January is National Mentoring Month, an initiative that raises awareness about the positive impact of mentoring. One of the largest mentoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has connected youth with positive role models for decades. But in many parts of the country, including Central Virginia, there’s not enough mentors to meet the community’s needs. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
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Across Virginia, thousands of students live in unstable housing situations, making it difficult to stay in school, graduate and enter college. In part two of our series on homelessness, Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp looks at some of the support systems helping youth who don’t have a place to call home.
Each January, advocates across Virginia conduct the annual homeless census. Part of the population that’s often difficult to count are people who are doubled-up with relatives or living in hotels. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp spent time with one family who experienced this kind of homelessness and brings you their story.
In the last year, Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs have grown substantially. Free and open to anyone with an internet connection, MOOCs provide an opportunity for professional development and personal enrichment.
It’s the New Year and many people are setting goals to accomplish in 2015. For Richmond-area non-profits, their projects may get a little easier with the opening of the city’s Community ToolBank. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
More than 50 musicians and eight years of work went into The Christmas Project, a new recording from Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more on the collaborative effort to create new holiday classics.
Listen to the broadcast version of this story on 88.9 WCVE on Thursday, December 25th at 8:44 a.m. and 5:44 p.m.
Across the country, communities are organizing a new way to shop for loved ones during the holidays. Instead of offering material items, alternative gift fairs provide opportunities to help people in need and local charitable causes. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more from Charlottesville.
Students at the University of Richmond are participating in a unique project that’s taken them out of the classroom and into a parking lot. Blending art, archeology, land use and sustainability, the course is provoking dialogue about the built environment and public spaces. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
More than a decade ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation constructed the Merrill Center, one of the world’s most energy efficient buildings. Now the group is setting an even higher standard with its new Brock Environmental Center. From Virginia Beach, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.