Proclamation in the House of Delegates Regarding Policy Pathways
The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn, member of the Virginia House of Delegates (70th District), delivered a proclamation of Policy Pathways’ merits on Friday, June 17, 2022 at a Special Session of the General Assembly. Delegate McQuinn was moved to dispense the honor after witnessing the work of Policy Pathways since its inception in 2019. She was particularly moved by students who presented during the 2022 Richmond Public Schools Virtual Capstone Showcase on June 23, 2022.
Scholars hailed from the credit-bearing Shaping our Future: Policy Pathways and REAL Richmond courses in five high schools. “I had the honor of celebrating 23 high school students who successfully completed these courses, which exemplified lasting understanding and dedication to providing policy-based solutions to issues we are currently taxed to address in the General Assembly,” Delegate McQuinn said.
“They focused on everything from topics of food insecurity, the criminal justice system and the racially discriminatory policy that we are dealing with across this nation. I ask today that we recognize them and the work they are doing to provide young people with college preparatory courses, recognize them for their work, and thank them for how they are leading young people to high levels of achievement.”
At the Capstone Showcase, Policy Pathways and Richmond Public Schools celebrated the accomplishments and knowledge of a memorable group of high school students. Keynote Speaker of the event, Mr. Tramelle Howard, J.D., Louisiana State Director of The Education Trust, inspired students before they presented their Capstone projects to an assembly of teachers, faculty, staff, school board members, and community members.
Delegate McQuinn further honored Policy Pathways founding President and CEO, Dr. D. Pulane Lucas, citing her as “the embodiment of excellence” with an “entrepreneurial, innovative spirit, dedicated interests and expertise in public policy, and commitment to youth development and equity policy in education. She is continually building a remarkable legacy that will span generations.”