Meet SCAN Board Member Tyee Mallory
Tyee joined the SCAN Board in 2018 and has been an incredible part of SCAN since then. Her expertise, passion, and insight into issues such as policy and marketing have been invaluable to the success of SCAN.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN? 
As a political professional and community leader, I am privileged to work in a very unique space where government, policy, and politics intersect. I look at the work that GRSCAN does from a policy lens and how government and laws can make a difference in the lives of children and families. Child welfare and family support is such an important part of a community. It is my personal mission to support families (especially women and girls) in my professional and private work. 

What inspires you to stay involved with SCAN? 
With the pandemic, closed schools and the financial crisis, now more than ever, families need support and guidance. The work we do here at GRSCAN is vitally important to fill in the gaps when regular family structures fail. I want to provide guidance and perspective to the board, as well as fundraising support and exposure to the community. 

Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
SCAN has an amazing portfolio of programs. SCAN’s programs provide the support, treatment, and education needed to help build safe, stable, nurturing homes for children and to lessen the negative impact family violence and trauma has on victims, families, and the community at large. The five programs include: The Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), The Family Support Program, Community Programs, Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Circle Preschool Program.

What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
My life has been forever changed and enlightened after I learned about the Adverse Childhood Experience screening (ACE SCORE). A part of the on-boarding and training process to be a GRSCAN board member, each member has to watch a documentary Resilience that explores adverse childhood experiences. I never knew about this before and I was fascinated by it and the screening itself. I hope more people will learn about the ACE screening and take it for themselves. You can find more information about ACES and the ACES screening on the SCAN website.

Is there anything else you'd like to share? 
The importance of diversity and why women and people of color should volunteer and serve on boards of community organizations. 

I want to encourage women and people of color to volunteer and serve with community organizations. We want to be present and in the room when decisions are being made about our communities. Due to our backgrounds, some of us may feel we don't have the educational or professional experience to serve on a board. I believe that by showing up, sharing your experiences and being active in the decision making process will bring a perspective to an organization that may not have ever been considered. Lived experience matters. 

Child Advocacy Center Trauma Focused Treatment Therapists Adapt to the Pandemic
In March 2020, SCAN’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC) staff quickly adapted the Trauma Focused Treatment (TFT) therapy program to offer telehealth through virtual platforms. Staff began virtual services immediately in order to maintain contact with the children and families that come to the CAC for ongoing services. Many of our families were (and still are) experiencing significant anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grief and loss related to closures of schools and businesses and continued challenges with trauma-related symptoms. 

At this time, some families have begun returning for in-person therapy services. This has been especially necessary with young children who engage better in services in person. Our staff continue to offer virtual therapy for those that feel more comfortable
remaining at home.

The TFT Services Coordinator, Lisa Wright, created virtual therapy rooms to enhance telehealth service delivery. These virtual spaces provide an engaging platform and allow for clients to choose from a variety of options and activities related to trauma-focused therapy. The rooms start with a greeting, feelings check in and mindful moment then transitions to a play therapy room with options to use an online sandtray, dollhouse, interactive games and also have links to different rooms. The additional rooms are: a library, zen den, art studio, teen space and a caregiver corner. We also have series of rooms for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that include information about trauma, coping skills, relaxation, managing feelings, ways to enhance safety and sharing of the trauma narrative.  
SCAN Virtual Cooking Demo Chef Series
Thank you to Chef Mike Ledesma of Perch and InstaBowl and Chef Dale Reitzer of Acacia for hosting virtual cooking demonstrations in January and February to benefit SCAN. A special thank you to their teams that helped make this possible. We are also grateful to Robey Martin for hosting both events!

Save the date for our next Virtual Cooking Demo on March 21 with
Chef Mike Lindsey of Lillie Pearl.
More details and ticket information to come soon!
Mark your calendar for the second annual Resilience Week VA on May 2 - 8, 2021. During this week, led by Greater Richmond SCAN, Trauma Informed Community Networks and partners across Virginia will by hosting activities and events in an effort to build Resilience for all Virginians!

Stay tuned for more details.

Virtual Caregiver Advocacy Series Returns

SCAN's Virtual Caregiver Advocacy Series, led by Behavioral Health Community Organizer Tamika Daniel, discusses how caregivers can advocate for themselves, their children, and for systemic change.

Past conversations have included Advocating for Yourself, Advocacy and Mental Health, and Advocacy and Education. You can find past recordings on the SCAN YouTube channel. The Caregiver Advocacy Series
will return on March 10.
Plant a Pinwheel Garden this April in honor of
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Celebrate SCAN's 30th anniversary this April by planting a pinwheel garden of 30 pinwheels in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Join families, businesses, organizations, churches, and schools in celebrating healthy, happy childhoods by planting a pinwheel garden this April.

Contact Kasey Brach for more information.
Thank you to Ashby for choosing SCAN as their nonprofit of the month in January and donating to support SCAN's services!

We are grateful to the Child Protection Center team at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for their donation of 72 newborn sleep sacks for SCAN families!
Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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