Amanda Lynch Brings Trauma-Informed Expertise to Out-of-School Time
Amanda Lynch, MA, CTP-E recently began as SCAN’s Trauma-Informed Specialist embedded in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. Through this unique partnership between SCAN and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, she is the first Trauma-Informed Specialist embedded within an out-of-school time setting in our area. We are thrilled to have her experience, expertise and positivity on board at SCAN as we launch this new initiative.

What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?

I began working as a Special Education teacher in Richmond Public Schools in 2003. As a native of Glen Allen, I was very naïve to the poverty and trauma that plagued many of my students and their families. I sought out more information about substance use disorder, cultural responsiveness, and historical trauma as I navigated the systems and resources that could best support my students both in and outside of the classroom. For nearly twenty years, I worked in a variety of capacities in public education, and briefly in correctional education, and always made center to my teaching, my student’s social emotional learning needs. This became hallmark to my classroom instruction. It wasn’t until 2006 when my best friend, Angel J. Jackson, and her father, Herbert Sharpe, Sr., were brutally murdered that I truly understood how deeply trauma could impact an individual and their family. This single event changed the trajectory of my career and I began to delve deeper into mindfulness and trauma informed practices. I have since released two books, The Mindfulness Room and Breathe, Baby, Breathe: An ABC Guide to Mindfulness , which both serve as guides for teachers and parents in helping students to develop mindful practices. I hope to release Circle Up: A Kids Guide to Restorative Practices and Think, Baby, Think: An ABC Guide to Restorative Practice s this spring, which will introduce the power of restorative practices, forgiveness and healing to young children.

What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN?

My husband, children, my community, and the memory of my best friend encourage me to stay involved with my work with SCAN. I truly believe that we are not defined by our traumas and one caring adult can change the course of a child’s life.

Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?

I wish that more people knew the power of community building that is woven throughout the mission of SCAN. A major part of our work is building healthy communities. 

2020 Blue and White Ball Next Week
Blue and White Ball
March 7, 2020

Join SCAN's Board of Young Professionals for the 2020 Blue & White Ball!

Held at the Science Museum of Virginia, this black tie optional event offers a night of dancing, refreshments, food, and fun. A live band, silent auction, and delicious selection of food and drink will ensure a fantastic event, and all for a good cause.

All proceeds benefit SCAN's mission to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect throughout the Greater Richmond area.

Tickets are now on sale! Get yours now at

Not able to make the event, but still want to get involved? Check the event website next week to bid on the auction or make a donation remotely!
Congratulations New Richmond CASA Volunteers!
Congratulations to the 12 new Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers that were sworn in at the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Courts on Thursday, February 20. We are thrilled for these new volunteers to join the Richmond CASA team and lend their voice to advocate for children.

Thank you!
Thank you to Blue Sky Insurance for their generous gift towards SCAN's mission to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in our community!

Thank you to the Hunter Charitable Trust for their recent grant and ongoing support of the Child Advocacy Centers.

We are so grateful to the employees at Magellan Health who recently donated 3 car loads full of snacks to the Child Advocacy Center!

SCAN Progressive Dinner and Auction
A special evening for SCAN at Shagbark

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a lovely evening at Shagbark Restaurant to benefit greater Richmond SCAN!

Thank you to Kim Frost Photography for taking gorgeous photos of the event. View all event photos online.
Save the Date
10% off for customers and 10% of sales that day will support SCAN!
306 Libbie Avenue
April 9, 2020
10am - 6pm

Thursday, March 7
A percentage of sales will be donated to SCAN
Save the Date for May 2, 2020

Join us for conversations and education on parenting and how to nurture your family’s resilience. All families are welcome. This conference is designed for anyone serving in a caregiver role to children.

Details and registration info to come soon!
Intro to Trauma and Resilience Training
April 15, 2020
9am - 12noon

Join SCAN and the Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network for Intro to Trauma and Resilience Training.

This is an introductory training on understanding the impact of trauma and strategies to build individual and community resilience.

Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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