The Performing Statistics partnership continued this year, bringing together incarcerated youth, artists, advocates and police. Artwork created during the initiative is sparking conversation about the community’s role in addressing youth incarceration. In the second of our two-part series, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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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.
Marcus Newsome announced his retirement in October 2015. He planned to do some consulting and teach at a university. But he was troubled by the negative stories he was hearing about Petersburg and a few phone calls later, he decided to put his retirement on hold.
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 month, the YWCA opens a second “Sprout School” at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. The mixed income early childhood educational program now serves about 140 children at two locations.
Teachers use the Reggio Emilia approach, developed in Italy following World War II, that promotes discovery, creativity and community.
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.
More than 60 years following the Supreme Court’s Brown versus Board of Education decision, schools remain segregated. According to the Government Accountability Office, the number of schools that were “high poverty and comprised of mostly Black or Hispanic students” grew from about 7,000 in 2000-01 to more than 15,000 in 2013-14.
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.