This week marks the tenth year for the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program.
The YLA program fosters and encourages teens, ages 14 to 18, to be future leaders in and out of the community. The 25 teens will develop and foster leadership skills while meeting and having fun with like-minded peers.
Each day the YLA members will meet at the Police Training Academy, located on the campus grounds of the Community College of Baltimore County - Dundalk, at 8 a.m. to gain insight into the police department and the people who serve. During those hours they will be busy learning the many aspects of police work and the mental strength needed to be an officer and leader.
They will visit various locations. The teens will build leadership and teamwork skills when they spend the day at The Park School, located at Falls and Old Court roads. At the Police Academy, they will be pushed to think, investigate and interview crime victims and suspects when they role play crime scenes.
The week is exciting and educational. Young people who are thinking about working in the criminal justice field will find this time well spent.