Mayor's Youth Academy > Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 2012-02-24

FAQs for Parents

What are the age and residency requirements?

  • Youth/Parent must be a city of Richmond resident. Proof of residency may be required.
  • Youth must be enrolled in school. Proof of school enrollment is required.
  • Youth must be age 13 by July 1 to be eligible for MYA Junior STEM Program.
  • Youth must be age 14 by July 1 to be eligible for CIT and ARTS Institute .
  • Youth must be age 16 by July 1 to be eligible for Work Experience and not turn 19 before the program ends.

When and how will I know if my child has ben selected to participate in the Mayor's Youth Academy (MYA) Summer Work Experience program?

Youth will receive notification by email the second week of April.

How long does the program last?

The Mayor's Youth Academy has Mandatory Training for Summer Work Experience participants during the month of May. The internships/apprenticeships begin in July and end in August. See program timeline for more detailed information.

How many hours will my child work per week?

  • 14 and 15 year old participants’ program hours will vary according to their individual program. Factors that will impact their weekly schedule may include field trips, enrichment activities, etc.
  • 16 - 19 year old participants are likely to work no more than 40 hours per week. Work hours will vary depending on their internship placement. Please note that the Mayor's Youth Academy interns are not paid for their lunch breaks.
  • Work Experience interns placed at Kings Dominion should anticipate working late hours and potentially working more than 40 hours per week.

Where will my child be working?

A variety of placements are available in a number of industries. The Mayor's Youth Academy makes every effort to place Work Experience interns in employment opportunities that align with their future career interests.

Who are the employers?

  • Local Businesses and Corporations
  • Area Non-Profits
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Virginia State Agencies
  • City of Richmond Departments

What will my child need to have if selected to participate?

Work Experience Participants:

  • Original, signed social security card
  • State issued Photo ID
  • Report card or verification of school enrollment

Additional documents may be requested for other program tracks.

Is transportation provided?

The Mayor's Youth Academy utilizes GRTC to provide transportation for youth participants to and from their placement sites each day by issuing GRTC Go Cards on a weekly basis. If your child does not ride public transportation, you will be responsible for transporting them each day.

FAQs for Youth

Who is eligible?

City of Richmond youth ages 13-19 who are currently enrolled in school. Proof of residency may be requested.

What program can I participate in?

  • MYA Junior STEM Program: Youth Age 13
  • Counselors In Training: Youth Ages 14-16
  • ARTS Institute: Youth Ages 14–15
  • Summer Work Experience: Youth Ages 16-19

Where can I expect to work as a Work Experience Intern?

  • Local Businesses and Corporations
  • Area Non-Profits
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Virginia State Agencies
  • City of Richmond Departments

How Do I apply?

Applications are available each year on March 1st. All applicants must have a copy of their most recent report card, one form of proof of residency, and a photo ID upon request.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Youth/Parent must be a city of Richmond resident. Proof of residency may be required.
  • Youth must be enrolled in school. Proof of school enrollment is required.
  • Youth must be age 13 by July 1 to be eligible for MYA Junior STEM Program.
  • Youth must be age 14 by July 1 to be eligible for CIT and ARTS Institute.
  • Youth must be age 16 by July 1 to be eligible for Work Experience and not turn 19 before the program ends.

FAQs for Employment Partners

What is the minimum age of the participants that may be working for my company?

The minimum age is 16.

How long is the Mayor’s Youth Academy?

Summer Work Experience intern placements are six weeks long. Other program components of the Mayor's Youth Academy operate on a year round basis.

What is the target employment start and end date for the participants?

Internships begin the first week in July. Internships end the second week of August each year.

Are there different components of the Mayor’s Youth Academy summer programs? What are they?

Yes. There are several different summer program components to the Mayor's Youth Academy:

  • MYA Junior STEM Program 13 year olds only
  • ARTS Institute 14-15 years of age
  • Counselors In Training 14-16 years of age
  • Summer Work Experience 16-19 years of age

How many placements can my organization offer?

There is no limit to the number of placements that any one organization can provide. However, please ensure that your organization/business can provide a meaningful experience for each intern you receive.

What if having a placement is not a good fit for my company, is there a way that I can still be a part of the Mayor's Youth Academy?

Yes. Additional partnership opportunities are available. There are many ways to participate, including:

  • Sponsor a youth (donation is tax deductable)
  • Provide financial sponsorships for various program components (i.e. transportation, uniforms, etc.)
  • Provide mentors, host seminars, and volunteer
  • Host fundraisers or events
  • Provide sponsorship packages

To explore one of these opportunities, please complete the Partner Registration Form.

What do I need to do to prepare for the participants?

  • Provide each participant with a comprehensive knowledge of the organization /company;
  • Permit participants to serve as a team member on a project/and or serve as a lead on a small scale project;
  • Enable participants the opportunity to leave their summer work experience with a mastery of at least one workforce skill.

Will I have a chance to meet the participants (interns) prior to them arriving at my organization?

Yes. You will have the opportunity to interview all participants selected for your organization during our Opportunity Fair.

How are the participants paid?

They will be paid through your organization’s payroll process.

**Please note that a limited number of sponsored placements are available each year. Sponsored placements are available to non-profit organizations that are able to host an intern, but are unable to pay youth out of their organization’s budgets. Please call the Mayor’s Youth Academy office to determine if your organization qualifies for a sponsored placement.

Who do I address my check to?

You may donate online directly at EnRichmond Foundation
or address checks to the "EnRichmond Foundation" and mail to:

City of Richmond - Mayor's Youth Academy
701 North 25th Street, 2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23223

Does my company have to provide transportation for the participants if hired?

No.

What type, if any, of liability are the participants in terms of both my company and the Mayor's Youth Academy?

Participants are employees of your organization. All liability is that of the organization.

What dress code do the participants abide by while employed with my company?

The participants will abide by the dress code of your company.

Who is the first point of contact in the event of an emergency?

The first point of contact in the event of an emergency is the Mayor's Youth Academy’s Summer Counselor assigned to your company. You will receive this information when your intern is assigned to you.

What will my interaction be with the Mayor's Youth Academy’s Summer Counselor for participants hired with my company?

Academy Counselors will be visiting and managing any person hired by you through the Mayor's Youth Academy. They will be visiting your company at least once a week. They will typically schedule these meeting times with you in advance.

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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