How did we get started?
Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC) is a newly renovated 4,000 square-foot building located at 3001 Meadow Bridge Road in Highland Park that is a safe, fully-programmed teen center where neighborhood youth have access to innovative programming in the arts, urban ecology, education assistance, public media, public history, and advocacy.
As an engaging hub of community revitalization, youth activity and non-profit collaboration, 6PIC fills a gap in after school programming for youth. By providing resources and education for neighborhood teens and young adults, 6PIC encourages them to become City Builders for their community.
Funding for the renovation of the Boaz & Ruth-owned building was made possible by a Community Innovation Grant from the Robins Foundation, awarded in 2015, and construction was overseen by Tekton Builders. The space was designed by neighborhood youth with the assistance of volunteers from Baskervill, Glave & Holmes, and BCWH Architects.
Multiple non-profit organizations, who have been engaged for more than six years in the Highland Park community, will employ an intentional co-locational strategy at 6PIC to offer a variety of youth programs, including the creation of a youth council called, the Changemakers. The partner organizations behind 6PIC include Storefront for Community Design, Saving Our Youth, Groundwork RVA, ART180, Boaz & Ruth, the Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Community Preservation and Development Corporation.
HOURS OF OPERATION
After-hours and weekend operations will be specific to youth programming and events.
Empowerment Hour (homework assistance) will be offered between 3pm-5 pm on Monday and Wednesday.
6PIC Founding Partners
Storefront for Community Design
Storefront pairs community design needs with volunteer design professionals and will spearhead architecture and design education with the youth at 6PIC. Through shared leadership, Storefront also spearheads the 6PIC collaborative.
Ryan Rinn, Executive Director email@example.com
Jackie Washington 6PIC Site Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Saving Our Youth
Saving Our Youth seeks to keep youth on track toward a positive future in school and in the workforce. At 6PIC, Saving Our Youth offers high school and college assistance programming for youth in addition to employment assistance and professional training.
Jo White, Executive Director email@example.com
Groundwork RVA works with Richmond youth to design and build vibrant community spaces. At 6PIC Groundwork RVA's Green Team and Green Workforce programs will connect youth through service and green-collar job training with the natural and urban environment.
Giles Harnesberger, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
ART180 creates and provides art-related programs for young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression. At 6PIC, ART180 works with local artists to provide multi-week after school programs that allow young people to discover ways they can positively engage in and influence their surroundings.
Taekia Glass, Program Director email@example.com
6PIC utilizes a collective impact model to youth development. The City Builders program, managed by Storefront For Community Design, serves as the connecting thread between 6PIC program partners. City Builders is a year long, intergenerational, co-learning program made up of youth from each 6PIC nonprofit partner and the Highland Park resident civic association interested in unpacking racism, learning about historic city planning and making real changes to the built and social environment through place-based interventions and policy solutions.
City Builders youth will drive a youth-led community agenda for Highland Park and shape the vision for the Six Points Innovation Center.
We have supplemental workshops, programs and resources:
Community 50/50 supports 6PIC’s community engagement and brings the Lyrics and Beats firstname.lastname@example.org
Untold RVA brings Multimedia Street Art -email@example.com
I AM My LIFE's Blackacademic In Residence bring higher education assistance -firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also have a Resource Mentor to assist with goal setting and connecting youth with community resources!
Stay tuned for pop up workshops and events!