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Summer Camps Teach Youth about Homelessness, Food Justice and Hydrology

From music and dance to sports and academics, dozens of summer camps across the state provide opportunities for enrichment. In Central Virginia, one group offers teens a chance to help improve their community. Catherine Komp has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Find out about HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Teen Impact program and Youth Philanthropy Project.

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Richmond Start-up Seeks Solution for Pressure Sores

Each year, millions of people develop pressure sores. The condition is painful, costly and leads to thousands of deaths. A start-up company in Richmond seeks to address this widespread problem, aiming to improve quality of life for individuals and potentially saving millions in medical costs. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.

Plight of Pollinators Leads to Rise in Backyard Beekeeping

The decline of pollinators, especially honeybees, has raised concerns across the globe. In Virginia, honey producing hives have decreased by about 64% since the 1970s, to less than 35,000, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture. As awareness of the problem spreads, more people are taking up backyard beekeeping. Catherine Komp has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.

Volunteers Continue Work Reclaiming Abandoned African American Cemetery

In Richmond, a popular tourist destination is the large and well-landscaped Hollywood Cemetery located on the banks of the James River. But just a few miles away is another resting place that’s experienced decades of neglect. One gravestone at a time, volunteers are working to reclaim the historic African American cemetery. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Freedom Now Project Locates Survivors of Prince Edward School Shutdown

In April, VCU launched an initiative to identify subjects of a rare collection of police photos documenting Farmville’s civil rights protests in the summer of 1963. Using crowdsourcing and old fashioned detective work, researchers with the Freedom Now Project have identified dozens of people. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with siblings captured in the photos and brings you their story.

Teens Pursue Literary Passions at Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers' Conference

Each summer, Richmond’s Poe Museum brings together high school students from across the country for an intensive week of workshops, lectures and writing critiques. The Edgar Allan Poe Young Writers' Conference aims to educate youth about the legacy of the 19th Century author and encourage youth to follow their literary passions. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Web Extra: Poe Young Writers' Conference Youth Read From Their Work

Each summer, Richmond’s Poe Museum brings together high school students from across the country for an intensive week of workshops, lectures and writing critiques. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp sat in on a workshop and afterward, a group of the teens shared excerpts from their work. In order of appearance, listen to the creative non-fiction, fiction and free verse from Justice Marshall, Haley Cannady, YoLani Martin, Aubrey Link, and William Plott.

Residents Come Together to Create a Better Block in Richmond’s Church Hill

After weeks of preparation, Richmond held its first Better Block on the city’s East End earlier this month. Spearheaded by Bon Secours and Sports Backers, the initiative uses temporary improvements to neighborhood streets to help residents and city leaders work toward long-term change. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

Virginia Voices Uses Crowdsourcing to Document Stories of the Commonwealth

Virginia Voices is an ambitious project from the Virginia Historical Society that is gathering hundreds of stories of everyday people throughout the Commonwealth. Through crowdsourced videos and professional filming, the initiative will produce a documentary and interactive database. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

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