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Virginia Program Creates Pipeline to College for Latino Youth

The Hispanic population is growing in the Commonwealth, but many are not enrolling in college. A Virginia non-profit aims to close that education gap. Each summer, they bring together Latino high school students to help them prepare for college and to be inspired by those who’ve learned how to navigate the system. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.

In a Food Desert, Solutions Take Root

About one-quarter of Petersburg residents are food insecure. In a city grappling with high rates of poverty, diabetes and obesity, many have better access to corner markets than grocery stores. Community organizers and agricultural specialists are aiming to change that through grassroots organizing and an innovative indoor farm. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Exploring Shenandoah Valley’s Farm Trail

As agri-tourism grows across Virginia, a regional effort in the Shenandoah Valley is promoting the region’s abundance of homegrown products and services. The state’s first “farm trail,” Fields of Gold connects the public to growers, ranchers and producers and aims to boost economic activity for these small businesses. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Neighborhood Resource Center: Sowing Hope and Change in a Community

More than a decade ago, a Richmond neighborhood came together to confront crime, drugs and a lack of community resources. Together, they built the Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, which provides educational, financial and cultural programs and has galvanized residents to advocate for their future. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.

Virginia Civil Engineers Pioneer Llama Manure Water Filtration

Virginia Military Institute students are getting ready to depart for a remote village in Bolivia where they’re helping the community access clean water. Part of the civil engineering initiative “Keydets Without Borders,” they’re testing an innovation that takes advantage of an abundant resource - llama manure. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.

Community Process Guiding Future of 19th Century Remains Found at MCV

More than two decades ago, the remains of several dozen people were discovered in a 19th Century well near the Egyptian Building on MCV’s downtown campus. VCU is now bringing together the community to determine how the remains should be studied, memorialized and reburied. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.


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