Challenge Discovery Projects is committed to improving the emotional health and well-being of at-risk children and their families in Greater Richmond
through programs that promote self-worth and positive, healthy relationships.
Challenge Discovery Projects is committed to improving
the emotional health and well being of at-risk children and their families in
the Greater Richmond area. Challenge Discovery Projects supports its mission by
providing school-based and community programs for youth that address emotional
health, bullying, violence, and substance abuse. In addition, Challenge
Discovery Projects offers emotional health, family support and substance abuse
counseling to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our services are provided regardless of a client’s ability to pay. We serve over 1,600 youth
and adults annually and have served over 31,000 people since 1980.
Say It With Heart
Virginia Health Center
Virginia Health Center is an adolescent substance abuse outpatient clinic located in Richmond’s East End. The Virginia Health Center provides counseling services for at-risk youth and families.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services (DHHCCS) began with the concept of providing comprehensive outpatient emotional health services, accessible to persons who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families. The licensed program has been administered since 1981 by Challenge Discovery Projects. Professionals are trained in the psychosocial aspects of deafness and are fluent in American Sign Language.
Discovery Projects, a Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was
founded in 1980. Challenge Discovery Projects supports its mission by providing
school-based and community programs for at-risk youth that address emotional
health, bullying, violence, and substance abuse.
Dr. Hawley has been the Clinical Director for Challenge
Discovery Projects since its inception in 1980. Dr. Hawley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience in psychotherapy and organizational consultation. He is a past president of the Board of
Health Professionals and Social Workers.
Discovery Projects relies strongly on its relationship with Community in
Schools, Richmond Public Schools,
21st Century, the Richmond School Board and school administrators. It also has strong
relationships with faith based and public agencies to promote comprehensive
services and coordination of care. These agencies include the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, East End Family Resource Center, East End Partnership with Families, Community Hospital, St.
Stephen’s Church and the 13th District Juvenile Justice System.
Say It With Heart is a school-based bullying prevention program designed for grades k-12. The program encourages positive self-image, respectful communication, healthy relationships and strong connections in the school community. Say it With Heart places trained instructors in schools where they teach interpersonal skills to students, teachers, and parents. In addition to its work with youth, Say it With Heart also supports parent and teacher education to foster respectful and responsible means of communicating and resolving conflicts with children.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services is staffed with counselors who are fluent in American Sign Language. These specialized therapist provide counseling services to those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and are dealing with emotional health and/or substance abuse issues.
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