Ms. Shaw is lifetime resident of Richmond’s Southside, member of the Oak Grove / Bellemeade Green Team, and member of the ARCA program.
Alyasia at a Glance
Oak Grove / Bellemeade
Years in Neighborhood
Role with RVA Thrives
Co-crafted / Member of ARCA (Art, Reconciliation, and Civic Advocacy)
For this community to thrive, for me, I would say that it's already thriving, but it could grow more. We could excel more, within not only our economics viewpoints, but our social standpoint as well. We can have more city and peer connections across the river.
We have to influence them, and let them know that there's more out there.
It's just the fact that we've only had an outreach to some community members. We have to influence them, and let them know that there's more out there. Most of our elders and adults haven't actually talked to any important people across the bridge. Basically, they just think, well, there's people over there who are in charge of everything we do, but it's like we have it embedded in their head that they still have a voice, that they still have representation across the river.