Regional Cooperation: Engaged, Active and Always Learning

All Henrico Reads
Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools and Friends of the Henrico County Public Library cosponsor this literary event each year in the spring, bringing a nationally recognized, award-winning author to meet with students during the day and the entire community in the evening to share insights and to speak about the book. Chesterfield County Public Schools and Chesterfield and Richmond public libraries promote the event which draws a regional audience.

Capital Area Library Directors Meetings
Library directors from Chesterfield, Henrico, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond and the Appomattox Regional and Pamunkey Regional systems collaborate on the implementation of library services, programs and policies.

Citie of Henricus
Henrico played a major role in the funding of the Citie of Henricus, including building and constructing of the park and access roads. In addition to Henrico’s continuing support, Chesterfield, the Henricus Foundation and other contributors provide assistance to support the park’s operation.

CodeRVA Regional High School
Opened in September 2017, CodeRVA Regional High School is a public high school serving students from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond and Sussex. Focused on computer science, the school offers the opportunity to complete high school requirements through a combination of online and face-to-face learning, integrated coursework and project-based learning. CodeRVA Regional High School provides students an opportunity to graduate with a Virginia high school diploma, an associate’s degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, industry certifications and paid internships in computer science fields.

Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA)
CCWA is the workforce development partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, custom-designed instruction, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs.

Explorer Post 608 (Police)
The Henrico Police Explorer Post cooperates with neighboring Explorer Posts to receive law-enforcement related training and to apply that training in regional competition events.

Explorer Post (Fire)
The Post works regionally to provide youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 opportunities to improve life skills and leadership while gaining insight into fire service careers. The group works with others in the region in training and leadership opportunities.

Friendship Café with Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging
Senior Connections’ Friendship Cafés are neighborhood gathering places for seniors where a nutritious midday meal is served. Senior adults enjoy meeting up with friends and participating in diverse activities to remain active and connected to the community. The Friendship Café is held at Deep Run Recreation Center.

Interlibrary Loan
Henrico County Public Library loans to and receives materials from libraries throughout the region and state.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
College programs are supported in part by Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Powhatan and Richmond.

James River Parade of Lights
The Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond recreation and parks agencies, the James River Advisory Council and local marinas work with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to hold an annual holiday lighted boat parade and activities at various landings along the river.

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV)
Henrico and JACV have a multi-year agreement to operate the JA Finance Park on the third floor of Libbie Mill Library. The JA Finance Park program is a 13-week classroom program that teaches students about financial literacy. The program culminates with a field trip to the JA Finance Park, where students apply the classroom learning by managing a budget based on hypothetical scenarios. JACV works with the public-school systems in Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Richmond to offer the program to all 10th graders. Additionally, JACV works with other public and private schools throughout central Virginia. Henrico’s partnership with JACV will allow the program to grow and serve more students in the region.

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
Henrico participates in a regionally supported school for talented and gifted high school students from Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King and Queen, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, Richmond and West Point. Oversight for the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School is provided by a superintendent and board member from the participating localities.

MathScience Innovation Center
This joint educational learning center between the Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George and Richmond school divisions has provided leadership, support and exemplary programs in mathematics, science and technology for students and teachers grades K-12. The center serves more than 123,000 students through weekday programs, teaches more than 4,000 students through Saturday and summer programs and provides 1,800 educators with professional development opportunities.

Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC)
MERC is a partnership of Virginia Commonwealth University and Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Powhatan and Richmond school divisions. MERC’s members develop research ideas related to education and select projects of the most interest to the region. Findings are disseminated to facilitate local decision-making and program development.

Metropolitan Educational Training Alliance
This partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond public school systems supports professional growth and development opportunities for teachers. Major initiatives include National Board Certification of teachers, teacher leader development and the VCU Clinical Faculty Program.

Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers
Chesterfield, Henrico, and Richmond are members of Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers, which promotes sporting events and related activities in the area.

Reciprocal Library Borrowing Policy
Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond and Pamunkey Regional libraries have a reciprocal borrowing agreement that allows residents to use library facilities in each jurisdiction without charge.

Region 1 Autism Education Consortium
The Region 1 Autism Education Consortium for schools in Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond, Surry and Sussex supports improved programming for students with autism. Virginia Commonwealth University partners with Region 1 schools to provide information on research in the field of autism. The group provides staff development opportunities and shares resources among the member school divisions.

Regional 4-H Youth Education
4-H agents provide research-based, hands-on educational programming to youth focusing on the areas of leadership, citizenship, and life skill development through in-school programs, after- school programs, community clubs and camping.

Regional Behavioral Skills Training
Family and consumer sciences agents provide training for professional and support staffs of government and nonprofit agencies in financial management, nutrition, wellness and child development topics.

Regional Volunteer Training
Extension agents cooperatively provide training for volunteers who assist with planning, implementing and evaluating Extension programs. Examples include 4-H Youth Development volunteers, who provide supervision and educational activities at residential camps and conferences, judge contests and conduct programs, and Master Financial Education and Master Food Volunteers, who support family financial and nutrition education programs.

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond
Comprised of local government and public school officials, higher education leaders, business leaders, service providers and community organizations, the council leads Smart Beginnings in mobilizing the community to affect change in and support of early childhood development and school readiness efforts.

Special Olympics
Recreation and parks agencies from Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Richmond and West Point participate in Special Olympics activities for those with developmental disabilities. Area law enforcement agencies take part in the Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Sportable-Richmond Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Sportable provides recreation and sports opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities in the Richmond area. Chesterfield and Henrico recreation and parks agencies are partners in this program with other organizations.

Theater Equipment & Supplies
The recreation and parks agencies of Henrico and Richmond exchange supplies, costumes and props for use at Dogwood Dell and other facilities.

Tournaments
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond work cooperatively to bring youth sports tournaments such as the Jefferson Cup, International Senior Softball World Championships and the Capital Cup to the region. These efforts have established the metropolitan area as the site of numerous youth and adult tournaments.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Autism Center for Excellence
Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and Richmond Public Schools (RPS) participate in the VCU Autism Center for Excellence. This program imbeds public school staff with expertise in autism and program development to create and sustain high quality programs for students with autism. HCPS and RPS also serve as demonstration sites for regional divisions for dissemination of best practices in autism education.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond financially supported the establishment of a school of engineering at VCU. Henrico’s Economic Development Authority and VCU implemented a program that awards scholarships to qualified Henrico high school students who attend VCU’s School of Engineering.

Virginia Senior Games
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks works with the Virginia Recreation and Park Society to organize and implement sports and games for senior adults when the event is held in Henrico. Henrico Recreation and Parks also works with local recreation departments when the event is held in the Richmond area.

Youth Athletic Leagues
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond provide playing fields for groups such as the Richmond Strikers Youth Soccer Club, Metropolitan Youth Football League, and Little League and Babe Ruth baseball/softball associations.