Engaging County Youth and Families
Youth Engagement provides resource information for county youth and families and leads collaborative initiatives that engage the community in promoting the safety, well-being and success of Chesterfield County youth.
Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) was formed in 1978 by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. The purpose of the Youth Advisory Board is to advise the Board of Supervisors regarding issues relating to youth and to provide opportunities for community input on youth issues in Chesterfield County.
Youth Engagement convenes teams of stakeholders to support cooperation and community involvement in focusing on youth-related issues, including the Juvenile Justice Collaborative, Partnership for Youth, Positive Parenting Coalition, RVA Basics Steering Committee and School Readiness Coalition, and actively pursues partnerships with community organizations to meet youth needs, including Chesterfield Communities In Schools, Cooperative Extension - 4-H Youth Development and United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.
Family and Youth Resources
Recognition of County Youth
County youth are recognized for their accomplishments and community service through the Future Community Leader Certificate (FCLC) and Chesterfield Community Champions (CCC). In partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS), county government departments host the model county government program, which allows students to learn more about how local governments function and attend a Board of Supervisors meeting.
Future Community Leaders Certificate
The Future Community Leaders Certificate (FCLC) provides Chesterfield County high school students with the opportunity to learn about their local government, interact with government officials and engage in volunteerism to support the community. This certificate is a three-step process that includes a Chesterfield 101 session, attending a Board of Supervisors meeting and completing 25 hours of community service. If you are interested in the FCLC program, complete the FCLC application.
Chesterfield 101 Session
Chesterfield County 101 sessions are a one and a half hour program that will educate students on the basics of county government including, but not limited to:
- Board of Supervisors and their positions
- County districts
- Departments and positions/careers within the county
- How government impacts residents (including teens)
- How to get involved
Board of Supervisors Meeting
Attending a Board of Supervisors meetings will offer FCLC participants an opportunity to meet their district representative and learn about what a supervisor's role is in the county.
Complete 25 hours of community service in the greater Richmond area. Ten of these hours must be completed with Chesterfield County Government (Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL), Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS), Parks and Recreation, etc.). Completing 25 hours of community service also will get students halfway to the requirement for the Board of Education’s Seal for Excellence in Civics Education. Community service hours completed for other purposes (classes, clubs, etc.) can be counted towards this certificate.