Welcome! To learn more about the Center for Regional Citizenship's local initiatives, please choose an option from the left-hand menu, or read the short descriptions listed below.
American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen
1.3 million kids drop out of high school per year, costing our nation more than $100 billion annually in lost wages and taxes, plus the increased social costs due to crime and healthcare. American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. WHRO is working directly with the Hampton Roads’ community to generate understanding about the risk factors and what caring adults can do to help. Visit the website at americangraduate.whro.org to learn what you can do to help more students graduate.
Women, War & Peace
The five-part PBS mini-series premiering in October 2011 challenges conventional wisdom about war. Focusing its lens on women, the series urges us to ask: What if we looked at war as though women mattered? WHRO partnered with The College of William & Mary Law School Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Old Dominion University Women’s Studies Department, and Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services to extend public awareness and community action around the issues showcased in the film.
Healthy Habits for Hampton Roads
The Healthy Habits for Hampton Roads initiative aims to increase community awareness about the issue of obesity and overweight children and to empower citizens to work toward solutions individually and collectively. Childhood obesity has been a primary focus of our work, but the overall goals are to support efforts to create more healthy environments and encourage healthier lifestyles of all ages.
The Blueprint America's Livable Future: Local Solutions project focuses on local, state and federal efforts to implement transportation policies that create more equitable, convenient, greener, cleaner, and healthier communities.
Be There, Be Counted
Launched during the 2008 Election season, Be There, Be Counted is an initiative to encourage more informed and active participation in the political process, especially among young people. Be There, Be Counted continues to offer up-to-date information to support political participation.
The PBS NewsHour launched Patchwork Nation to explore what is happening in the United States by examining different kinds of communities and how they have evolved over time. WHRO in association with smartregion.org has joined the project to spotlight Hampton Roads, VA as a "Military Bastion."
The National Parks
In support of PBS and the Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, WHRO supported numerous activities to draw attention to this inspiring and breathtaking film and to engage the local community in the uniquely American story of preserving our natural environment and cultural history. The documentary premiered on WHRO TV 15 in September 2009.
In 2005 the Department of Defense and the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) ordered Fort Monroe closed by 2011 as a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. That same year, a state appointed Federal Area Development Authority (FADA) was created to study, plan and recommend the best use for the future of the property, and a passionate community discussion ensued.
The seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premiered in September 2007. The film tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of nearly 50 men and women from four quintessentially American towns. In support of the documentary, WHRO partnered with Old Dominion University Communication and Theatre Arts Department to capture stories from local WWII veterans and civilians who lived in Hampton Roads during the war.
Early Childhood Education
In November 2006 WHRO premiered "Wired for Life: Early Childhood Education." Produced by the Center in collaboration with community experts, the 30-minute documentary explores the importance of quality early care and education. Additional resources and tools are available on the web site.
HearSay Citizenship Series
The Center was launched in 2005 with an inaugural "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" series on regional citizenship. The series, which aired in August and September of 2005, examined what it means to be a citizen of Hampton Roads.