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Lindsey Strachan has been a valuable part of SCAN’s Board of Young Professionals since 2016. We are excited and grateful to have her passion, kindness, and leadership as she takes on the role of BYP Vice-Chair this coming year!
How did you first get involved with SCAN?
A few years ago, I began looking for ways to get more involved in local community groups and charitable organizations, which led me to join SCAN’s Board of Young Professionals in 2016. After growing up in the Richmond area, I returned to the city after school to begin my career, and in the process of re-establishing myself here, I became motivated to give back more actively to the community I’ve called home almost my entire life. I’ve always been passionate about children, and I came across SCAN and the BYP while researching local organizations benefitting Richmond’s youth. I knew very little about SCAN at that point – I had heard of the CASA program and had seen the blue pinwheels around the city during Child Abuse Prevention Month – but after researching and learning about SCAN, its mission, and programs, I knew I had to get involved. So, I joined the BYP a little more than three years ago, it’s been a fantastic experience ever since.
What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for children and their wellbeing – I grew up coaching and teaching swim lessons to Richmond area kids, I earned my PK-6 teaching license in college, I worked and interned for the U.S. Senate’s education committee and the Virginia Commission on Youth, and in law school I worked in an education rights clinic providing pro bono legal assistance to Richmond area students and their families. Because my day to day job now does not give me the opportunity to work with children, SCAN’s BYP fills that void and allows me to continue serving my community’s families and children in a meaningful way. I believe in SCAN’s mission and programs, and I feel lucky to be able to play small role in support of SCAN.
What inspires you to stay involved with your work at SCAN?
The people I’ve met! From the other BYP members, the Board of Directors, SCAN’s staff, and of course, the community served by SCAN, everyone I’ve met through my experience on the BYP has inspired my continued involvement with SCAN. SCAN has a unique way of attracting passionate and energetic people, and that energy is both contagious and inspiring. There’s just good work being done at SCAN by good people. I didn’t know anyone at SCAN or on the BYP when I first joined, but I am really grateful that I’ve been able to build this network of people similarly passionate about Richmond area children.
Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
Maybe the extent of programming SCAN offers, or how multifaceted the programming is. I think it may be easy to hear “Stop Child Abuse Now” and understand the core mission and purpose of SCAN, but knowing the extent of programming implemented – like the 5 core programs – to achieve that mission is something that impressed me as I became more familiar with SCAN, and something I expect would impress other people, too.
What has been the best experience with SCAN so far?
Hands-down, the Santa Shop. Not only does the opportunity to interact directly with the families SCAN serves set the Santa Shop apart, but there’s something about the holiday cheer of the event that makes it one of the most worthwhile events I’ve participated in and a highlight of my year.
Do you have any goals or hopes for the next year with SCAN?
I am stepping up into the Vice Chair role on the BYP this year, and I am looking forward to increasing my involvement and taking more active role both on the BYP and within SCAN. I am excited to continue supporting SCAN’s mission, and I hope to learn more about the organization so that I can be a better advocate for it.
Are you involved with any other community organizations, hobbies, or activities?
I enjoy traveling, cooking, yoga, game nights with my friends, attending concerts and shows, and, like all Richmonders, exploring Richmond’s fabulous restaurant scene. I am also a member of the Children’s Home Society Junior Board, part of the W&L Alumni Board of Directors, and on the Richmond Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section Executive Committee. My favorite activity, though, has to be spending time with my sister, who lives just a few blocks from me in the Fan.