Current and Previous Award Winners

2017 Currents of Change Award Winners


CARES Clinic at VCU
Overall Winner, Exemplary Partnership - Student Initiated

Community Partners: Center for Healthy Hearts; CrossOver Healthcare Ministry; Health Brigade
VCU Partner: Department of Physical Therapy

Meeting a need in the community for physical therapy services that cannot be fully addressed by other free clinics in the city, the CARES Clinic was conceived, planned, developed and is now operated by students in VCU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The clinic provides services to uninsured patients in the Richmond metro area and provides students an opportunity to enhance clinical skill development through guided practice.


Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention
Exemplary Partnership in Research

Community Partners: Health Brigade; Nia Inc. of Greater Richmond
VCU Partners: Departments of Kinesiology & Health Sciences and Psychology; Wellness Resource Center

The Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention educates and trains African American young adults to serve as peer resources for accurate information on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, understanding the impact substance abuse has on sexual behavior, normalizing HIV testing and reducing the stigma of HIV. Since the project's inception, 452 young adults have been tested for HIV, 89 African American young adults have participated in a peer-led small group evidence-based intervention and eight African American young adults have been trained.


Hands Up Ministries with VCU ASPiRE
Exemplary Partnership in Outreach

Community Partner: Hands Up Ministries
VCU Partner: VCU ASPiRE

With the help of volunteers from VCU ASPiRE, Hands Up Ministries (HUM) fixes up houses in disrepair in Richmond's Highland Park neighborhood. HUM staff, clients and ASPiRE students work side-by-side with professional builders to ensure that houses are safe and affordable for residents. Since partnering with HUM in 2013, 252 ASPiRE students have served a total of 1,648 hours restoring 10 homes, providing affordable, long-term housing and a path to ownership for the families living in them.


Preparing Urban Educators
Exemplary Partnership in Teaching

Community Partner: Youth Life Foundation of Richmond
VCU Partner: Department of Teaching & Learning

Project Preparing Urban Educators through Community Engagement Partnerships provides VCU graduate students enrolled in the special education Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) program unique opportunities to engage in service-learning courses, providing mentorship, teaching and reading interventions to students at the Young Life Foundation (YLF) of Richmond. YLF serves students from low-income neighborhoods through after-school and summer programs offered in four learning centers throughout Richmond. This partnership attempts to improve the educational performance of students who are at risk for school failure, through research-based interventions using the educational service-learning activities in the RTR program.


View the Currents of Change Overall Winners 2005-17 (PDF).