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ChildSavers expands school-based therapist program with Richmond Public Schools

A program expansion is offering more students in the Richmond-area access to mental health services in school.

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ChildSavers recently added Thomas C. Boushall Middle, George W. Carver Elementary, and J.H. Blackwell Elementary to its school-based therapy program.

School-based therapy increases access to trauma-informed mental health services by embedding clinicians in schools. ChildSavers’ partnership with Richmond Public Schools launched during the 2017-2018 school year with funding from the Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant.

The nonprofit now serves 10 schools within the Richmond Public Schools system with therapists in Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle and Preschool, Fairfield Court Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Henry L. Marsh III Elementary (formerly George Mason Elementary), Overby-Sheppard Elementary and Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary.

“Providing mental health services at school breaks down barriers and allows more students to access trauma-informed therapy,” said Robert Bolling, ChildSavers CEO and president. “The program is also an important opportunity to bring mental health resources to students of color, specifically Black youth. This is important work and we’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with Richmond Public Schools.”

ChildSavers uses school-based therapy as a critical tool to address racial disparities in mental health services among adolescents. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it. Black Americans are also more likely to be exposed to factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, such as homelessness and exposure to violence.

Ninety-one percent of the youth served in the school-based program are Black.

Therapy sessions are held via Zoom to align with Richmond Public Schools’ virtual learning plan during the pandemic. Teachers, staff, and parents can refer students to the service and therapists are currently accepting new clients.

“Expanding the therapy program helps us create safer and more inclusive school cultures,” said Jason Kamras, Richmond Public Schools superintendent. “We see positive results in academics and social well-being in our schools with therapists. Not only are clinicians providing critical therapeutic services, but ChildSavers’ school-based teams are also serving as valuable resources for teachers and staff by helping them navigate challenging situations.”

For more information about ChildSavers, visit www.childsavers.org.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Steamroll Defending Champs Omaha

In front of a record-breaking crowd of 4,886 the Kickers defeated Union Omaha 3-0.

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OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY

RICHMOND KICKERS

     3

20′ Bolanos, 70′ Terzaghi (Bolanos), 76′ Terzaghi (Bolanos)

UNION OMAHA

     0

The Richmond Kickers (11-7-5, 38 pts) moved back into first place in USL League One as they defeated Union Omaha (8-3-10, 34 pts) with a 3-0 shutout in front of the largest crowd this season of 4,886 attendees. Jonathan Bolanos tallied one goal and two assists and Emiliano Terzaghi scored two goals in the second half.

In just the second minute of the match, the Kickers were presented with an opportunity with a set piece after Terzaghi was taken down just outside the box. Nil Vinyals bent his free kick over the wall but it went just outside the net not far from the near post of the goal.

In the 20th minute, Bolanos took the ball down the line and found Ethan Bryant who took a one-touch shot on goal. Rashid Nuhu made the initial save, but Bolanos made the follow-up run and put the ball in the back of the net giving the Kickers the lead.

The Kickers looked for more and in the 32nd minute, Bolanos made a back heel pass to Stuart Ritchie who took the shot going across the mouth of the goal.

The second half started off strong with an opportunity in the 49th minute, as Terzaghi received the ball past midfield, dribbled up the field, and took a shot, going just wide of goal.

In the 64th minute, Ethan Vanacore-Decker received the ball after a poor header from the Omaha defender and dribbled the ball into the box past the defense for a one-on-one with Nuhu, however, the keeper was able to make the save.

Terzaghi was then able to capitalize on two goal opportunities within five minutes of each other.

In the 70th minute, the Kickers earned a free kick which was taken by Vinyals. The ball found Bolanos on the near-post run, and he was able to pass the ball behind him to a crashing Terzaghi who put the ball into the back of the net at the near post.

Bolanos and Terzaghi connected once more in the 75th minute. Owayne Gordon found Bolanos in a wide open space in the middle of the field. Bolanos then took the ball towards the goalmouth and kept it away from his marker. Bolanos drew the keeper out and found Terzaghi sitting at the top of the box wide open to take a shot for his second of the night.

The Roos were up 3-0 and kept looking for more towards the end of the match.

The final opportunity came in the 90th minute. Bolanos dribbled the ball into the middle and found Gordon just wide of him. Gordon cut back to lose the defender, then took the shot which was deflected off the Omaha defender. Vinyals crashed onto the deflection but his shot went just over the crossbar.

The win marked the largest margin of victory in the series for either team and was also Omaha’s largest-ever defeat in league play since joining in 2020. Terzaghi and Bolanos extended their leads as the league’s leading scorer and assister, respectively. Terzaghi is now ahead by three goals in the golden boot race with 14 goals scored and Bolanos has two more assists than second-place with 9 assists.

The Kickers finish their current homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 7th when they host South Georgia Tormenta FC. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. A special in-stadium will begin when doors open at 5 p.m. and last until kickoff at 6:30 p.m. that includes $3 cans of Heineken and $8 wine. Tickets for the match are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation donates $50,000 toward playrooms at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play. 

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, has announced a donation of $50,000 to support the playrooms that will be a part of the Wonder Tower, the new inpatient pediatric hospital at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play.

“We’re here to support the children in the community, especially when they need us most,” said Bruce Tyler, Kiwanis Club of Richmond president. “Children in health care environments need areas where they can be children. Playing, having fun and using their imaginations while they receive care at CHoR.”

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond’s mission is to serve the children of Richmond and the world. That focus has led Richmond Kiwanians to be key drivers for progress in the community in its century of service to children. For over 100 years, Kiwanis and CHoR have remained closely connected and support has included hosting the beloved holiday party for the children at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus each year, providing properly fitted bike helmets to second graders in Richmond Public Schools and supporting a family lounge adjacent to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“Our relationship with the Kiwanis Club of Richmond has stood the test of time and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Lauren Moore, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This group is wholeheartedly in it for the kids and Richmond is fortunate to have such a thriving, generous Kiwanis chapter doing so much good for the community.”

This $50,000 gift is part of the Foundation’s annual grant program, where organizations whose missions align with Kiwanis are invited to apply for fundings for programs that benefit children in the Richmond area, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  In 2022, Kiwanis Richmond has awarded more than $60,000 to a diverse array of Richmond-area nonprofits.

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Library of Virginia helps Billy Porter discover his family history on July 10th episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

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Watch for Richmond and the Library of Virginia during the July 10 season opener of the genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?,” now back on NBC.

While exploring his Virginia roots in the episode, featured celebrity Billy Porter—the award-winning actor, singer, Broadway star, and author—traveled to Richmond on his family history quest and visited the Library of Virginia to see 19th-century records from the collections relating to his ancestors.

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

The episode premieres Sunday, July 10th at 7:00 PM on NBC. Episodes will stream on Peacock the following day.

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