Inspiring minds,
building community,
transforming lives.

We love our donors! This month, we are excited to showcase our donor and partner, the First Settlers Region, Porsche Club of America.  Since 2015, The First Settlers Region Porsche Club and members have supported our life transforming summer program with generous donations they raise and personally give. 

“The First Settlers Region Porsche Club members work hard all year raising money, while celebrating their car-love.  We are so grateful that Horizons students have more opportunities because of their generosity (and we love the cars, too!)” stated Executive Director, Dick Trowbridge.

During summer 2015, Porsche Club members came out to visit our Portsmouth program. Visitors met students while visiting classrooms and saw first-hand the positive impact Horizons is making in the lives of local kids. The inspiring visit concluded with a fun opportunity for our students to check-out our visitors’ awesome Porsches!

Josie Grandfield, First Settlers Region Porsche Club’s charity coordinator, shared “Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces while they made art projects, blew up volcanoes in the front yard and lined up to head off to swim lessons for the day was a wonderful experience for our club. Thank you for inviting us.” 

The Air & Auto Classic Charity Car Show is a local community event the First Settlers Region, Porsche Club has hosted to raise thousands of dollars to give back to charitable organizations.  The Air & Auto Classic gives participants an opportunity to show off their pride and joy, check out the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, and bring folks together to contribute to inspiring organizations doing important charity work in our community. Horizons Hampton Roads is one of the proud beneficiaries of this awesome event.

Last November, the Porsche Club kindly donated over $5,000 raised at the 2019 Air & Auto Classic.  Porsche Club charity coordinator, Josie Grandfield and show coordinator, George Michaels presented the generous donation check to Dick Trowbridge at their annual “Turkeys in the Trunk” event with Checkered Flag, Porsche General Manager, Ed Klima. 

The First Settlers Region Porsche Club of America is a talented group of people with tremendous diverstiy united by the love of Porsche automobiles.  Porsche Club of America’s main mission is to heighten the Porsche owning and driving experience. Members are also committed to giving back to the community. To learn more about the First Settlers Region Porsche Club of America, visit

Horizons continues to reach local children during the school year and just wrapped up the Virginia Beach Super Saturday reading program. Over 135 volunteers donated 210+ hours of service to the children of Diamond Springs Elementary.  An average of 25 students attended each Saturday morning session with 38 different children in attendance at least twice (which is double last year’s numbers!).  Each week, students spent a half hour reading with a community volunteer. Then another 1.5 hours in targeted small group reading instruction with their teachers and other volunteers.  Participating students received breakfast and a snack each day along with a book to take home and add to their personal library.  

Special thanks to REACH  and the Interact Club of Kempsville High School for donating books! Horizons Hampton Roads could not service these grateful children of Diamond Springs Elementary without the dedicated team of loyal volunteers from Catholic High School who have been assisting our students and programs for 4 consecutive years. We also want to recognize and thank the Noblemen for providing attendance prizes for the children.   

Volunteer groups this year included:
Catholic High School

Dare Strategists

First Colonial

GS Troop 191

Horizons Ambassadors and Board Member Arielle Hankerson

Kempsville Interact Club

Churchland Kiwanis

Virginia Beach Lions Clubs

Norfolk Academy

Virginia Beach Rotary

United Way Women United

Priority Charity Bowl

Each Saturday, there was lots of excitement amongst the children as they waited for the community volunteers to read one-on-one together. One student who only spoke Spanish connected with a Catholic High School volunteer that happens to teach Spanish! The student’s Diamond Springs teacher said watching her student with the volunteer reader was the most animated she had ever seen her student. Impacting the lives of children to give them confidence and share the love of learning is what it’s all about. Huge Horizons thank you to all our compassionate volunteers. Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives!

Stay tuned for more Horizons Super Saturday updates from our Norfolk partnership with P.B. Young Elementary. To learn more about our year-round programs, click here.

