Mayor's Youth Academy > Program Overview > Summer Work Experience

Last Updated: 2018-04-20



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Mayor's Youth Academy 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, law, healthcare, and information technology. Mayor's Youth Academy Work Experience interns are prepared to enhance productivity and contribute to a positive work environment with enthusiasm and professionalism. Mayor's Youth Academy 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.
     

The advantages of serving as an Mayor's Youth Academy 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.

Mayor's Youth Academy 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 Summer Work Experience program will be paid at a rate that is at least the current federal minimum wage.

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?

Applications available on-line beginning March 1, 2018



For more information please call (804)646-7480 or email us at MayorsYouthAcademy@richmondgov.com

MYA Summer Work Experience Program Calendar 2018

Date

Event

Location

March 1 (Thursday)

SWE Applications Available

Access online at richmondgov.com/mya

March 30 (Friday)

SWE Application Due

Access online at richmondgov.com/mya

April 16 (Monday)

SWE Acceptance Notifications

Sent via email

May 2 (Wednesday)

Summer Work Experience Orientation
(Last Names A - M from 4:30 – 5:15 pm)
(Last Names N – Z from 5:30 – 6:15 pm)

Richmond Public Library - Main Branch
101 E. Franklin Street

May 9 (Wednesday)

Pre-Employment Training
(4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Richmond Public Library - Main Branch
101 E. Franklin Street

May 16 (Wednesday)

Pre-Employment Training
(4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Richmond Public Library - Main Branch
101 E. Franklin Street

May 23 (Wednesday)

Pre-Employment Training
(4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Richmond Public Library - Main Branch
101 E. Franklin Street

May 30 (Wednesday)

Pre-Employment Training
(4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Richmond Public Library - Main Branch
101 E. Franklin Street

June 2 (Saturday)

Summer Work Experience
Mock Interviews
(10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Richmond Public Library - Main Branch
101 E. Franklin Street

June 20 (Wednesday)

Opportunity Fair
Time: TBD

Location: TBD

June 27 (Wednesday)

Hiring Packet Pick Up
(9:00 - 11:00 am or 1:00 - 6:00 pm)

MYA Headquarters
701 N. 25th Street

June 28 (Thursday)

Hiring Packet Pick Up
(9:00 - 11:00 am or 1:00 - 6:00 pm)

MYA Headquarters
701 N. 25th Street

June 29 (Friday)

Hiring Packet Pick Up
(9:00 - 11:00 am or 1:00 - 6:00 pm)

MYA Headquarters
701 N. 25th Street

July 9 (Monday)

Summer Work Experience Begins
9:00 am - Payroll Processing for Interns then Report to Job Sites
Location: Richmond Public Library- Main Branch

August 2018
*Date subject to change

Mayor’s Youth Academy
Culminating Event

Location: TBD
Time: TBD

August 17 (Friday)

Summer Work Experience Ends

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