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. But this year they launched an initiative, “Is it Good for Kids RVA?” Partnering with groups with Child Savers, Family Lifeline, United Way and the Richmond Education Association, the effort aims to educate both voters and candidates about the problems and solutions.
WCVE’s Catherine Komp spoke to Emily Griffey, Voices for Virginia’s Children’s policy director about the initiative. Learn More: Find the Voices for Virginia’s Children election toolkit and follow the Is It Good 4 Kids RVA? conversation on Facebook.