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Youth Leadership Academy

Goals and Objectives

The Youth Leadership Academy was developed to provide young people ages 14 through 18 with an opportunity to learn leadership and decision-making skills, as well as foster positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The leadership component stresses teamwork and communication. The program also highlights the role of the individual in shaping his or her own future by making good choices.

The Academy gives participants the opportunity to see the benefits of public service and learn about the challenges and demands associated with the law enforcement profession. Attendees will learn about selected police units and will participate in practical applications that demonstrate the aspects of the police officer’s job.

The program strives to encourage young people to understand their role in our communities and society by taking part in other youth programs offered by the Police Department such as the Law Enforcement Explorers and the Police Cadet Program.


The Youth Leadership Academy is a week-long program held annually in June. The program runs from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A graduation ceremony is held on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Topics Covered

  • Probable Cause and Arrest/Role Playing
  • CSI/Forensics/Forensic Art
  • Hazardous Devices Team
  • Gun Violence and Youth
  • Impact of Drug and Substance Abuse
  • Impacts of Social Media
  • Accident Investigation
  • Traffic Stops and Enforcement
  • Marine/Aviation/Tactical/K-9
  • Team Building Course
  • Physical Training
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • Explorer and Cadet Programs

Student Requirements

  • Must be residents of Baltimore County
  • Must be 14 through 18 years of age
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must complete the application process
  • Applicants will be subject to a background check.

To Apply

The Application Form has been designed for completion and electronic submission. Upon bringing up the Form, use the Tab key to go from one field to the next. Boxes outlined in red are mandatory fields. Please complete all information as requested.

A signature is not required if this Form is being sent electronically. However, please fill in the date the application is being submitted as enrollment is limited.

The Application Form is a two-page document. The second page provides space for the student to submit a mandatory essay about themselves and why they would like to participate in the program.

When complete, select “Submit via email” for electronic submission. The Form will automatically be sent to a pre-designated email account for the Youth Leadership Academy.  The “Print Form” function will allow you to print a copy of your Application Form for your records.

The Waiver Form must be completed and signed by the applicant and their parent/guardian. If the applicant is 18 years of age, the parent/guardian signature is optional. The Waiver Form must be returned to the address or email as listed on the Application Form.

Youth Leadership Academy Application Form (PDF) 

Youth Leadership Academy Waiver Form (PDF) 

Additional Information

Information on the program may be obtained and questions regarding the completion of the Form may be directed to the Youth Initiatives Team by calling 410-887-2587.

Students may also contact their School Resource Officer (SRO) for information and assistance.

Revised January 8, 2014

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