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



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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.


Podium also hosts programs virtually, so your child can join us from anywhere!

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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

Parent Resources for Richmond Public Schools



Meal Distribution

Richmond Public School Meal Distribution:

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Henrico County Public School Meal Distribution:

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RPS High School and Middle School Course Selection

Families of high school and middle school students should have recently received a communication about selecting courses for next year. Though there's still a great deal of uncertainty about the 2020-21 school year, please make sure to complete the course selection form. For more information, please review this letter, in English or Spanish. If you need any further assistance, please contact your school's counselor.
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

Webinar Series for Families of English Learners: Supporting School at Home for English Learnerster/Tech Help


The Virginia Department of Education's English Learner Instruction Program is offering a new series of webinars geared to support families as they prepare for the upcoming school year, specifically supporting learning at home. The links below are for the respective Zoom sessions: 

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