Who We Are
Open Hand of Fredericksburg seeks to empower youth ages 14 to 19, their families and the community by providing needed resources to build skills and confidence so they can identify and pursue opportunities which inspire and create a vision for the future.
What We Do
We teach youth life and job skills while matching them up with employment opportunities. We partner with city and county schools to help with alternative education and GED programs.
What People Are Saying
"Open Hand gives an opportunity for youth to excel, and make some mistakes, in a job situation with the support of mentors and without the normal pressures of a regular job. I am very much in support of the mission and vision of Open Hand and I look forward to a continued partnership with them through their GRAD program."
SARAH PERRY / DOWNTOWN GREENS / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Our Statement On Social Justice
We at Open Hand of Fredericksburg, are passionate about racial unity and reconciliation. It’s what drives us to do what we do. As a diverse board, with diverse volunteers and students, we know that inequalities still exist between Black and White communities. It pains us to see the discrimination and social injustices that exists in our country, in the youth and their families that we work with, and that we’ve personally encountered in our own lives. We want to bring healing between racial divisions in our community. We stand with the broken who face discrimination and social injustices. We are reaching out to historically underprivileged Black communities with open hands. Every person is incredibly unique and special. We have a message of hope and we plead for healing. We are an advocate and bridge-builder for racial equality and reconciliation through active and open listening, building caring relationships with others that have a different skin color than ours, and by our work to empower youth to rise up and overcome their challenges.