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Legacy Chess Academy serves youth in Richmond and is aiming to serve more schools and organizations in the surrounding region. (Photos by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)

In a Henderson Middle School classroom, dozens of Richmond children between the ages of 12 and 14 are paired off, each huddled over chess boards and playing intensely.

“Chess helps me think,” says Avery White, 12, a student at Falling Creek Middle School. “It’s a very patient game. It helps you think a few steps forward because if you make a wrong move, your opponent can get an advantage on you.”

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The Very Social Work of Policing - Richmond Police Department programs invest in the future of local youth (Photo by Jay Paul)

Kyle Jacobs had a bias against anyone connected with law enforcement.

His adversarial relationship with police began when he was about 13. His old neighborhood in North Philadelphia was notorious for crime and violence, and he says that whenever police responded to calls for help, they tended to be overly aggressive toward perpetrators and bystanders.

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Using art to transform juvenile justice system

To transform the juvenile justice system, Mark Strandquist, who graduated in 2013 with a major in photography and film from the VCU School of the Arts and a minor in sociology, created Performing Statistics, a project that connects incarcerated children and teens with artists, designers, educators and Virginia’s leading policy advocates to help tell their story and give it a human face.

The Richmond Police Department was pleased to participate.

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Congrats to the 2016 NFL FLAG SUPER PAL BOWL IV CHAMPIONS

Congrats to the 2016 NFL FLAG SUPER PAL BOWL IV CHAMPIONS: Lucille Brown Redskins, who defeated Thompson Elkhardt Panthers 18-16 last Saturday.

The game was very exciting and came down to a failed two point conversion.

Special thanks to Officers Virgil Burton, Wayne Cole, Keir Hinton, Ron May, Joy Norwood, Junie Harrison , Willie Ruffin, Trishonda Chasteen ,VCU Officer Cecil Powell and Mr. Donald Cook.

Your effort and leadership has touched many.

This year every Richmond Middle School participated and the competition was tremendous.

Step Into My Shoes: What Police Learn from Incarcerated Youth

Step Into My Shoes: What Police Learn from Incarcerated Youth - Part 1

A group of recruits gathers in the center of the room, where there’s a replica of a cell. It’s six feet wide, eight feet long and eight feet tall. They look at the floor’s planks, where youth wood-burned messages to people on the outside. “Step into my shoes,” they wrote, “feel my pain and struggle.” “Imagine you can see barbed wire from your window, imagine you can hear kids crying, screaming.” “Know that I wish I was home, know that I’m scared.”

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Community Unites to Address School to Prison Pipeline

Step Into My Shoes: What Police Learn from Incarcerated Youth - Part 2

Richmond’s police chief shares a vision with local artists and legal advocates. Together, they’re working to reverse high rates of student arrests and provide more opportunities for young people.

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The Richmond PAL lacrosse league started in 2004 with about 30 kids participating. To date there are about 200 boys and girls registered in the winter league for 2016. It is a major fundraiser for PAL usually generating around $15,000 to help with summer camp expenses. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States and our numbers have grown tremendously over the years.
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Richmond Young Adult Police Commission president, Trei Young (left), and vice-president, De'Shawn Edwards. Both are seniors at Armstrong High School.....click to read more
(Photo courtesy Trei Young)

The first meeting of this school year’s Richmond Young Adult Police Commission takes place on the Virginia Union University campus, in a police academy classroom dominated by a large projector screen and a constellation of Richmond Police Department brass.
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Mosby Court Harvest Festival - October 31, 2015...click to view

Mosby Court Harvest Festival
October 31, 2015

PAL Fall Lacrosse Camp, October 5 - November 23, 2015...click to view

PAL Fall Lacrosse Camp
October 5 - November 23, 2015

Various PAL 2015 pictures...click to view

PAL 2015 Pictures

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