Maintaining Youth Connections during the Pandemic

RSCL Youth Connections program
RSCL Youth Connections program

It has been quite different with the pandemic as we are unable to share food, but we can still share stories and the love, joy and challenges food has to offer. At YC, our relationships with food are unique to each individual – even with the pandemic, some things remain the same.

RSCL Youth Connections program
RSCL Youth Connections program

We continue to bond over food through the good and bad. Though we do miss the days when we could have popcorn & movie nights, dine-out days with the youth, potlucks, BBQ’s and staff dinners…hopefully as things slowly get better, we’ll be able to allow food to bring us all even closer once again! 


Richmond Society for Community Living

This story is part of a collaboration with Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL), Richmond’s largest non-profit social service organization that provides “exceptional programs and services for infants with special needs, children and adults with developmental disabilities…RSCL also helps family members access programs and services, ensuring quality of care throughout the lifespan of the individual supported.”

Youth Connections is an innovative, licensed, out-of-school program designed exclusively for young people with developmental disabilities. Youth Connections operates after school on weekdays during the school year and for full days during the spring, summer and winter breaks; offering school-aged children and teens the opportunity for social interaction and recreation in a fun and safe environment.

Youth Connections allows participants to expand their independence skills and improve overall quality of life through therapeutic recreation. Recreational opportunities provide participants the opportunity to build peer relations, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.