In Blog, STAY Chat

As we welcome this much needed warm weather, and hopefully brighter days, we would like to create space for a “collective exhale”. On Thursday, April 15th at 8 pm ET we are honored to be joined by Kristen Gardner Beal and Lance Lemon the founders of RichWine RVA who will lead us through a wine tasting as we relax and reflect on the year. Each wine tasting is $50 and the proceeds will help STAY RVA carry out our mission of supporting Richmond Public Schools through programs like Teacher & Staff Appreciation where we show a little love to the amazing educators and staff of RPS. General Admission tickets are also available for free for those who want to hang but not do a wine tasting. The deadline for purchasing wine tasting tickets is Tuesday, April 13th at 12 pm ET. If you can’t make it but still want to support STAY RVA you can make a monthly or one-time donation at, or you can donate through Venmo by sending donations to @stayrva. Thanks for your continued support and we hope you will join us on Thursday!

Wine Tasting packs will be available for pickup on April 14th. Location details will be emailed after purchase.





Supporting Together Area Youth RVA (STAY RVA) is a movement comprised of parents and neighbors who want to help Richmond’s local public schools thrive. We are a positive-minded, solution-oriented, action-based organization. We want you to be a part of STAY… STAY in the city, STAY committed, STAY open-minded. We want to build communities of support around every school and engage in honest conversations about why schools have not had the resources they need. We want to BECOME genuine community members who work to form relationships with all people.

Richmond is a dynamic city loved by many who call it home. We want to encourage people to STAY, put down roots, and get involved in their community by coming together in support of local schools. In order to be a first-class city, we must provide a first-class education for ALL students.

At the heart of who we are as a movement is a LOVE for humanity. There is a foundational belief that TOGETHER we can and should create a better way forward by supporting our local public schools.


What We Believe

  • We believe in the power of education and the limitless possibilities and potential for ALL children.
  • We know that the expertise and resources necessary to build a world-class school system exist in our community.
  • We recognize that racism plays a powerful part in the historic failure of our system to offer opportunity to children of color and that through building relationships in our communities and in our schools we can begin to dismantle the structural racism that continues to plague our community’s school system.
  • If a school is not “good enough” for my child then it is not good enough for anyone’s child and we are going to work to make sure that ALL schools are great for ALL of our kids.