Virtually Attending The HYPE ICONS Awards

103.7 Play radio hosts Melissa and Jack present the award show giveaways.
Earlier this month, ChamberRVA’s HYPE program hosted their annual Icons Awards Ceremony! Three of our Astyra internal office members tuned in to the Zoom meeting with a free meal and drink.
Carmen enjoyed hearing from keynote speaker, Rodney Robinson whose “speech was humorous yet very inspirational, engaging, and empowering.” He reminded her that, ‘sometimes you need to sit down to refocus!’
Vic loved the challenging trivia questions based on Richmond and its history. Although he didn’t have much luck getting to the top 5.
Tianna’s favorite part was the hilarious commentary other various speakers especially local radio hosts Melissa and Jack.
Overall, the event was well put together and highly entertaining!

Reinhart Guest House Visit 2019

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Ashley, Vivia, Brenna, Taylor, Shaila and James
Our Build-Your-Own Breakfast Sandwich Bar
Astyra hosted a staff volunteering day at the Bon Secours’ Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House in April!
The Reinhart House provides lodging for families of patients in the hospital for an extended period. Throughout their stay, various volunteers offer to come and cook a meal for the families to help ease some of their stress.
Astyra has volunteered every year for the Reinhart House since 2014! Prior to this, our last visit was in August 2018. This time, the Astyra volunteer group decided to have a Build-Your-Own breakfast sandwich bar complete with various breads, meats and toppings.
This was Ashley and Shaila’s first time ever participating in a group volunteer experience with Astyra. Both ladies offered to help with everything including baking bacon, slicing avocados and washing dishes.
Ashley said she is excited for our next volunteering event!

National Kidney Foundation

Volunteers at the For Your Heart Women's Expo
The National Kidney Foundation hosted their annual For Your Heart Women’s Expo in February. 
Our Recruiting Assistant, Jody joined with other volunteers to help the organization hand out surveys. The questionnaires assess attendants health and offer advice on how to promote healthier lifestyle decisions.
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Preventing Substance Abuse

Henrico Too Smart 2 Start (HTS2S) appointed our Operations Admin Executive Assistant, Tianna as their Volunteer Social Media Coordinator. With this position, Tianna will lead the communications team in creating a social media plan, assist with community events and design graphics.
The coalition focuses on reducing and preventing substance abuse in the Henrico youth population through education and advocacy. In addition to hosting informational events for parents, the organization also tailors events to youth such as a poetry slam with a theme related to the HTS2S mission.
Tianna is excited to help and cannot wait to see how the organization grows and develops throughout her time with them. Her first board and general body meeting is coming up next month!

Email Etiquette With Brittany

Brittany with VSU students

Our Human Resources Manager, Brittany, was invited to run a workshop at her alma mater by one of her former professors! 

Although Brittany had many topics she wanted to go over, she focused on discussing email etiquette. She brought in print outs of her responses to real emails to give students an example of the professionalism used in corporate emails.

The workshop attendees listened carefully to her words and mentioned how much more prepared they feel to enter an office environment.

Brittany hopes for an invitation in the near future from Virginia State University to help with another workshop or event!

Petersburg Fall Fix-Up Day 2018

Pam from RTR and Tianna

Our Operations Admin and Executive Assistant, Tianna volunteered with Rebuilding Together Richmond (RTR) one rainy Saturday this month.

The organization hosted their third annual “Fall Fix-Up Day” in Petersburg to help repair over ten homes and community spaces and clean up trash around the area. This day is similar to RTR’s “National Rebuilding Day,” which is a full day of home repairs and community revitalization in the Spring. 

Tianna acted as their Communications Specialist by managing their social media platforms. She spent the day taking pictures and videos, creating posts and interviewing volunteers and homeowners on the event.

Paint Night With Magellan Health

Jamaal Anderson, Brittany Brown, Cornel Hubbard and Theo Fletcher
Astyra’s Human Resources Manager, Brittany Brown hosted a paint night with employees from our client, Magellan Health, this month.
This activity helped to boost team morale and allow the group to bond in a more intimate way than conversing at work. Plus, they all were able to go home with a beautiful painting of a peacock that they created!
After great conversations and lots of fun, they are all looking forward to attending another paint night.

Back To School Program

Victor at the YMCA Bright Beginnings Program

Technical Recruiter, Victor Rogers participated in the YMCA Bright Beginnings program one evening in August.

