Our Mission

Together We Can Foundation-Smart Transitions is a 501 (c) 3 charity registered in Virginia. Our mission is to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in transition to independent adult life and the workforce in Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia by ensuring that they are better prepared, more connected, and have a greater sense of optimism about their future.

Who We Serve

  • Foster Youth
  • Court Involved Youth
  • Homeless Youth
  • Economically Disadvantaged Youth
  • Emotionally Challenged Youth
  • Youth Struggling with the Transition to Adulthood

And the educators, mentors, parents, agencies, social workers, parole officers, and youth program specialists that work with these youth.


What We Do

We are the premiere provider of success skills classes and resources for young adults in Hampton Roads. We specialize in working with at-risk populations. We partner with local organizations that serve youth by providing youth classes, resources, and staff training in areas such as:

  • Career identification and alignment
  • Effectively building and presenting a personal brand
  • Financial planning and money management for independence
  • Interviewing skills and the secrets of getting hired
  • Workforce development soft skills
  • Leadership and self-confidence

You can click on the images below to learn more about our programs and resources and how to access them.

Life-Work Portfolio Course

The Smart Transitions Life-Work Portfolio Course encourages young people through discussion and guided exercises to explore career options and develop realistic career plans. It also guides them through the process of creating resumes and professional presentation portfolios while practicing interviewing skills and personal branding. Youth develop Life-work plans and learn the kinds of skills that help job seekers make a positive impression and land a job. Life-Work Portfolio Course


Smart Transitions Guides

Smart Transitions Guides and Workbooks are youth-centric publications that focus on better preparation for adult life and the workforce through self-awareness and planning. These materials are designed for youth working alone, with a mentor or coach, or in small groups to explore what it means to become an adult in ways that are proactive and ensure a successful transition to the adult world of work.


Equine Youth Challenge

The Equine Youth Challenge is a program in which youth learn to work with, care for, and ride horses. Recent studies and our own successes suggest a powerful correlation between youth working with horses and their capacity to make better choices with more self-confidence for a more successful transition to adulthood. Together We Can Foundation was an early sponsor of this program in Smithfield, Virginia and now provides youth scholarships to the program.

Smart Money Course

The Smart Transitions Smart Money Class helps young adults explore the world of money through games and role-playing scenarios that develop budgeting skills, apartment living, financial planning, and goal-setting. Youth learn to manage money, understand the ins and outs of financial institutions, understand credit and debt, and live within a fixed budget. They also work with mentors to develop financial plans for medium range goals and financial independence.