About Us

The Raising A Village Foundation (RAV) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, committed to providing high-quality intervention programs and community resources to children, youth, and families in the areas of education, health and wellness, and the arts.  

RAV functions as a direct response to the issues that prevail in low-income areas. Raising A Village leads several key initiatives designed to create positive change for children and families in underserved communities. Each program offers support and educational opportunities that promote personal growth and civic engagement. These initiatives include: (*upcoming programs)

  • Driven 2 Succeed®

  • *At The Table®

  • *We The Village®

Our Mission

To improve the lives of children and families by creating innovative and sustainable programs that encourage safe, healthy, and whole communities.


Reach. Teach. Inspire. 

Our Story

In 2009, Raising A Village Foundation began on the campus of Clark Atlanta University as a student initiative by the name of Driven Student Organization. Created by our Founder & CEO, Jaleesa Hall, she desired to create an organization that promoted positive events and activities for the campus community and communities abroad. Serving an audience of 10,000 Atlanta University Center students, Driven was founded on the premise that no matter your financial or family background you can fulfill your ultimate potential. Since its inception, Driven has made tremendous strides in the community by implementing monthly topical symposium, the Truth or Dare AIDS and HIV Awareness Campaign, and the Driven 2 Succeed program at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

Driven Student Organization is still on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and expanding its initiatives and impact not only on the campus of Clark Atlanta University but through Raising A Village Foundation. Since its incorporation in Washington D.C. in 2017, Raising A Village Foundation has served over 300 middle and high school students through the Driven 2 Succeed Program, and created corporate and government partnerships including Communities in Schools Nation’s Capital, Urban Alliance, The American Experience Foundation, The Pen Faulkner Foundation, and the Dept of Education’s Federal Work Study Program.

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