Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mayor Jones Announces Summer Employment Opportunities For 2014 Mayor’s Youth Academy

The Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) is now accepting applications for the 2014 MYA Summer Employment programs. Launched by Mayor Jones in 2010, MYA is designed to develop Richmond’s future leaders and workforce. Youth ages 13 through 19 years old are encouraged to apply.

“I am strongly encouraging the city’s youth to apply for this tremendous opportunity for summer employment,” said Mayor Jones. “The collaboration between MYA and our community business partners will permit youth to develop relationships with international youth, gain valuable work experience while earning income to save or spend in our local economy, and offer the potential for full-time careers.”

New for the summer of 2014, the academy is offering a MYA Junior program. Recognizing the need for earlier career development intervention, the MYA Junior offering will target middle school youth and provide them Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related experiential learning opportunities and age appropriate introduction to STEM vocations and careers. Program components include the science of roller coasters at Kings Dominion, robotic engineering at ECPI-U, exposure to regional STEM job sites and employers through site visits, and much more. MYA Junior incentives include a Supernova family membership to the Science Museum of Virginia, a graphing calculator, and a $150 incentive payment upon successful completion of all program requirements.

It is the mission of MYA to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the city to include: job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring and post-secondary career exploration. Selected youth will receive real work experience and gain skills necessary for future employment.

MYA will accept applications for all programs beginning Saturday, March 1 through Monday, March 24. Applications will be available at all Richmond public high schools and at Youth may also apply in person on Mondays and Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the MYA offices in the East District Initiative, 701 North 25th Street.

For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact the MYA office at (804) 646-7480 or visit

Apply Today for Neighbor-To-Neighbor’s Love Your Block Grants

The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Initiative is now accepting its fourth round of applications for the Love Your Block grants. The application deadline for this round is Friday, March 7, 2014.

In January 2012, N2N was awarded a $10,000 grant from Cities of Service, in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation, in the form of Home Depot gift cards toward the implementation of a Love Your Block Program. Love Your Block is a tested, high-impact service strategy in which community members are engaged in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time. Love Your Block aligns perfectly with three elements of the City’s Balanced Scorecard: Unique and Inclusive Communities, Community Safety, and Well-Being Sustainability and the Natural Environment.

“Vibrant neighborhoods, with increased community involvement and spirit, lead to improved quality of life. Engaged neighbors are far less likely to let their neighborhoods fall into disrepair and community engagement serves as a powerful force in preventing crime as well,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “With the help of the Love Your Block grant I am confident that together we can ‘Build the Best Richmond’ one block at a time.”

By way of the Love Your Block grant, N2N provides competitive mini-grants, in the form of $500 Home Depot Gift Card, to city neighborhood groups for the purchase of supplies needed for local beautification projects. Love Your Block grants encourage community groups to identify priority projects and develop volunteer-fueled solutions in the following ways:

1.    Improve resident perception of safety, with improved lighting, landscaping etc.

2.    Reduce crime incidents and other gang/drug related vandalism with graffiti removal, and community garden initiatives.

3.    Reduce trash through street cleanups/increase recycling.

For more N2N Love Your Block grant information or to download the grant application please visit

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City Offices Closed February 17 in Observance of Washington’s Birthday

City of Richmond’s government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2014, in observance of Washington’s Birthday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, February 18.

As a result of the observance, all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all City community centers will also be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday, as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. Refuse collection will resume on Tuesday and continue through Friday, February 21.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations also will also be closed on Monday, February 17. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Revitalize RVA Economic Development Plan Community Meetings

In early November, Mayor Dwight C. Jones presented Revitalize RVA, an economic development plan that includes a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom. The following community meetings will be held across the city for the public to attend and learn more about this plan.

Third District Community Meeting with Councilmember Chris Hilbert
Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00 pm
Pine Camp Recreation Center, 4901 Old Brook Rd.

Second District Community Meeting with Councilmember Charles Samuels
Thursday, February 6th, 5:30 pm
Redskins Auditorium, 2401 West Leigh Street

Ninth District Community Meeting with Councilmember Michelle Mosby
Thursday, February 6th, 6:00 pm
Miles Jones Elementary School, 200 Jefferson Village Drive

First and Second District Joint Community Meeting with Councilmember Jon Baliles and Charles Samuels
Wednesday, February 19th, 6:00 pm
Albert Hill Middle School, 3400 Patterson Avenue

Fifth District Community Meeting with Councilmember Parker Agelasto
Thursday, February 20th, 6:30 pm
Richmond Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities Byrd Park Round House, 600 S. Boulevard

Sixth District Community Meeting with Councilmember Ellen Robertson
Thursday, February 20th, 6 p.m.

Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue