Covering Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, Lincolnia, and Seven Corners in Fairfax County, Virginia

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ program will shine a light on teens’ risky behavior

A “Hidden in Plain Sight” program, scheduled for Jan. 8 at Annandale High School, could help save a youth’s life. The program, hosted by the PTSA and presented by Fairfax County Police officers, will advise parents and others who work with teens to recognize red flags indicating risky behavior, such as drug and alcohol use, … Continued

Nonprofit for foster kids moves to Annandale

UMFS, a statewide nonprofit that provides services to at-risk children, relocated its Northern Virginia office last week to a space inside the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike. The organization helps find foster parents for children who’ve been removed from their birth parents, trains foster parents to help children who’ve experienced trauma, and helps … Continued

Students invited to join the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply for the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute, a program of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The institute focuses on volunteer service, environmental stewardship, and leadership. It runs from October to June. Participating students will develop and implement a project of their choosing with assistance … Continued

Join the Teen Chopped Challenge

The Fairfax County Public Library invites youths age 12-18 to show off their culinary skills by entering the Teen Chopped Challenge. To enter the contest, create an original recipe using three “mystery ingredients”: one can of black beans, one box of Jiffy corn mix, and one packet of Swiss Miss dark chocolate hot cocoa mix. … Continued

Justice scholarship fund aids 84 graduates

Eighty-four Justice High School students who graduated last week received a total of $353,000 in college scholarship money from the Justice High School Scholarship Fund (JHSSF) and its partners. The JHSSF provides needs-based scholarships to Justice High School graduates who demonstrate a commitment to learning and becoming contributing members of their communities. The JHSSF awarded … Continued

New county program aids pregnant teens

The Fairfax County Department of Health launched a program in May called Stable Families, Thriving Futures to improve the health, educational, and socioeconomic outcomes for pregnant teens and mothers.   Stable Families will provide support to small groups of future mothers and fathers age 14-25. The program is aimed at helping them achieve their educational … Continued

Troop 150 celebrates 95th anniversary

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, grandparents, elected leaders, Boy Scout officials, and former scouts celebrated the 95th anniversary of Troop 150 on May 15. The event, at Annandale United Methodist Church (AUMC), included an Honor Court recognizing scouts’ achievements and an induction ceremony welcoming new scouts. Troop 150 is the oldest troop in Fairfax County … Continued