Madison Police Department Youth Academies (Latino Youth Academy and MPD Leadership Academy) are offered each summer and are held at our Training Center or at sites in the community. While these academies strive to break down barriers and to cultivate a better understanding–particularly within communities of color–regarding the role and function of police, they are intended to be inclusive and open to all youth. Through these youth academies we hope to foster trust and establish positive relationships with community youth and their families. Our youth academies are designed to instill and nurture leadership qualities, provide participating youth with opportunities to challenge themselves, and work together as a team.
During the academy, the students are exposed to a variety of topics and the programming is designed to be hands on and interactive. These topics range from the traditional police work, typical equipment, and tools available to officers, but also include other first responder and community partner programming–really focusing on building those important life skills. Throughout the academy, the students are afforded the opportunity to get to know the officers, their backgrounds, and how they got to where they are today–this unique perspective cultivates a trusting, long-term relationship between the youth and officers.
Latino Youth Academy
Eligible for Dane County students, who are entering 7th and 8th grade. Students could be nominated through the middle schools or a parent/guardian can sign their child up for participation in the Latino Youth Academy.
MPD Leadership Academy
Eligible for Dane County students, who are entering 7th and 8th grade. This is available to youth who are enrolled in MSCR Summer School at participating sites. In the summer of 2019, MPD Leadership Academy’s inaugural year, the programming took place during the afternoon portion of MSCR’s established summer school.
For more information on MPD Youth Academies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 267-1965.