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Launched by Mayor Jones in 2010, The Mayor’s Youth Academy is designed to develop
Richmond’s Future leaders and workforce. The Academy serves Richmond youth (ages
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. 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
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
Fast Facts about MYA:
- In 2013, more than 500 youth were been engaged in the MYA program.
- In 2013, 76% of MYA graduates went on to attend two and four year Colleges and Universities.
- In 2013, Virginia Union University awarded MYA graduates more than $88,000 in scholarship funds as a part of the Dwight C. Jones - Mayor’s Youth Academy VUU scholarship program.
- In 2013, 54 MYA high school seniors earned one college credit at JSRCC upon their completion of a career development course offered at the downtown campus
- In 2013, 13 MYA Life Stage participants received Safe Serve Certifications from the Health Department.
- In 2013, 20 MYA CIT participants received certification as facilitators for the 4H Health Rocks curriculum.
- In 2013, 12 MYA Work Experience participants earned the titles of Certified Fiber Optic Technician & Certified Premise Cabling Technician certifications that are recognized by US Dept. of Labor.
- In 2013, 10 MYA Work Experience participants earned 3 college credit hours as a part of the ECPI University Technology Series Summer Work Experience Program and received a new i-Pad mini.
- In 2013, MYA provided transportation and job readiness training for 100 youth employed by Kings Dominion.
- In 2013, more than120 youth completed financial literacy training at Junior Achievement's Finance Park!