project discovery


Project Discovery is a community based program started in 1979 in Roanoke, Virginia, with a goal of helping low-income middle and high school students in Pittsylvania County become the first in their families to go to college. A school drop-out prevention program that provides low-income students in Danville, Martinsville, and Pittsylvania County with educational and cultural activities including exposure to post secondary education.

Project Discovery is school drop-out prevention, college access preparatory program serving economically disadvantaged and first generation college students.  The program is designed to promote education as a means to ending the cycle of poverty for current and future generations of students.  Students attend various informative workshops designed to stimulate interest in attending and graduating colleges and or preparatory schools. 

Workshops include:

·         Goal Setting

·         Study Skills

·         Self Esteem

·         Choosing a Career

·         Choosing a College

·         College Life

·         Criteria for Admission to Colleges

·         Financial Aid

Project Discovery youth specialists assist students and their families to provide them with the following services:

·          Obtain information and guidance on how to choose a college

·          How to find financial aid and scholarships

·         How to make the transition into college life

·         Visit a variety of college campuses to get a true picture of the college experience

·         Interact with professors and administrators from various colleges.

·         Students get free SAT, ACT, and college fee waivers to assist them in their finances.

·         Project Discovery works within the school system with superintendent, principals, teachers, and guidance counselors.

Participating Schools

George Washington High School * Dan River High School * Tunstall High School
Martinsville High School * Chatham High School * Gretna High School

For further information please use the following contact information.

     Project Discovery Coordinator
707 Piney Forest Road, Shopping Center
Danville, VA 24540
Ph: 434-793-5627
FAX: 434-793-7129


     Mailing Address:
Pittsylvania Community Action, Inc.
c/o Project Discovery
PO Box 1119
Chatham, VA 24531