Youth Empowered Solutions was established for the requisite
empowerment for rural youth to identify and solve their own
problems and achieve sustainable development.


◊  Riverside recently received the WV Development Grant for $48,282.00 from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. This grant accepts in-kind contributions of labor, material and equipment. This grant was received for second phase of work - 32 windows, repointing of brick and center portion of school.

◊   Please help the AME church
The Virginia Chapel (Riverside Venue)
River Street, Elkins, WV
Please support your YOUTH
If interested in Donating to this wonderful cause, Please write Checks to: Youth Empowered Solutions
Send to:
P.O.Box 1184
Elkins, WV 26241

Thank you so very much! The two organizations really appreciate the time and effort you give to help them with their causes.

◊  The Cultural Facilities Grant is almost completed with
Phase One - Stabilization: New roof, fascia, soffit done.
Gutters and concrete pads are all that remain.

◊  Second Annual Riverside Blues Fest
channel 12 wboy story - click here

◊  Miss Freddy talking about passing it on to the next generation

◊  Stabilization Donation -

Citizens Bank of West Virginia recently donated $1,000 to the Riverside School project to assist with the stabilization of the building. "We want to thank the Elkins and Randolph County communities for their continued support," said Alice Sabatino, project and programming director of the Riverside School Association. "At Citizens Bank, we believe it's important to be a good neighbor and support initiatives such as the Riverside School project in the community. We're pleased that we can be a part of this initiative that will serve as a venue for education and preservation of this important local landmark," said Citizens Bank Executive Vice President Tom Derbyshire. From left are Citizens Bank Senior Vice President of Marketing Kathy Leombruno, Derbyshire, Sabatino, Mabel Marks and Melvin Marks.

◊  Historic Buildings in Elkins Receive Grant Money
Read a recent article posted on WBOY 12

◊  Updates:
Last year I sent in an application to Preservation Alliance of West Virginia to list the Riverside School building on the endangered list. They have approved the designation and at this time the Riverside school building has been designated "Endangered". " Folks, we are at the beginning of saving this important structure and have a long way to go". The Riverside School Association in partnership with The WV Division of Culture and History and Mountain Partners in Community Development was able to stabilize the structure before winter hit. Now, we need to raise more money, get the asbestos off and replace the roof. Once that is completed, then we can begin work on other issues that threaten the building.

February is Black History Month and in Honor, the Riverside School Association has partnered with the Davis and Elkins History Dept. and Joseph Bundy who portrays Booker T. Washington for the WV Humanities Council "History Alive" program. The performance is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2010, at 2pm, to be held at the chapel on D&E campus. Please mark your calendars, This is a must see event and is FREE to the public.

Great news just came through via e-mail, Riverside School is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This will open Federal funding opportunities, that I am reviewing at this time.

The Riverside School is also in the process of developing other programs and initiatives, which I will send to you, once developed .

Thank you!

Alice Sabatino

◊  The Riverside School Association in partnership with Mountain Partners in Community Development received funding in the sum of $42,660.00 toward the total estimated cost of $ 108,000.00 for the Riverside Phase one Stabilization project.

This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virgina Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

◊  The Riverside School
was nominated to the National register of Historic places by the State of WV.

◊  Riverside project begins
Read an article written in the Inter-Mountain

◊  The Riverside School Association recieves a $1,000 donation from Sam's Club
Read an article written in the Inter-Mountain

◊  Thank You
I want to write a huge thank you to all the many people that made the 2nd Annual Riverside Blues Fest a Great success:
A Super Sized Thank you to the County, The City, The Forest Festival, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, Mountain Partners in Community Development, To All the Great Performers, The Community AmeriCorps Team, Rocky at CRAZY HARRYS, Lynn Philips, Stroemann Bakery, Masterpiece Rentals, BEANDERS, The Intermountain Newspaper, Walmart, Krogers, and the many other Volunteers that helped The Riverside School Association start the First Annual Riverside Blues Fest with such success.
Total raised was $3,500.

more Riverside Project info