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Youth-led Town Halls Tackle Big Issues, From Violence Prevention to School Design

The Richmond Mayor’s Youth Academy works with hundreds of young people each year, connecting them to jobs and mentors. This year, the program is doing something new. Teens are organizing and leading youth-centered town halls. WCVE’S Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Teens Across Virginia Organize School Walkouts

Across the country, young people are mobilizing for three demonstrations against gun violence. The first is a 17 minute walkout on March 14th, to honor those killed in Parkland, FL. On Saturday, March 24th, tens of thousands are expected in Washington, DC for the “March For Our Lives.” A second national student walkout is also planned for April 20th.

Hometown Heroes Recognized for Moving Greater Richmond Forward

Since 2005, the Valentine Museum has celebrated more than 60 “Richmond History Makers.” One of this year’s honorees uses urban agriculture as a vehicle to build community and racial equity. His work - along with others recognized - complements the Valentine’s new partnership with the Capital Region Collaborative. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

As Autism Diagnoses Increase, Just One Virginia University Offers Formal Support Program

Across the country, there’s a growing number of youth with autism who are entering college. Without supports, students risk failing or dropping out. In Virginia, there's only one university that provides a specific program to assist students on the spectrum. WCVE’s Catherine Komp paid the campus a visit and has more for Learning Curve.

100 Year Old Images Shed Light on Virginia’s Black World War I Soldiers

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. To coincide with the commemoration, the Library of Virginia put together True Sons of Freedom, to highlight the courage, dignity and service of African American soldiers. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Vegans Challenge Richmond Chefs To Expand Plant-Based Options

Vegan diets exclude everything from meat and dairy, to sugar refined with bone char, and beer clarified with dried fish organs. Because animal products are so common, people who want plant-based meals often have a difficult time at restaurants. But a new initiative in Richmond challenges chefs and brewers to expand their vegan offerings. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.