State Police Seeks Flint Teens for Michigan Youth Leadership Academy; Grant Funded Program Encourages Leadership and Character

Contact: Trooper Josh Dirkse, Community Service Trooper and Recruiter 810-733-5869
Agency: State Police

Issued: Feb. 18, 2014 

Flint: The Michigan State Police (MSP) is inviting young men and women, ages 15-16, from Flint to participate in the MSP Youth Leadership Academy this summer. The academy is designed to inspire teens to recognize their potential, be leaders and mentors in their communities, and develop personal character through partnerships with law enforcement. 

There is no charge for the teens to attend the academy, as it is completely funded through Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, #2012-DJ-BX-0109. Interested parents or young persons can sign up online at www.

"The Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy helps to change lives in a positive way, one teen at a time," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.  "With the rise in crime in the city of Flint, this program shows teens there is an alternative to gangs and violence, and it allows law enforcement officers to support and connect with local youth outside of their normal roles as law enforcers.  Young people have the power to make a positive difference in their community and with the lessons taught in this program, they will also have the knowledge and support needed to succeed."

The residential academy provides young men and women with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers.  The young men and women will spend the week at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing where they will receive instruction from officers with the Michigan State Police and Flint Police Department in an effort to form a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust benefiting themselves, law enforcement and their community.

Areas of instruction include: physical training, first aid, ethics, military drill, water safety, presentation skills, leadership and other team and character building exercises. A graduation will be held at the end of the academy in Flint. The MSP has been running the Youth Leadership Academy since 2005.

Flint Boys

      Aug. 3-7

Flint Girls

      Aug. 17-21

Parents are encouraged to sign their children up quickly as spots will fill up fast. We are accepting 20 girls and 20 boys.

Any additional questions can be directed to Trooper Josh Dirkse, Community Service Trooper and Recruiter at the Flint Post, 810-733-5869.