This summer, the Edwardsville Police Department will be hosting its 23rd Annual Youth Academy, Session 21-23. The academy is a unique and exciting program that has been developed to provide young women and men, ages 12 through 16 (minimum age 12 to the maximum age of 16), with positive summer activities that are fun, challenging and informative. The Youth Academy was founded on the principles of citizenship, responsibility, and knowledge. The primary focus of the Youth Academy Program is to bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while exposing them to activities that provide physical fitness, confidence building, team building, and the development of leadership skills. Some summer activities could include:
- Citizenship Class
- Community Service Project
- CPR – First Aid
- Eagle Crest High Challenge Course
- Eagle Crest Team Challenge Course
- Land Navigation Skills
- Leadership Class
- Multi-Mile Hike
- Presidential Fitness Testing
- Problem Solving
- Swimming at Raging Rivers Water Park
- Ultimate Challenge
- Physical Fitness
Classroom Instruction Activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions or mitigations set in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The Youth Academy is an intense two-week long leadership program that requires daily attendance. The Youth Academy meets Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s School gymnasium, located at 1802 Madison Avenue, Edwardsville, IL. The Youth Academy will conclude with a graduation/awards banquet on Friday, June 18th , at 6:30 p.m. Being this is a unique year; a graduation celebration for the participants is not guaranteed, due COVID-19 restrictions or mitigations set in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
2021 Youth Academy Dates: June 7 – June 18, 2021 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Applications will be accepted after March 8, 2021, on a first come first serve basis, returning participants will receive priority acceptance to the camp. Priority will be given to students attending Edwardsville Public or Parochial Schools. The applicants prior conduct will be taken into consideration. Space is limited to 25 participants. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60.00. Each participant should anticipate bringing a sack lunch and a drink each day. Refunds will be provide to the parents/guardians of participants in the case of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions/mitigations. If you wish to apply, please complete the download and complete the application below and mail it with a check made payable to Edwardsville Police Youth Academy. Completed applications can be mailed to:Edwardsville Police Youth Academy Attention: Officer Barb Frolik Public Safety Building 333 S Main Street Edwardsville, IL 62025
The coordinator of the 2021 Youth Academy is Officer Barb Frolik. For additional information about the Youth Academy, please contact 618-655-7111, or your School Resource Officer or DARE officer.