Through Family and Consumer Sciences programs, such as Family Strengthening and Workforce Development Education and Support services are provided to families in the general population, as well as those referred by agencies such as Department of Social Services, CHIP of Greater Richmond,   Richmond Public Schools, and Greater Richmond SCAN/FAM. Moreover, support services are offered to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.   


Monthly Programming

Workshops for Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority  Residents

  • Financial Sessions
  • On the following Thursdays at 10:00
  • 2/28, 3/21, 4/25, 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, 8/29, 9/26, 10/24, 11/21 and 12/12
  • Renter's Education 
  • The rental process, responsibilities of tenant and landlord, credit and spending plan (budget), becoming a market rate renter and preparing to ultimately become a homebuyer

    On the following Tuesdays at 10:00

2/26, 3/26, 4/30, 5/21, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29, 11/26 and 12/10

        Good Housekeeping Skills

            *    Helps with allergens

            *    keeps away pests

            *    teaches children responsibility

            *    helps to take pride in your home

            *    helps to eliminate clutter

            *    It is a reflection of YOU!

offered at 10:00 on the following dates:  Thursday, March 14th, Thursday, June 13th  and Thursday September 12th 

All classes offered at the Calhoun Community Center, 436 Calhoun Street.  Call 804-786-4866 to register 

Family Nutrition Program                                                                      

  • Promotes Healthy Habits 
  • Healthy Eating 
  • Physical Activity 
  • Diet Related Disease Prevention
  • Food Preparation Skills 
  • Experiential Learning 
  • Family Resources

This educational program targets elementary, middle and high school youth.

Urban Gardening

  • Virginia teachers found that 78% currently use or would like to use horticulture as a tool to increase hands-on learning across the curriculum
  • Provides youth with a sense of accomplishment and responsibility while teaching the SOLs: science, math and writing
  • The 4-H Urban Garden program is a container gardening program
  • A collaborative partnership with Richmond Public Schools, Local Churches, Parks and Recreation and other educational organizations
  • Horticulture as an interdisciplinary teaching tool

This educational program promotes project development, life skills, and experiential learning.  Significantly, it  provides creative learning opportunities for youth while supporting the Standards of Learning.

Character Education

“Character Counts!” is a framework designed to meet and address the challenges that our youth face  today with their character development.  “Character Counts!” is an approach that translates six pillars of  character:

  • Trustworthiness
  •  Respect
  •  Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring 
  • Citizenship

Surveys of school administrators have shown decrease in problematic behaviors during school hours after implementing the program.

4-H Junior Camp

  • Fun
  • Exciting 
  • Inclusive 
  • Diverse
  • Engages Youth in Positive Relationship
  • Promotes Volunteerism
  • Promotes Interdependence 
  • Teaches Responsibility 
  • Provides Opportunity to Engage in Decision Making and Making Choices 
  • Enhance Social  and Leadership Skills 
  • Promotes Self Efficacy and Self Respect

4-H camp emphasizes experiential, hands-on learning (“learn by doing”). Instructors are trained to actively engage and empower youth in their learning experiences. 4-H camping exposes youth to new people, new places, and new ideas. At 4-H camp, youth  involved in unique educational experiences with other youth from different parts of Virginia. Through 4-H camping, youth are able to discover talents and strengths that give them encouragement and hope for future success.

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

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