About 1400 youth in Virginia’s foster care system have a goal of adoption. More than 200 of them are older teens, who are less likely than other age groups to find permanent homes. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp recently witnessed the rare adoption between a foster mom and a 17-year-old and brings you their story.
An estimated 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. As patients face diagnosis, treatment and recovery, family members will provide much of the care and support that’s needed. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
In the early 20th Century, nearly 5,000 “Rosenwald” schools were built across the South to educate African Americans. While many of the structures have disappeared, communities across Virginia are coming together to document this history and preserve the buildings that remain. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Many artists face the challenge of finding affordable space and tools to carry out their work. Evolving to meet some of those needs is Studio Two Three, Richmond’s community print shop, which provides low-cost studio space and affordable classes. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
For two decades, a group in Central Virginia has been reviving the art of radio dramas. The Glen Allen-based On the Air Radio Players includes a rotating cast of actors who perform both classic and original screenplays. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
A recent graduate of VCU’s dance program is tackling issues of race, identity and the human condition through a new initiative called The Red Project. Led by artistic director Johnnie Cruise Mercer, the premiere aimed to generate dialog about the high rates of HIV in Richmond. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A new exhibit at the Valentine Richmond History Center explores the changing identity of Church Hill, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. As Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents, the exhibit was created through a unique collaboration between students, residents, artists and educators.
One of the films featured at this week’s Richmond Environmental Film Festival examines the geography, history, culture and health of the Rappahannock River.
January is National Mentoring Month, an initiative that raises awareness about the positive impact of mentoring. One of the largest mentoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has connected youth with positive role models for decades. But in many parts of the country, including Central Virginia, there’s not enough mentors to meet the community’s needs. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Across Virginia, thousands of students live in unstable housing situations, making it difficult to stay in school, graduate and enter college. In part two of our series on homelessness, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp looks at some of the support systems helping youth who don’t have a place to call home.