Mayor's Youth Academy > Program Overview > Counselor In Training

Last Updated: 2018-04-20

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Interested in a career in teaching, childcare, or recreation? – then the CIT program is for you!

CIT image001 The Counselor In Training (CIT) program is designed to give youth ages 14-16 an opportunity to develop skills related to recreational and educational careers. CIT’s will be responsible for assisting the counselors in daily administration of the Summer Camp Program, including: ensuring the well-being and safety of all participants, administering games and activities, maintaining a fun and safe environment for the participants, keeping the camp room clean and assisting with signing campers in an out each day. Beginning in April, counselor candidates will participate in a six weeks training program that will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Training sessions will include customer service, dressing for success, First Aid & CPR certification, health and nutrition, ethics, leadership skills, arts & crafts, and group game facilitation. Upon successful completion of all required training, candidates will be assigned to a recreation facility and serve as counselors for nine weeks.

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How Much Will I Earn?

Youth participating in the CIT program will receive an incentive of $800.

Training Overview:

  • Counselor candidates are required to attend all sessions.
  • Each session will last at least 2 ½ hours and start promptly at indicated times with some full days expected. Candidates must be on time and stay the entire session.
  • Bring pencil/pen and paper to each session and come prepared to work.
  • Class participation is required.
  • Pop quizzes and tests will be administered and collected during the training sessions.
  • Recreation Center Supervisors will interview candidates for prospective placement assignments.

Who is eligible?

City of Richmond youth ages 14-16 who are enrolled in school and have an interest in developing skills related to recreational and educational careers are eligible to apply. Candidates are not required to have previous experience. Proof of City residency and school enrollment may be requested.

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How to apply?

Applications available on-line beginning March 1, 2019

For more information please call (804)646-7480 or email us at

MYA Counselor-in-Training Program Calendar 2019




March 1 (Friday)

CIT Applications Available

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April 1 (Monday)

CIT Application Due

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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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