The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is funded by grants and donations through the Long Beach Police Foundation. The goal of the Long Beach Police Department YLA is to promote positive leadership skills that youths can use in their daily lives. There is no cost for those that attend. The academy is held during the summer, spanning a two-week period, for a total of 8 days. The curriculum will consist of approximately 64 hours of instruction and center on topics such as leadership, conflict resolution, and the judicial system.
The academy is offered to youth between the ages of 14 to 17 years, who may be referred to the program by school officials, the police department and other law enforcement partners. The youth will be required to submit an application and be selected based on need and compatibility with the program.
The academy is coordinated and facilitated by three Juvenile Investigations Detectives, who will serve as the primary role models and mentors for the academy attendees.
In order to provide an excellent program, we seek private motivational speakers and facilitators from organizations such as California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), Embassy Consulting Group, and State and Federal agencies.
The academy also partners with the Health Department to provide training related to nutrition, fitness and general health. Lunch will be provided daily for the academy attendees.
The Youth Leadership Academy provides youths with a skill set that will help them be leaders in their communities. It is believed that YLA will help these youth stay away from the negative aspects of society and instead allow them to become positive role models in the community. Through discussion, activities, and self-assessment, YLA seeks to strengthen and encourage the youth of today to become great leaders of tomorrow.