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Early in his career, he performed work as a Nuclear Engineer, Radiological Engineer and Production Manager at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. What a tremendous opportunity to work on Navy assets such as nuclear Aircraft Carriers, Submarines, and nuclear facilities/support systems.

In 2001 Mr. White was selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to attend the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program to gain a perspective on military operations and policy. The objective was to provide an enterprise perspective of joint military operations while preparing a cadre of civilian leaders for senior level positions providing.  Jonathan worked with several major defense contractors as a Senior Consultant in the performance of program management and other vast engineering and modernization initiatives.

In 2008 he joined DHS USCG working several top tier modernization efforts providing strategic support to personnel and various senior leaders. His most notable accomplishment was working across the Coast Guard enterprise to standup the Director of Operations Logistics Command and the supporting Base Operations. This was the beginning of many transformation efforts.

Mr. White decided in January 2019 to start his own his company, Optimum Performance & Strategic Consulting, LLC. It was driven by his faith and his internal desire to run his own company. The primary purpose is to tirelessly help clients define key strategies, manage technology initiatives, optimize operations, and achieve significant returns on their people, processes, and technology investments.

Jonathan has been married for 25 years to Shepelle Watkins-White and they have two beautiful daughters, Alexis and Logan. He and his wife reside in Suffolk and he loves his ladies. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC A&T State University. He is a certified PMP, LSS BB, ITIL v3 as well as other accomplishments. Jon enjoys spending time with family, vacationing, volunteering in his local church and supporting other charitable events.


We are pleased to announce that Horizons Hampton Roads was approved for a grant from Wells Fargo in the amount of $5,000.00 to support the summer education and literacy for low-income children.  Wells Fargo is proud to support our organization’s commitment to the community as we work together to build stronger communities.

Thank you Wells FWellsFargoLogo3argo! Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives in Hampton Roads!

Horizons Hampton Roads is the proud grant recipient of $52,500 from the Beazley Foundation.

Founded in 1948 with fundMr. Beazleys provided by Mr. Beazley, his wife, Marie C. Beazley and son Fred Jr., the Beazley Foundation focuses on the needs of community and young people – consistent with the concerns of Mr. Fred W. Beazley, the founder.

Healthcare, housing, education, recreation and like concerns have resulted in substantial Foundation grants to an array of organizations and programs serving southeastern Virginia. The Beazley Foundation supports various community programs, ranging from recreation centers for both adults and children, to housing projects, endowed college scholarships and human needs. Hundreds of low-income public school students served by Horizons Hampton Roads benefit from the Beazley Foundation’s generous support and commitment to education. Horizons changes how students look at the world, the future, and themselves. Thank you Beazley Foundation! Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives!

PCRS studentsWe are the proud recipients of a $10,000 grant award from the Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation (PGHF). The PGHOF mission is to improve the health, wellness and quality of life of the Portsmouth community through insightful, effective, and coordinated philanthropic grantmaking and collaborations. Their vision is to be a catalyst for maximizing outcomes through community assessment, collaborative development, and focused grantmaking. Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives! Thank you Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation!

svcf logoOur Portsmouth life transforming summer academic enrichment program has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation! The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation (SEVACF) is a nonprofit, community corporation that connects people who care with causes large and small to benefit the communities they serve. Created in 2010 by the merger of the Portsmouth Community Foundation (1965) and Chesapeake’s Heron Foundation (2008), SEVACF has been serving the community for over 50 years. SEVACF helps donors meet local charitable needs in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and the greater southeast Virginia region. They support nonprofit organizations that are working toward a common goal of creating a better, livable southeast Virginia. The Foundation offers a viable source of community funding to provide critical resources and beneficial services in all areas of need, including health and human services, housing, youth development, education and the environment.

SEVACF’s investments enable organizations like Horizons Hampton Roads to provide effective programs and respond to the needs of hundreds of low-income public school youth in Portsmouth. Thank you Southeast Virginia Community Foundation! Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives!

