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Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academies (MSPYLA)

Youth Leadership Academy Boys MSPYLA Girls

The Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy (MSPYLA), which is hosted by the Michigan State Police (MSP), provides teens ages 15-16 with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The teens will spend the week at the MSP Training Academy, in Lansing, where they will receive instruction from officers from their hometown police department in an effort to form a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust, benefiting the teens, law enforcement officers, and their community.

The Michigan State Police has experienced unprecedented community partnership building with the success of the MSPYLA program. With the recent success of the MSPYLA, there has been a surge of interest from communities that want to repeat or become first time participants as community partners.

Apply now for the 2014 Academies


Michigan Department of Education supports the MSPYLA curriculum as it relates to the Social Studies state education requirement. The students will receive forty-hours that focus on character education's core ethical values Responsibility, Respect and Trust. The MSPYLA focuses on providing a structured and disciplined life skills curriculum for youth 15-16 years enrolled in schools within the "Cities of Promise." The MSPYLA curriculum promotes core ethical values as the basis of healthy relationships and good character.

2014 Academy Dates

Detroit Boys

June 22-26

Detroit Girls

July 27-31

Flint Boys

Aug. 3-7

Saginaw Boys

July 20-24

Saginaw Girls

Aug. 10-14

MSPYLA Staffing

The student/staff 5:1 ratio supports the mission of the MSPYLA. The staff will consist of primarily police officers from the local and county law enforcement jurisdiction. School security officers can be assigned to support staffing requirement.

Contact Us

For more information, please download our Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy Flyer. Have questions? Contact your local Community Service Trooper (CST):

Trooper Walt Crider
Michigan State Police Metro Post (City of Detroit)
Phone: (248)584-5740

Trooper Joshua Dirkse
Michigan State Police Flint Post (City of Flint)
Phone: (810)732-1111

Trooper Joseph McMillan
Michigan State Police Tri-City Post (City of Saginaw)
Phone: (989)495-5555

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