The program matches children with a Shopping Buddy for one day to buy clothes and enjoy a meal together to prepare for school. Throughout their time together, the volunteer also offers advice and gives the child a positive outlook on the upcoming school year.

Victor paired up with a 2nd grader and they bought two new outfits before the start of his buddy’s new school year.

Bowling With The Washington Redskins

Astyra's Bowling Team
River City Roll along with TMG and Rob Walker and Associates planned and hosted a private networking and bowling night featuring the Washington Redskins this month.
At this event, sponsors and attendees could meet and bowl with Redskins teammates such as Anthony Lanier, Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder.
The bowling alley was anything but quiet with loud crashes between the ball and pins, chatter from business professionals and the clink of glasses. A live DJ kept the crowd entertained by playing the latest hits.
We all had a great time!

Tied To Greatness 2018

Izaiah and Ken
Our CEO, Ken Ampy, joined with the local organization Partnership for the Future for his second time to help provide high school males with a valuable lesson.
The one day event began with Mr. Alex Ellis’ powerful message to “never underestimate the power of your image.” Mr. Ellis has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise, The 700 Club, BET and the Steve Harvey Morning Show for his influential speaking. He uses his experiences and knowledge to educate others on how to be successful.
Ken participated by speaking with and mentoring his Varina High School protégé, Izaiah, and teaching him how to properly tie a tie. This experience serves as a gateway, leading the high schoolers towards a professional life path.
Partnership for the Future’s focus is to help high school students with limited resources transition from high school to become successful, contributing members of our community.

2017 Lead Virginia Class

Astyra President, Sam Young is a member of Lead Virginia class of 2017. The program aims to educate proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the Commonwealth.

Lead Virginia participants have a unique opportunity to travel to different regions in Virginia and meet with regional leaders to learn about assets and innovations unique to each region, best practices and how each region contributes to the whole of the Commonwealth.
Sam highly recommends Lead VA to others. His favorite part of the experience has been meeting new people, and it has helped him to learn more about Virginia and its history.

Tied To Greatness 2017

Founder and CEO, Alex Ellis.
Mentors teaching students how to tie a tie.

Click here to learn more, or to register for an event. 

With his powerful message to men and women alike to “never underestimate the power of your image”, Mr. Ellis has been featured on CNN, Black Enterprise, The 700 Club, BET and the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Astyra executives participated by speaking with and mentoring young men while teaching them how to properly tie a tie.

Partnership for the Future helps motivated high school students with limited resources transition from high school to college and employment, so they can become successful, contributing members of our community.

2017 Board Appointments

Sam visits the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA.

In January, Astyra’s President, Sam Young joined the Sport’s Backers Board of Directors.

In April, Sam joined the Lead Virginia class of 2017. He and 50 other business and community leaders from around the Commonwealth of Virginia will explore the region and grapple with major issues, challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth. The group has visited Williamsburg and Danville thus far.

Partnership Recognized As Outstanding

Astyra co-founders Sam Young and Ken Ampy stand with Magellan associates Shana McDaniel and Cornel Hubbard
The Team at Awards Dinner

Astyra Corporation and Magellan of Virginia were awarded the Metropolitan Business League’s Trailblazing Partnership Award for their work together. The Trailblazing Partnership Award recognizes a small business and its larger partner that formed a successful teaming relationship and/or joint venture that resulted in the award of a new contract or an ongoing relationship. Astyra is responsible for staffing the customer service positions for Magellan’s member call center.

“In both the substance and logistics of our work, we recognize that real, lasting success comes from collaboration, especially with a locally-based organization that shares our mission-driven focus. We found that collaboration in the team at Astyra” said Bill Phipps, general manager of Magellan of Virginia.
The continued success of the Astyra/Magellan partnership has resulted in the pursuit of several other opportunities within and outside of the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the entire press release regarding this unique partnership.
Magellan of Virginia Customer Service Team

Astyra Visits The Reinhart Guest House

Ken Ampy is on the St. Mary’s community foundation board and has volunteered to make meals at the Reinhart Guest House 4 times. 
Ken’s passion for the community has resulted in Astyra staff getting involved too. 
We made dinner for the guests at the start of the year, and decided to return again on December 16, 2015. 
Astyra’s office opened a little late that day as we spent the morning preparing breakfast for the guests staying at the house. 
We made “make-your-own” breakfast burritos for the guests!
There are many ways you can get involved. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the guest house, click here.