We had an exciting Topgolf FORE Horizons tournament fundraiser on March 21st! Over 100 guests from our Hampton Roads community came together to raise critical funds to support over 400 low-income public school students in Hampton Roads. Thank you to all our guests and players for sharing their Thursday afternoon with us to Topgolf FORE Horizons! Your attendance and support gives hundreds of local children summer learning opportunities this upcoming summer to help them reach their full potential.

Huge Horizons special thanks to your generous sponsors: GOLD Sponsor TowneBank, SILVER Sponsors GEICO, Troutman Sanders, Williams Mullen, and Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, BAY Sponsor Southern Trust Mortgage. Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives in Hampton Roads!

If you didn’t get a chance to complete your pledge/donation card at our event, please join us to change a local child’s life for the better and give online by clicking HERE.  Thank you!

To view photos from our March 21st Topgolf FORE Horizons tournament, please visit Abbie Rae Photography‘s Gallery by clicking HERE.

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Horizons Hampton Roads is the proud recipient of a $25,000 grant award from the Norfolk Southern Foundation. This generous gift will support our 2019 programs and provide summer learning opportunities for hundreds of low-income K-8th grade public school students in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  Please join us in thanking Norfolk Southern Foundation for investing in the lives and bright futures of our local children! 

The Norfolk Southern Foundation was established in 1983 to direct and implement Norfolk Southern Corporation’s charitable giving programs. Through strategic investment in educational, cultural, environmental, and human service organizations within Norfolk Southern’s service territory, the Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for Norfolk Southern employees and the “livability” of the communities it serves.  As a major employer in large and small communities throughout the eastern United States, Norfolk Southern takes seriously its role as a corporate citizen and its responsibility to commit resources, both human and financial, to help improve those communities for the benefit of our employees and our neighbors.

Arielle with Mr. Arnette

Name, age, occupation, affiliation with Horizons:

Arielle Hankerson

Program Coordinator, International Programs, Operation Smile

Former student/volunteer/employee, current board member

How many years have you been affiliated with Horizons?

19 years – since Kindergarten!

Do you have any family members that were, or are currently, in the program?

2 brothers and 1 sister participated as well and continue to help out during the summers.

Do you feel like Horizons impacted your life?

I don’t know my life without Horizons. It is one of the things that has remained constant throughout my childhood and now into adulthood. It is where I grew and had new experiences and made friends with others who has shared experiences with me. I didn’t know how important that was while participating, but being able to relate to other students, being in a safe space and working with the same set of teachers for multiple summers, that provided a consistency to my life especially at intervals like the transition between middle and high school and then high school to college. The amount of exposure to new topics and opportunities is something that I am forever grateful to have had through Horizons. From learning about different cultures and parts of the world, to learning my love of service, to going on my first college tour, Horizons showed me a great big world and gave me the confidence necessary to take part in it. I think about the teachers who expected nothing less than the best out of me in every subject and how that has contributed to my growth in higher education.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Horizons?

Mr. Arnett has been a teacher at Horizons for as long as I can remember. He was my second grade teacher where we spent the summer learning about Australia, a place where I would choose to study abroad during my time in College. He taught our gym sessions when I was in middle school, and I had the opportunity to serve as his teaching assistant for a group of 8th graders. At all those staged in my life, he was a constant and encouraging presence for me. I loved and continue to love having the opportunity to learn from him in so many different ways. He truly embodies Horizons and I couldn’t imagine the program without him!

What is it that makes Horizons so special?

Horizons is a safe space for young people to grow into themselves both academically and beyond. The program has adapted over the years to best provide for its students and families by introducing volunteer opportunities and a high school program for students who have graduated from the program. It recognizes a student as a holistic being and not just a reading or math score. My Horizons family has always been one of my biggest support systems and to this day encourages me to continue to strive for my goals.  

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