Youth Development

Our Youth Development initiative creates opportunities for Richmond teens and young adults to gain work-place readiness skills and gain valuable hands-on experience.

Youth Committee

The goal of the Richmond Main Street Youth Committee, a new initiative launched in February 2018, is to:

  • Expand our commitment and efforts to ensure that stakeholder and decision-making bodies are diverse, reflective of the community, and inclusive of the youth perspective
  • Increase economic and social assets of the community
  • Provide leadership, work, and communication development opportunities to Richmond residents

Youth Committee members are a diverse group of high school students and young adults, dedicating their time, efforts, and expertise to work on a variety of projects this summer.

Youth Committee Updates

*Special Note of Gratitude: 41 Richmond youth and young adults submitted applications. We are absolutely blown away by this overwhelmingly positive response and can’t wait to learn more about these bright, motivated, and community-minded individuals. Huge thanks to all our community partners who helped us get the word out.


For more information

Amanda Elliott, (510) 236-4049 or


Work-Based Learning Partnerships

In recent years Richmond Main Street has formed partnerships with a variety of groups dedicated to expanding work-based learning opportunities for local youth. We are proud to participate in the success of these programs and provide hands-on learning experiences for the participants. Here are a few examples:

Richmond Public Health Solutions
Since 2015 RMSI has served as a host site for Richmond Public Health Solutions interns. To date, our office has hosted 3 high school student interns working on projects to further access to health resources and activities in Downtown Richmond.

WCCUSD Summer Intern Program
Summer 2018 will be the first year that Richmond Main Street will serve as a worksite for the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Summer Intern Program. This student intern will be a valuable addition to our team, assisting our organization with special digital media projects.

In 2016, RMSI served as the client for Y-PLAN projects at Kennedy High School (Technology Academy) and DeAnza High School (Health Academy). RMSI staff continue to support Y-PLAN cohorts by hosting Downtown tours, providing resources, and informative experiences to students.

Main Street Youth Entrepreneur Day
On April 24, 2016, we partnered with Junior Achievement to host a one-day learning opportunity for Richmond high school students. 40 teamed up with mentors from our local business community to develop innovative, youth-serving business solutions for Downtown Richmond. We are actively seeking funding to develop one of the winning proposals and host another Youth Entrepreneur Day event.

Summer Youth Entrepreneur Program

From 2008-2015, Richmond Main Street proudly partnered with Richmond YouthWORKS to conduct the Summer Youth Entrepreneur Program (SYEP), a five-week work readiness training and employment program.

Our program served 10-15 Richmond youth, ages 16-22, and provided work readiness training, entrepreneurialism activities, and summer employment at local businesses. For many participants SYEP was a valuable experience and unique opportunity to develop communication and professionalism skills, as well as a knowledge of workplace, retail, and business principles.

The Impact of SYEP

Our Summer Youth Entrepreneur Program served over 100 Richmond youth and young adults, many from low-income households. Each year, cohorts of 10-15 students participated in a specialized two-week training program focusing on worksite readiness skill building and an introduction to entrepreneurialism concepts, following by worksite placement at Downtown business and TJ Maxx. Upon completion of the program, many participants continued their education and/or entered the workforce, some in permanent employee positions at their worksites.

“I really enjoyed the training…I woke up every day excited to come here.”

“I enjoyed the entrepreneur partner part because it was the most challenging.”

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