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Registration for Richmond's Youth Civic Engagement Program opens

Youths will learn how city decisions are made in a free eight-week program.
Richmond's Youth Civic Engagement Program starts on Jan. 20.

Richmond youths are invited to join a city-wide program to learn about the local government in January.

The Youth Civic Engagement Program (YCEP) is a free eight-week program that focuses on creating opportunities for youth aged 15 to 23 to learn how city decisions are made.

Youths will also have the opportunity to co-design projects and present back to a “mock council.”

This year, the program will be held online every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Jan. 20.

YCEP was created when a group of Richmond youth brought forward a proposal to city council in June of 2019.

The students wanted an opportunity to learn and have a hands-on-experience in political decision making.

For more information and to register, visit

-With files from Maria Rantanen