Idea Fest - Danville Virginia

Idea fest is an annual Entrepreneurship competition held in Danville Virginia where older Youth compete for prize money to fund their inventions.

Although most of our kids are not elligible to participate, we have been attending Ideafest annually to expose them to new ideas and innovations, and inspire them to compete in the future and start their own businesses. 

For more information about Ideafest, check out their Facebook Page and Website.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA)

YEA-Fresh Start: During the academic year, this project provides after school homework labs, exam prep., tutoring and workshops for youth to excel academically.

YEA-Saturday: Monthly opportunities to work on business plans, serve in the Community Gardens, and attend Entrepreneurship workshops

YEA PM Summer: Fun & Games and interactive sessions focused on a weekly enrichment topic such as Entrepreneurship &  Financial Literacy (Money). They could/should build up to or involve  the monthly activity and cement learned reading, writing and spelling skills for the week, which is part of Reading Comprehension.  Activities include monthly Virtual Trips/Tours  to Colleges, Attractions & Countries and EOG/EXAM Slam - Over the top drills and practice for the End of Grade Tests and Exams. The slam is held at local restaurants and organizations which provide incentives for youth to participate.

Wheels of Meals and Fun 4 ALL

  • Geographical focus: Urban Person County
  • Delivery Model: Multiple on sites, Summer only
  • Number of meals served: 192 per day
  • Meal Format: Hot
  • Meal Service: Snack and Supper

SPEEED participates in the Summer Food Service Program with funds from the NC Department of Public Instruction. Meals are provided to all children without charge.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Currently, SPEEED serves nutritious meals during the summer between the hours of 1:30pm and 7:00 pm which will include menu items for a snack and for supper.

Summer foods 2016 sites and times (starting June 13th):

Harris Gardens

Breakfast: 10:15 - 11:00

Supper: 4:15 - 6:00

Weatherly Heights

Snack: 12:45 - 2:30

Supper: 4:15 - 6:00

Lee's Garden

Breakfast: 10:15 - 11:00

Supper: 4:45 - 5:30

SPEEED - old Senior Center Park

Breakfast: 10:30 - 11:30

Supper: 5:45 - 6:15

SPEEED - Community Garden

Breakfast: 9:00 - 9:30

Supper: 4:45 -6:00


Breakfast: 10:00 -11:00

Lunch: 3:45 - 4:30

Zion Wednesday Service

Supper: 6:15 - 7:00

Zion Sunday Service

Snack: 9:15 - 10:45

Lunch: 12:15 -1:00


VBS 5:15 - 6:15


S.P.E.E.E.D provides life skills, educational and academic support, and social/charitable services to at-risk youth. Our workshops, conferences and symposiums, activities, and events (such as, but not limited to, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy,  Wheels of Meals and Fun, and Community and Neighborhood Gardens) are designed to provide enrichment and interactive education; teaching youth life skills that will help them be successful adults and become law abiding citizens who will contribute to the tax base of society. Community and Neighborhood Garden Projects are planted, nurtured and harvested by our youth and provide food for families in Person County and surrounding areas who are struggling to make ends meet or having especially hard times feeding their families. The gardens are grown on donated land and teach participants the importance of hard work, and self-sufficiency.

S.P.E.E.E.D.  Special Populations Enrichment, Education and Employment Department

Call Us: +1.919.399.3607
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Community and Neighborhood Gardens

Our garden mission is to plant seeds, grow kids, and inspire vision.

Youth plant, nurture and harvest two Community and Neighborhood gardens mentored by volunteers from churches and organizations as well as experienced farmers and gardeners.

More than 162 families gained access to fresh vegetables through this program coupled with the Summer Foods Program which provided snack and supper daily during the summer months.

Partnering with the Roxboro Housing Authority at Harris Gardens yielded even more produce for youth and family accessibility; increasing the opportunities for youth experience.