Mayor's Youth Academy > Program Overview > Youth Justice Program

Last Updated: 2020-02-28


Youth Justice members will participate in leadership development activities, higher education exploration, civic engagement and community service. They will be exposed to the Commonwealth of Virginia's judicial process and alternatives to the justice system.

The Youth Justice Program (YJP) is a youth restorative justice program for youth ages 14-18 that live in the City of Richmond and have previously participated in the Mayor’s Youth Academy summer programs. Designed for young leaders to become educated in the basic elements of the traditional criminal justice system and learn the philosophy and principles of the restorative justice movement.

  • Members focus on leadership development, critical thinking, active listening, public speaking, as well as advocating for their peers and the community.
  • Teens between the ages of 14 and 18 that live in the City of Richmond will be selected to explore and experience various leadership opportunities and interact with existing leaders within the criminal justice field.

Community Service

  • Over the course of the program, participants must participate in various community service activities.


  • Leaders must remain in good standing within their school community for the entire school year in order to keep their leadership position.
  • Youth Justice members must be able to adhere to the program’s Confidentiality Agreement.

Youth Justice Leadership Meetings

  • The Mayor’s Youth Academy Youth Justice program year is from October to May of each year.
  • The Youth Justice members will have two sessions a month between the hours 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • There may be other meetings outside of regularly scheduled meeting times for activities such as fieldtrips, workshops, seminars, and leadership activities.

Youth Justice Opportunities

  • Leadership development training
  • Exposure to the court system, the legislative process, and criminal justice procedures.
  • Civic engagement and community service.
  • Exposure to opportunities in higher education.
  • Interaction with professional mentors and instructors in the field of criminal justice.

How to join Youth Justice

Applications are available in the fall of each year. Applications must be submitted annually by 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday in September.

  • Submit an application to the Mayor's Youth Academy Office.
  • Sign and abide by the Confidentiality Agreement.

Applications are reviewed and all applicants selected will be interviewed prior to being accepted into the Youth Justice 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

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