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.

Current Program Locations

Interested in joining a program?
Youth Community Centers

Peter Paul Development Center, South Side Boys & Girls Club

Middle Schools

Fairfield MS, Lucille Brown MS, River City MS, Wilder MS

High Schools

Armstrong HS, George Wythe HS, Highland Spring HS, Huguenot HS, John Marshall 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."


    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.”


    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.”


    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

Computer / Tech Help

If you need technology assistance, please contact our Help Desk. Please provide as much of the following information as possible:

  • parent name
  • student name
  • contact telephone number
  • school
  • RPS tag number of the device



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