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Last Updated: 2021-03-01


It is the mission of the Mayor's Youth Academy to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the city of Richmond which include: job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring, and post-secondary career exploration. Our goal is to develop Richmond's future workforce into determined, successful citizens who will one day become our city's leaders. In doing so the Mayor's Youth Academy strives to accomplish the following goals:

  • Provide extensive 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

The advantages of the Mayor's Youth Academy 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

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be a Richmond resident
  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 19 (some positions may have more specific age requirements)
  • Complete all orientation expectations
  • Must be enrolled in high school or graduating from high school in June 2021
  • Must have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification

To learn more about our summer 2021 program options please click here.

Contact Information:

Mayor's Youth Academy
City of Richmond
EDC Building
701 North 25th Street, 2nd floor
Richmond, VA
23223 USA
Phone: (804) 646-7933
Fax: (804) 646-5145

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