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Mayor's Youth Academy

EDC Building
701 North 25th Street, 2nd floor
Richmond, VA
23223 USA

Phone: (804) 646-7480

Fax: (804) 646-5145

Email: Mayor's Youth Academy

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Mayor's Youth Academy

Mission

It is the mission of the Mayor's Youth Academy to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the city of Richmond which include: job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring, and post-secondary career exploration. Our goal is to develop Richmond's future workforce into determined, successful citizens who will one day become our city's leaders. In doing so the Mayor's Youth Academy strives to accomplish the following goals:

  • Provide extensive training for youth
     
  • Develop employability skills
     
  • Promote civic engagement
     
  • Expose youth to post-secondary educational and/or vocational opportunities
     
  • Provide professional mentors and instructors in a variety of career paths
     
  • Provide safe and constructive social outlets through supervised out of school activities
     
  • Encourage continued school enrollment

Advantages

Launched in 2010, the Mayor’s Youth Academy is designed to develop Richmond’s Future leaders and workforce. The Mayor's Youth Academy serves Richmond youth (ages 14-19).

  • Developing Richmond’s future workforce
     
  • Youth receive "real" work experience
     
  • Exploration and training in a variety of career fields
     
  • Gaining skills that are necessary for future employment
     
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities from a diverse pool of professional
     
  • Stimulates the local economy

Employer Partnerships

By partnering with the Mayor's Youth Academy you will be a part of the development of a new emerging workforce and the leaders of tomorrow. There are many ways to participate, including:

  • Providing paid work experience placements for a city of Richmond youth;
     
  • Providing financial sponsorships for various program components (i.e. transportation, uniforms, etc.);
     
  • Providing mentors and hosting seminars;
     
  • Hosting fundraisers;
     
  • Providing sponsorship packages.
     

Partner Enrollment

To partner with the Mayor's Youth Academy complete the MYA Partner Registration.

Financial contributions may be made thru:

EnRichmond Foundation  
c/o Mayor’s Youth Academy 
701 North 25th Street 
Richmond, VA 23223 

Eligibility

The Mayor’s Youth Academy is open to all City of Richmond youth, ages (14-19), who are enrolled in either a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

Please visit the Overview section for program specific age requirements and application timelines.

Eligible participants must be registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year.

Applicants may be asked to provide proof of residency and/or school enrollment as a condition of acceptance into the Mayor's Youth Academy.

Youth are not required to have previous work experience to apply, but they must meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

Applications for the Mayor’s Youth Academy programs

  Summer     (apply before April 1)

  • Counselor in Training
  • Kings Dominion
  • Summer Work Experience
     

  Fall     (apply before September 15)

  • Future Leaders Program
    • Youth Council
    • Youth Justice

For more information please call (804)646-7480 or email us at MayorsYouthAcademy@richmondgov.com

Overview

The Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) was launched by former Mayor Dwight C. Jones in 2010. The program is designed to develop Richmond’s Future leaders and workforce. The Mayor’s Youth Academy serves Richmond youth (ages 14- 19 years). To be a member of the Mayor’s Youth Academy youth must reside in the City of Richmond and be currently enrolled in school. Applications for the Mayor’s Youth Academy are accepted each March for summer participation. Recruitment for fall/winter programs will be announced on a rolling basis each September.

It is the mission of the Mayor’s Youth Academy to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the City of Richmond which includes: job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring, and post-secondary career exploration, and exploration of talents and skills through the arts and sciences.

Our goal is to develop Richmond’s future leaders and workforce into determined, successful citizens who will one day become the City’s leaders. To achieve this goal, we:

  • Provide extensive job readiness training for youth;
     
  • Develop employability skills;
     
  • Promote civic engagement;
     
  • Expose youth to post-secondary educational and/or vocational opportunities;
     
  • Provide professional mentors and instructors in a variety and diverse pool of career paths;
     
  • Provide safe and constructive social outlets through supervised out of school activities;
     
  • Encourage continued school enrollment;
     
  • Provide youth with “real" work experience;
     
  • Provide skills that are necessary for future employment;
     
  • Expose youth to professional attire and business etiquette;
     
  • Promote effective communication skills;
     
  • Assist in resume writing and interviewing techniques;
     
  • Expose youth to conflict resolution and professional decorum.