Christina EdwardsIn her first year as a member of SCAN’s Board of Young Professionals (BYP), Christina Edwards has been heavily involved in all efforts of the BYP. As part of the Fundraising Committee, Christina supported the BYP’s signature fundraiser, the Blue & White Ball. The Blue & White Ball raised over $33,000 of unrestricted funds for SCAN’s programs. One of the most important avenues to raise money during the event was the silent auction, which Christina helped spearhead.

“I have really enjoyed meeting everyone on the BYP,” said Christina. “Even more, I have enjoyed seeing and experiencing the important work of SCAN in our community. My favorite experience as a member of the BYP was volunteering during Santa Shop.”

Santa Shop is a program focused event planned each year by the BYP, which benefits the families and children of SCAN during the holidays. BYP members organize toy drives, and decorate donated office space at the James Center to create a wonderful evening for parents and guardians to “shop” for toys for their children. While parents shop, children enjoy holiday crafts, movies, and pictures with Santa.

“During Santa Shop, you work directly with the children and families that benefit from SCAN’s programs,” said Christina. “Seeing the joy on their faces and knowing we helped a family in need has been the highlight of my experience with the BYP.”

Christina is a corporate attorney at Williams Mullen, where she assists clients with general business matters, including entity formation, raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. “As an attorney, I have enjoyed learning about the role of Richmond CASA in supporting and advocating for juveniles within the court system,” said Christina.

“It’s easy to explain the important work SCAN performs in our community and to share my experiences as a member of the BYP,” said Christina. “For example, there is so much to say about the success of the Circle Preschool and how it is positively impacting the lives of children in our community. During the available tours at the Child Advocacy Center, you see how the staff holds play therapy, and where crucial forensic interviews take place.”

All BYP members are required to complete two trainings: Stewards of Children and Trauma 101. Both are integral to increase awareness of and knowledge about child abuse and neglect.

“Participating in the required trainings, Stewards of Children and Trauma 101, is a challenging emotional process, but it is very impactful,” said Christina. “It broadens your understanding of the signs, symptoms and treatment of child abuse.”

SCAN greatly appreciates Christina’s dedication, and the continued support of SCAN’s BYP members.

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