Mayor's Youth Academy > Program Overview

Last Updated: 2020-02-28

“The Development of Richmond’s Future Workforce”


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 (ages 14- 19 years). To be a member of the Mayor’s Youth Academy youth must reside in the City of Richmond and be currently enrolled in school. Applications for the Mayor’s Youth Academy are accepted each March for summer participation. Recruitment for fall/winter programs will be announced on a rolling basis each September.

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, and exploration of talents and skills through the arts and sciences.

Our goal is to develop Richmond’s future leaders and workforce into determined, successful citizens who will one day become the City’s leaders. To achieve this goal, we:

  • Provide extensive job readiness 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 and diverse pool of career paths;
  • Provide safe and constructive social outlets through supervised out of school activities;
  • Encourage continued school enrollment;
  • Provide youth with “real" work experience;
  • Provide skills that are necessary for future employment;
  • Expose youth to professional attire and business etiquette;
  • Promote effective communication skills;
  • Assist in resume writing and interviewing techniques;
  • Expose youth to conflict resolution and professional decorum.

Program Components

Since the summer of 2010, the Counselor In Training program (ages 14-15) has provided instruction to participants on management and leadership skills, as well as basic training in first aid, group leadership, time management, and conflict resolution. After youth are trained, they are assigned to recreation centers around the City to serve as program assistants.

Since the fall of 2010, the Future Leaders Program has been offered as a youth advocacy program for youth (ages 14- 18) that live in the City of Richmond and have previously participated in the Mayor’s Youth Academy’s summer programs. The Mayor’s Youth Academy - Future Leaders Program has two leadership tracks to choose from; the Youth Council Track or Youth Justice Track.

The Mayor's Youth Academy offers summer employment opportunities for city youth (ages 16-19) through Kings Dominion Amusement Park located in Doswell, Virginia. Transportation by bus is available for selected program participants, along with several weeks of pre-employment workforce development training and interview skills preparation.

Work Experience participants (ages 16-19), are provided with diverse employment placements and introduced to a variety of industries and career paths including: higher education, non-profits, library sciences, entrepreneurship, human/social services, state government, law, healthcare, and information technology. Before youth are matched with businesses, they receive several weeks of pre-employment workforce development training.


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

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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