My Chesterfield Academy

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Chesterfield County, in partnership with the Asian & Latino Solidarity Alliance of Central Virginia, or ALSACV, presents My Chesterfield Academy, a program that empowers residents, particularly those from multicultural communities, to understand and navigate Chesterfield County’s government, as well as connect to other community resources. The program began in 2019 as the first of its kind in Virginia.

Preferred applicants are those who are already involved in their communities, have shown leadership abilities, and who are willing to disseminate the information they learn throughout their individual communities. After graduation, participants will be able to help their communities to better understand and access government services. Graduates also will have the opportunities to interact with residents from other communities through the My Chesterfield Academy alumni network.

Academy Overview

Participants will:

  • Meet with leaders from county and school departments and tour county facilities.
  • Explore how their local government works.
  • Learn how to resolve issues.
  • Obtain information and resources.

In addition to meeting with local government leaders while learning about programs and services, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback. 

Dates

  • The 2020 academy lasts for seven sessions and will be held on Thursdays, 3:30-8:30 p.m. It will begin in April, break in July and August, then resume in September.
  • The classes will be held: April 30, May 14, May 28, June 11, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. Dinner will be provided.

Locations

Sessions are scheduled in county and school facilities, among other sites across the county.

Graduation

In November 2020, graduation will be held during a ceremony at a Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Course Information

Hosted by the Chesterfield County Department of Citizen Information and Resources, My Chesterfield Academy will be funded entirely through corporate sponsorships and donations to ALSACV, which is a nonprofit 501(c)3. 

While participation is free, participants are required to deposit a refundable $50 fee to cover meals and other expenses. This fee will be returned upon graduation. The costs include dinner for each session, notebooks, other supplies and recognition materials.

Changes are being made to 2020 schedule and this will be posted when finalized .

Application and Selection Process

Interested residents must submit an application for My Chesterfield Academy from Feb. 20-March 20, 2020.  Applicants will be notified by April 6.

For more information, email, or call 804-796-7085.