For youth programs ages 10-14, Podium partners with Boys & Girls Club of Richmond, Higher Achievement, NextUpRVA, and The YMCA to offer youth workshops that show the value of writing and self expression in the modern world.
Programs such as Project Write Now! and The Teen Scene promote wellness, self expression, identity, and confidence through focused and fun workshops. There, youth discuss ideas about identity, culture, and community while also learning the basics of several writing forms.
Similarly, The Weekly Word expands a love of writing and communication by growing confidence with journalism and broadcasting
Healthy Communications for English Language Learners creates a space for those learning English to express and process experiences in both English and their native languages and to build healthy communication practices. This programs can also serve those who use English as their primary language, with a focus on community building and healthy communication.
The STEAM Machine takes an active approach to expanding writing and communications skills while exploring topics of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
All of these programs meet on-site at middle schools and youth community centers through Richmond. Through these programs, youth have a chance to be published in a number of semi-annual ‘zines and yearly journals that are distributed within program sites and the city!