle of generational poverty, improve children’s achievement in school, and provide young people and their parents the same choices and opportunities typically associated with neighborhoods with greater resources.

RPN convenes and connects key stakeholders to provide health, social, community and family supports. One of the most promising aspects of RPN is the significant level of resident engagement in the research, planning, and accountability of services that are being delivered in the neighborhood.

Through its model and philosophy, RPN brings a comprehensive approach to PPDC, allowing us to better engage the family and empower the community. We know that to educate the child, these are integral efforts. When a family and community is strengthened, the child will thrive and achieve academic success.

Currently, RPN is spearheading several primary components to meet present focal points:

RPN Short-Term Outcomes

In addition to supporting the short-term outcomes in place for the Youth Program, the following short-term outcomes are identified for the RPN programming:

  • Improved relationships between parents and children
  • Stronger parent social and emotional support network
  • Improved family functioning and resiliency
  • Increased participation in learning/development opportunities
  • Enhanced knowledge of available community resources
  • Increased access to necessary resources

For more information about RPN, contact RPN Director Gwen Corley Creighton at