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Last Updated: 2016-03-25

The 2016 Mayor’s Youth Academy summer enrollment period has closed.

photo of Mayor Dwight C. Jones Together we can promote the value of education and workforce skills needed for the 'development of Richmond's future workforce.'

Launched by Mayor Jones in 2010, The Mayor’s Youth Academy is designed to develop Richmond’s Future leaders and workforce. The Academy serves Richmond youth (ages 13-19 years).


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. 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 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

The advantages of the Mayor's Youth Academy include:

  • 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

Fast Facts about MYA:

  • In 2015, more than 500 youth were engaged in the MYA program.
  • In 2015, 85% of MYA graduates went on to attend a technical school, two or four year Colleges and Universities.
  • In 2015, 35 MYA Life Stage apprentices received certificates for completing 10 hours of training at the 4H Health Rocks Institute.
  • In 2015, 37 MYA Life Stage apprentices received Cultural Diversity Training certificates.
  • In 2015, 33 MYA Life Stage apprentices participated in 10 hours of sessions for Life Skills Development.
  • In 2015, 14 MYA Life Stage apprentices received CPR certifications.
  • In 2015, 57 MYA CIT participants received certification as facilitators for the 4H Health Rocks curriculum.
  • In 2015, MYA Work Experience participants were awarded the 2015 Governor's Transportation Safety Award in the category of Commissioner's Special Achievement Award.
  • In 2015, 10 MYA Work Experience participants earned 3 college credit hours in Introduction to Business as part of the ECPI University Technology Series Summer Work Experience Program and received a new I-pad mini.
  • In 2015, 9 MYA Work Experience participants earned 6 college credit hours in Graphic Communication and Web Interface Design as part of the ECPI University Technology Series Summer Work Experience Program and received a new I-pad mini.
  • In 2015, RVA Coder Collective Robotics Team earned the Highest Rookie Seed Award in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
  • In 2015, 38 MYA participants gained exposure to coding through a partnership with CodeVA.
  • In 2015, MYA provided transportation and job readiness training for 50 youth employed by Kings Dominion.
  • In 2015, more than 222 youth completed financial literacy training at Junior Achievement's Finance Park!
  • In 2015, 19 thirteen-year-old students participated in the MYA Junior STEM pilot program.

Contact Information:

Mayor's Youth Academy
City of Richmond
EDC Building
701 North 25th Street, 2nd floor
Richmond, VA
23223 USA
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Phone: (804) 646-7480
Fax: (804) 646-5145

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