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Last Updated: 2018-02-22


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).


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

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

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