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In Richmond, Art Brings Together Police and Incarcerated Youth

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.

Building Community Alternatives to Virginia’s Juvenile Justice System

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

Building Resiliency in Virginia

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.

YWCA Opens Sprout School in Children’s Museum of Richmond

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.

As School Segregation Persists, VCU Professor Explores Solutions

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.