Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mayor to Kick Off Youth Urban Conservation Corp

WHAT: Mayor’s Youth Academy: Youth Urban Conservation Corp Kick-Off Event

WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2010
1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Robinson Theater Community Arts Center
2903 Q Street

BACKGROUND:
On June 24, 2010, Mayor Dwight C. Jones will kick off the Mayor’s Youth Academy: Youth Urban Conservation Corps as a part of his “Ending Food Deserts….Growing Green Richmond” program. The Youth Urban Conservation Corp is a Mayor’s Youth Academy program designed to involve more than 100 Richmond youth in an intensive horticulture and business development experience.

Each youth ambassador will have an opportunity to participate in the operational components of a farmers’ market and produce industry. Higher learning institutions, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Union University, will rotate every two weeks in teaching participants how to establish a business.

The Mayor’s Youth Academy draws upon the expertise and resources of leaders in local government, business, and non-profit sectors to promote the value of education and workforce skills for local youth. The benefits of the Youth Urban Conservation Corp are in line with First Lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to United States’ citizens to end food deserts in distressed and poverty stricken areas across America.

“I would like to thank all of the businesses and non-profit entities that have partnered with the Mayor’s Youth Academy and I encourage other interested entities to please do so,” said Mayor Jones. “Together we can promote the value of education and workforce skills needed for the development of Richmond’s future workforce.”

For more information on the Mayor’s Youth Academy: Youth Urban Conservation Corps contact the Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services at (804) 646-5823 or (804) 646-3304.

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