Embrace Stories and News

Embrace EDU: A Chesterfield Approach Update #1

In the fall of 2018, with the support provided by The Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Fund, Embrace launched the Empowered Communities Institute.  From September 2018 to May 2019, over 300 individuals from 47 organizations participated in training sessions offered through the Empowered Communities…

It's a New Year & We Have A New Name!

In 2005, when our founding board was established, we chose to incorporate simply as "Embrace" because our dream was that one day we might expand beyond Richmond.  For the past 15 years, we have been doing business as "Embrace Richmond" and our impact was largely limited local communities. Over the…

Ladies Take the Lead in Hillside Court

If you think your holidays were busy, wait until you hear about the actions of several young women in Hillside Court on the Southside of RVA. Meet Taliayah and Alonshay, youth apprentice-extraordinaires who always find time – between high school, sports, family, and being teenagers – to serve…

Student-Led Listening: Strengthening our Schools in Partnership with CIS Chesterfield

In December, just before the holidays, I had the pleasure of participating in a “Bus Tour” hosted by (CIS) Communities in Schools Chesterfield. Even with the chilly weather and lingering snow, Chesterfield County and Richmond City nonprofits, parents and government officials were well represented.…

Learning Cohorts: The Power of Peer to Peer Groups

For years, I was the only asset-based community development practitioner in my region. It was a lonely experience. In 2016, I launched Embrace's first Regional Learning Cohort. This grew out of a desire to support leaders who were applying ABCD in their own neighborhoods across the region. Every…