Governor's Youth Development Academies
A Governor’s Youth Development Academy is designed for rising 9th-graders and 10th-graders – including students at risk of disengagement and dropping out – with a focus on civics education, financial literacy, community service, preventive health, personal character development and leadership.
Academies are intended to be planned and held by a consortium of school divisions within each of the superintendent's planning regions.
Each academy provides active participatory experiences from community leaders and professionals it partners with, such as local governments, civic organizations, the YMCA and 4-H.
Goals for Students
- Developing personal life skills to positively affect success at home, school and work
- Building relationships with peers
- Identifying mentors to support students throughout the school year
- Providing leadership opportunities
- Informing students about postsecondary opportunities and careers
Number and Selection of Participants
- A maximum of 50 rising 9th- and 10th-graders may be selected per academy site.
- Participants will be selected by participating school divisions within a region.
- Participants will be representative of the characteristics and diversity of student bodies, including those students identified through early warning indicators (e.g., at risk of losing academic progress, becoming disengaged from school, etc.).
Program Duration and Content
- Academies may be held during the school year or as a multi-week program during the summer. Alternative schedules that combine summer and year-long programs are also allowed.
- Example curriculum components include:
- Youth as engaged citizens – including civics and community service;
- Personal development and responsibility – including interpersonal relationships, problem solving, character development and healthy lifestyles;
- College and career preparation – including interest and skill inventories goal setting and finding employment; and
- Financial well-being – including budgeting and understanding money and credit management.
School Division Staffing
- Staff may be drawn from teachers, school counselors, administrators and student activity directors.
- Staff will form partnerships with community leaders, professionals and organizations to provide active learning experiences for student attendees.
The following is a list of participating academies. Several end-of-year reports are provided as examples of activities and programs.
- Region 1: Petersburg Public Schools
- Region 2: Newport News Public Schools – End-of-Year Report (PDF)
- Region 3: West Point Public Schools
- Region 4: Manassas Public Schools (Regional Program)
Participating school division: Prince William County Public Schools
- Region 5: Charlottesville Public Schools (Regional Program) – End-of-Year Report (PDF)
Participating school divisions: Greene County Public Schools, Fluvanna County Public Schools, and Staunton City Public Schools
- Region 6: Danville Public Schools – End-of-Year Report (PDF)
- Region 7: Bristol Public Schools
- Region 8: Cumberland County Public Schools (Regional Program) – End-of-Year Report (PDF)
Participating school divisions: Prince Edward County Public Schools, Amelia County Public Schools, Buckingham County Public Schools, and Lunenburg County Public Schools
- Danville Public Schools
- Manassas Public Schools
- Chesapeake Public Schools – End-of-Year Report (PDF)