Youth Services

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 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

Dan River High School
Tunstall High School
Chatham High School
Gretna High School

For further information please use the following contact information.

Berdnett Witcher, Project Discovery Coordinator
211 Nor Dan Drive,  Suite 1055
Nor Dan Shopping Center
Danville, VA 24540
Ph: 434-793-5627
Fax: 434-793-7129
bwitcher@pccainc.org

Project Discovery Website: www.projectdiscovery.org

Mailing Address:

Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
c/o Project Discovery
P.O. Box 1119
Chatham, VA 24531

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