The City of Richmond is excited to announce the start of our Partner Recruitment process for summer 2023. The Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) is a workforce development program designed to engage youth ages 14-24, in a productive career exploration program through work-based learning experiences. As the youth-serving unit of the Office of Community Wealth Building, our goal is to develop Richmond’s future workforce with hopes of supporting access to quality employment and related supports that help decrease poverty in the city of Richmond.

Each summer, the Mayor’s Youth Academy brings together local government agencies, private sector employers, community-based organizations, and small businesses to provide City of Richmond youth, between the ages of 16 -19, with an array of summer work experiences. Through our seven-week (June 26 – August 11) MYA Summer Work–Based Learning program, we strive to:

  • Expose youth to a variety of career paths
  • Develop employability skills
  • Provide professional mentors and instructors
  • Provide safe and constructive summer opportunities for youth

Employers throughout the City of Richmond make this annual program possible by volunteering to serve as partner employers and providing structured job placements for youth participants. By partnering with the Mayor’s Youth Academy you will be a part of the development of a new emerging workforce and the leaders of tomorrow.

If you are interested in helping develop Richmond’s future workforce, please complete our Partner Interest Form.

We hope to have you on board for the 2023 Mayor’s Youth Academy Summer Work–Based Learning program!

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