The Hull Foundation, upholding its mission of empowering human potential, today announced a significant gift to the Children’s Home Society of Virginia Possibilities Project, an initiative that supports young people ages 18 to 25 who have aged out of the foster care system without being adopted. For the very first time in their lives, these youth will receive their very own laptop computer donated by the Hull Foundation as a means of helping them achieve their goals of becoming successful, independent adults.
“We are delighted with The Hull Foundation’s special gift of laptops to our youth,” said Nadine Marsh-Carter, President & CEO, Children’s Home Society of Virginia. “We recently identified technology as a critical need to support our youth in their goals to become productive members of society. The timing of this gift could not be more perfect.”
The Hull Foundation’s donation will provide for every youth and staff member of the Possibilities Project. It includes state-of-the-art Lenovo ThinkPad t440s laptop computers installed with technology educational software programs selected by the Hull Foundation, including Stencyl game development software, Yoyo Gamemaker Studio2 for 2D game development, CodeAcademy for coding tutorials and curriculum, and Thimble to create and publish websites.
“Young people who have remained in foster care without adoption deserve every opportunity to successfully transition into adulthood,” said Pat Hull, a serial entrepreneur and founder of The Hull Foundation. “The Possibilities Project puts belief and empowerment in these individuals, and the Hull Foundation wholeheartedly supports these efforts. In having access to their own laptop computers and software programs, these youth can explore tools, skills and ideas that can enable them to achieve their career goals or entrepreneurial aspirations.”
Every year, about 500 young people “age out” of Virginia’s foster care system. By providing them with critical supports, including housing, transportation, life skills coaching, and intensive case management, the Possibilities Project assists them to become independent and engaged community members. Participation by youth in the Possibilities Project has shown substantially better outcomes when compared to the Virginia and National averages of former foster youth.
About The Hull Foundation
Established in 2009, the Hull Foundation builds upon founder Pat Hull’s entrepreneurial beliefs and has generously distributed to various charitable causes and organizations, including Richmond Unite, UnBoundRVA, Virgin Unite, Elton John Aids Foundation, Eve Branson Foundation, Boys Home of Virginia and many more. In 2018, Hull established the Hull Foundation Endowed Scholarship at VCU Brandcenter, the school’s first entrepreneurism scholarship awarded annually to a student with interest in entrepreneurship.