Information For Parents


At Podium, we strive to give youth a space where they can authentically be themselves and develop as not only a writer and communicator, but as a person. Podium programs work to elicit peer engagement and creative expression.
Parents of youth in our programs are contacted regularly to keep them up to date on how their child is doing and the amazing things they’ve accomplished. We would love to serve your family and have you as part of ours.
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Current Program Locations



All Podium programs are 100% virtual
for the 2020-2021 school year!

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Interested in joining a virtual program?
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Youth Community Centers

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Greater Richmond Boys & Girls Clubs, and YMCA STAR Program at Quioccasin MS.

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Middle Schools

Elkhardt Thompson MS, Lucille Brown MS, and Binford MS.

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High Schools

Thomas Jefferson HS, Armstrong HS, and Henrico HS.

See What Parents and Youth Participants Are Saying About Our Programs





  • “When I write my mood changes because I’m finally able to release my emotions.”

    Sha’nya

    Lucille Brown MS

  • “To me, writing is an extension of myself and life. It’ll always be a part of my life. Podium has helped me learn to share my work with others instead of keeping it to myself.”

    Jasmine

    Henderson MS

  • “I’ve always had trouble expressing myself and getting people to listen to me, but when I’m writing, I don’t have that problem.”

    Kamari

    Thomas Jefferson HS

  • “I have seen the impact Podium RVA had on my daughter Destiny over the past four years, and it continues in college. She built confidence in her ability as an artist to share with her peers, growing to be the fine young lady she is today. Being in Podium is like family. As a parent I was able to speak on the last open mic of my daughter’s senior year. I am so blessed to see the impact it had on me as a parent.”

    Chantel Hall

    Proud parent and Podium supporter for life

  • “Y’all do a great job. I signed my child up for a few different online classes during quarantine, and Podium more than any other seemed to engage students deeply!”

    Adria S.

    Podium parent

Family Resources



Meal Distribution

Richmond Public School Meal Distribution:

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Henrico County Public School Meal Distribution:

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Computer/Tech Help

The Technology Services team will address issues remotely as much as possible. For issues that require hands-on support, a mobile help desk will be available throughout the community on scheduled days/times. Students who have technical issues are encouraged to email helpdesk@rvaschools.net.

Mondays, 4pm - 6pm: Boushall Middle School

Wednesdays, 11am - 2pm: MLK Jr. Middle School

Fridays, 7am - 9am: Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School

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Interested in sponsoring workshops and programs at your school or community center?

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