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Why Choose Our Courses?

Real-World Applications: Learn to build your own apps, websites, and software solutions.

Expert Instructors: Get hands-on guidance from industry professionals with years of experience.

Flexible Learning: Choose from weekend, evening, or online classes to fit your busy schedule.

Community Support: Join our vibrant community of aspiring coders and find your tribe.

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S.M.I.T.H Foundation

Smith Foundation is dedicated to providing underrepresented urban youth with an innovative and engaging STEAM education, to developing their problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills, and to inspiring them to create positive change in their communities and beyond.

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Unlock the Power of Code with Our Comprehensive Programming Courses! Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to enhance your coding skills, we have a course for you. Our programs cover Python, PHP, and JavaScript, the languages that power the modern web and beyond.

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AI Youth Academy

Deep dive into Artificial Intelligence, covering machine learning, robotics, and natural language processing.

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Mathlete Bootcamp

Introduction to key mathematical concepts through interactive exercises and real-world applications.

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Scratch is a visual programming platform ideal for beginners, emphasizing visual learning and creativity through storytelling and game creation.

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Intro: Python

Python is a versatile programming language that starts with basic syntax and data types, advancing through functions, libraries, and object-oriented programming.

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TinkerCad is an online 3D design and modeling tool suitable for beginners in design and engineering.

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Intro: JavaScript

JavaScript is a powerful language for web development, starting with fundamentals like variables, control structures, and functions, moving towards DOM manipulation, event handling, and AJAX.

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The animation program focuses on the principles of animation, starting with basic drawing and storyboarding techniques, advancing through 2D and 3D animation tools.

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Drone and Robotics

Drone programming combines coding with aerial technology, starting with basic drone operation, safety, and regulations, moving to programming drones for autonomous flight and tasks.

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Meet the Board

Smith Foundation Board Members

Ralston Smith


Spearheads company vision, setting strategic direction and driving growth while embodying the company's values.

Patrina Thornton

Operations Director

Oversees daily operations, ensuring smooth functionality and efficiency across all departments.

Lulu Riddick

Education Director

Shapes and implements educational strategies, programs, and standards to foster learning and development.

Jamie Faulcon


Manages human resources, focusing on talent acquisition, employee relations, and organizational culture.

Ralston HE Smith

CO-Gaming Director

Curates the gaming portfolio, selecting titles that align with trends and player preferences.

Neisha Smith

Executive Director

Guides the organization's mission, strategies, and policies with a forward-thinking approach.

Jaela Faulcon

Co-Gaming Director

Curates the gaming portfolio, selecting titles that align with trends and player preferences.

Trudy Dixon

Crafts Director

Leads creative projects and workshops

Meet the Team

Meet our Team Members

Davon Harris

Program Director

Designs and executes programs that align with the organization's goals and meet community needs.

Jeanette Donalds

Crisis Coordinator

Manages and mitigates crises, ensuring rapid response and resolution to protect the organization's integrity.

Sara Thornton

Volunteers Coordinator

Recruits, trains, and manages volunteers.

Sydney Thornton

Social Media Manager

Crafts and implements social media strategies to enhance brand presence and engagement.

Nai'ma Smith

Audio Engineer

Manages sound quality and production, ensuring audio excellence in projects and events.

Marsha Smith

Grants Director

Identifies, applies for, and manages grants, securing funding to support organizational initiatives.

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Web Designer

Crafts engaging and user-friendly website designs that enhance user experience, ensuring websites are visually appealing, functional, and aligned with the brand's identity.

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Graphic Designer

Develops compelling visual content for various media, combining art and technology to communicate ideas through images, layouts, and designs that captivate the audience.

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Learn about Volunteering

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to have you! Please fill out the online form or give us a call.

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Supporting Marginalized Individuals Through Hope Inc.

2211 Dickens Rd, Suite 300h
Richmond VA 23220
Mailing Address
2000 Starling Dr #70224
Henrico, VA 23229
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