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Last Updated: 2012-10-18




Mayor's Youth Academy Summer Work Experience 2012



MYA Work Experience interns (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. MYA Work Experience interns are prepared to enhance productivity and contribute to a positive work environment with enthusiasm and professionalism. MYA Work Experience interns are certified “Job Ready” receiving four weeks of pre-employment training designed to strengthen the skills needed to succeed in the working world.

Training topics include:

  • Professional attire and business etiquette
  • Effective communication skills
  • Resume writing and interviewing techniques
  • Conflict resolution and professional decorum
  • Each Monday (9am-12pm) during the summer placement is reserved for continued training and development conducted by MYA staff and industry experts.

The advantages of serving as an MYA Work Experience intern 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

MYA Summer Work Experience Goals include:

  • 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 of career paths
  • Provide safe and constructive social outlets through supervised out of school activities
  • Encourage continued school enrollment

How Much Will I Earn?

Youth participating in the Work Experience internship program are paid a minimum rate of $7.25 per hour.

Who is eligible?

City of Richmond youth ages (16-19) who are enrolled in either secondary or post-secondary institution. Eligible participants must be registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year. Students are not required to have previous work experience to apply, but they must meet the program’s eligibility criteria.


Proof of City of Richmond residency and school enrollment may be requested.

How to apply?

The 2014 Mayor’s Youth Academy summer enrollment period has closed.

Program Timetable

Summer Work Experience Timeline

MONTH DATE ACTIVITY
March 3/1/2014 Applications for the 2014 MYA Summer Programs will be made available on the MYA website March 1 - 24, 2014.

In person, applications will be accepted
Mondays and Wednesdays, March 3 - 24 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at MYA Headquarters located at:

East End District Center
701 N. 25th Street
Richmond, VA 23223

3/24/2014

Last Day to submit applications, applications must be received by 7:00 p.m.

April 4/11/2014

Acceptance notifications sent to all participants via email.

4/26/2014

MYA Orientation
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
1000 Mosby Street
Richmond, VA 23223
9am-12pm

May 5/6/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/7/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/13/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/14/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/20/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/21/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/27/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

5/28/2014

Mandatory Pre-Employment Training
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
4 - 6:30pm

June 6/07/2014

Interview times will be assigned

Mock Interviews & Career Assessment Interest Inventory
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219
10am-3pm

6/11/2014

Employment Partner Orientation
Police Training Academy
1202 W. Graham Road
Richmond, VA 23220
10am-12pm

6/16/2014

Transportation provided by MYA

ECPI Admission Assessment
4305 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
9am-1pm

6/18/2014

Interview times will be assigned

Opportunity Fair (Work Experience Placement Interviews)
Henderson Center – Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
9am-1pm

July 7/7/2014

MYA Summer Work Experience Program Begins.
All Students report to the Main Library for Mandatory Monday Workshop.

101 East Franklin Street
9am-12pm

7/14/2014

Mandatory Monday Workshop
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
9am-12pm

7/21/2014

Mandatory Monday Workshop
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
9am-12pm

7/28/2014

Mandatory Monday Workshop
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
9am-12pm

August 8/4/2014

Mandatory Monday Workshop
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
9am-12pm

8/11/2014

Mandatory Monday Workshop
Main Library
101 East Franklin Street
9am-12pm

8/14/2014
*Date subject to change

MYA Culminating Event
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

8/15/2014

Last Day of Work Experience 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

Mayor Dwight C. Jones
Youth Academy
2013 Culminating Event


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