RVA Youth Development Network

The RVA Youth Development Network (YDN) brings together people who are working in the Out-of-School Time, youth development and education fields for networking, relationship building and shared learning. The network is a collaborative effort of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, NextUp RVA, YMCA of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and the Mary and Frances Youth Center at VCU.

RVA Youth Development Network Planning Team

  • Frank Cardella, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
  • Barbara Couto-Sipe, NextUp RVA
  • Angela Taylor, YMCA of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
  • Tina Carter, Mary and Frances Youth Center at VCU

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The group meets quarterly, typically on the first or second Wednesday of the designated months, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 12, 2019, and the topic of conversation will be announced soon.

Spring 2019 Recap:

Our last meeting was March 14 and featured a workshop on Working with Youth with Autism presented by Elizabeth Redford from The Next Move Program.

Working with Youth with Autism

Elizabeth Redford with The Next Move Program

Elizabeth Redford, M.A. Ed., is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Next Move Program. She has worked in the field of Special Education for the last 9 years – spending half of that time in a traditional school setting and the other half within Transition. She was named the 2017 Change Agent of the Year by Chamber RVA and a member of the 2018 Top 40 Under 40 list by Style Weekly. In addition to leading Next Move, she is a speaker, consultant, advocate and curriculum developer.

Paperclips in Rice is a crash course on working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for out-of-school educators and service providers. The presentation will delve into the diagnostic criteria associated with ASD and its broader category of Developmental Disability, the associated characteristics of ASD (and how to identify them) and take away tips on how to best support a child with ASD in an educational or community environment.