Advocates and state leaders are making progress on changes to Virginia’s juvenile justice system, which includes laying the groundwork to build community-based alternatives that offer a range of support for children and families. The momentum to establish alternatives is being driven by a diverse coalition, including formerly incarcerated youth. In the first of a two-part series, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Richmond’s public transit system will be seeing some big changes in the coming years. The first rapid transit line is being built, and the city is seeking feedback to improve the wider bus system. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
How can Virginia increase the capacity to bounce back after extreme weather? How can communities adapt to more frequent flooding and higher temperatures? These questions are being asked by government leaders, scientists and non-profits as they seek to increase the Commonwealth’s “resiliency.” Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
This summer, K-12 educators came together to learn the best techniques for teaching computer science. The trainings by Code VA aim to get more teachers prepared and more students exposed to an area that’s becoming critical to career development. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Thousands of native plants and trees are turning a neglected area under a working railroad trestle into a five acre garden. In addition to creating beauty and attracting more people to the waterfront, Richmond’s Low Line has environmental benefits too. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The Urban Archeology Corps returned to Richmond this summer and youth are studying Chimborazo, part of Richmond National Battlefield Park. A partnership with the National Park Service and Groundwork RVA, the initiative is changing the course of some participants’ lives. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A new program launched by Virginia Cooperative Extension aims to help veterans become more financially stable and ultimately, reduce rates of stress, homelessness and suicide. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
A section of Richmond’s East End is transforming with craft breweries, solar homes and riverfront development. But a group of residents, many displaced by a 1970 urban renewal plan, want to make sure Fulton's history is acknowledged and preserved. In the second of our two part series, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more.
In the 1970s, one of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods disappeared. The Fulton Urban Renewal Plan destroyed more than 800 homes, churches and businesses. After 46 years, the plan is winding to a close. In the first of a two-part series, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
After making the movie Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions in Richmond, filmmaker Praheme headed to Los Angeles to build the next stage in his career. On a recent trip home, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp caught up with the award-winning director to learn more about his work and his next film.