Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mayor Jones Announces 2013 Youth Summer Employment Opportunities


Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that the Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Youth Employment programs. MYA is open to all city of Richmond youth, ages 14-19, who are enrolled in either a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

MYA will accept applications beginning today, March 1, through Saturday, March 23 by clicking here. Youth may also apply in person on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center located at 2903 Q Street. No applications will be accepted after 1 p.m. on March 23. Richmond residency and school enrollment will be verified for all applicants.

“Our goal is to develop Richmond’s future leaders and workforce into determined, successful residents who will one day become our city’s leaders,” said Mayor Jones.

It is the mission of MYA to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the city of Richmond which includes job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring, post-secondary career exploration, and exploration of talents and skills through the arts.

There are three components to the MYA summer employment programs:

  1. Counselors In Training (CIT) and Leaders In Training (LIT) - (youth ages 14 - 17) The MYA CIT and LIT programs are offered in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. These programs provide youth with the opportunity to assist recreation staff with implementing the nine-week summer camp programs held in the community centers throughout the city. The LIT Level is designed for teens, ages 16 – 17, that have two consecutive years of work experience as a CIT. Youth participating in the CIT and LIT programs will receive a minimum stipend of $500.

  2. Life Stage - (youth ages 14 – 15) The MYA Life Stage program offered in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, provides participants with cultural arts apprenticeships in Culinary Arts, Dance/Movement, Fashion Design, Mixed Media, Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts, Poetry and Literary Arts. Youth participating in this program will receive a minimum stipend of $250.
  3. Summer Work Experience - (youth ages 16 - 19) MYA Work Experience interns 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. Youth participating in the Work Experience internship program are paid a minimum rate of $7.25 per hour.  
For additional information regarding these opportunities and for more information on MYA, please contact the MYA office at 646-7480.