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, between ages 14 through 24. To be a member of the Mayor’s Youth academy, youth must reside in the City of Richmond. Applications, for the Mayor’s Youth Academy’s summer programs, open on March 1st. Recruitment for Fall/Winter based programs will be announced, on a rolling basis, each September.
Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) is a workforce development program designed to engage youth, ages 14-24, in a productive career exploration program by using a work-based learning approach. MYA seeks to assist youth in identifying, clarifying, and exploring career interest. Youth who participate in MYA cultivate positive relationships and strengthen academic, soft, and technical skills. As the youth-serving unit of the Office of Community Wealth Building, our goal is to develop Richmond’s future workforce with hopes of supporting access to quality employment and related supports that assist in decreasing poverty in the city of Richmond.
Our programs include:
- Six-week Summer Work-Based Learning Experience
- Youth Council
- 1on1 Career Coaching
- Soft Skills Workshops
- Financial Awareness Workshops
- Entrepreneurship Development
It is the mission of the Mayor's Youth Academy to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the city of Richmond: 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
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 14-24). A few advantages, to participating in MYA, can be listed as:
- Developing positive work habits and attitudes by strengthening six key soft skill areas - communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
- Fostering self and career exploration by establishing a clear connection between education and work.
- Expanding professional networks
- Becoming better informed to make decisions before accepting a job offer.
- Recognizing the shared responsibilities for a successful work experience.
- Leadership development and genuinely engaging people in their communities.
The Mayor’s Youth Academy is open to all City of Richmond youth, ages 14 through 24.
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, however, they must meet the programs eligibility criteria.
Applications for the Mayor’s Youth Academy Summer Programs open March 1st
This year, there are 6 options to participate in during summer
- Counselors in Training (Parks & Recreations)
- Teens in Richmond in Parks (Parks & Recreations)
- Kings Dominion
- Work Base placements (in-person)
- Virtual Earn & Learn
- Founders Mark – Entrepreneurship
For more information, please call (804)646-7933 or email us at MayorsYouthAcademy@rva.gov
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.
To partner with the Mayor's Youth Academy complete the MYA Partner Registration.
Financial contributions may be made thru:
c/o Mayor’s Youth Academy
701 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Virtual Information Session II
Thursday, February 9 · 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/stb-xcsr-wgk
Virtual Information Session III
Monday, February 13 · 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mvm-coxe-vcc
Virtual Information Session IV
Tuesday, February 21 · 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/fzv-nsae-uc