Food and culture is at the center of a new initiative in Richmond called “Cooking as a Second Language.” More than a cooking class, the program seeks to bring new people together and highlight the diversity of the city. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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With new officials coming to Richmond’s City Hall, Council and School Board, some advocates want to see a more functional school budgeting process.
The group Richmond Forward is encouraging leaders to evaluate the dedicated funding model used in Roanoke, Virginia. On today’s Learning Curve, Catherine Komp speaks with the group’s chief organizer, Garet Prior.
A Virginia resident has created a new way of helping people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. “Uke and Yoga” combines music and movement and is offered at more than two dozen facilities in Richmond. In 88.9 WCVE’s series on Alzheimer’s and Caregiving, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
Central Virginia is seeing progress with some educational benchmarks, according to this year’s “Community Indicators of Strength.”
The report by the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg highlights the increase in on-time graduation rates and the number of adults with high school diplomas.
But the region is struggling in others areas. Learning Curve’s Catherine Komp has more.
After getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, many feel scared, anxious and uncertain about the future. One Virginia woman decided to use poetry to convey her experiences and help others understand a disease that’s often hidden. In 88.9 WCVE’s series on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more.
A century ago, a growing number of states were granting women the right to vote. But the South - and Virginia - resisted. Social activists came together in Richmond to fight for enfranchisement. One of the movement’s leaders was Lila Meade Valentine. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In 2014, students reported 44 rapes at the University of Virginia. At the much smaller campus of the University of Richmond, 10 rapes were reported. There were 7 at Christopher Newport University and 9 at Longwood.
The numbers are from crime data submitted by institutions to the U.S. Department of Education and may not reflect the full scope of sexual violence on campus.
The Healing Place provides men addicted to drugs and alcohol a free, long-term residential recovery program. Offering a “hand up, not a hand out,” they use a 12 step, peer-led model. The program is in high demand, as the opioid epidemic continues in Greater Richmond. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more in our ongoing series, Facing Addiction.
Burnout happens in a lot of workplaces, from the corporate world to non-profits to college campuses. An effort at Virginia Commonwealth University aims to reduce stress and promote well-being by combining mindfulness and art. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
With more than 60 candidates running for Richmond’s school board, city council and mayor, Voices for Virginia’s Children saw an opportunity. They wanted candidates and the public to talk more about Richmond’s high rates of child poverty, about 41%, and how this connects to educational achievement. The non-profit group doesn’t endorse specific candidates.