Michigan Youth Leadership Academy (MiYLA™)



The Michigan Youth Leadership Academy (MiYLA) provides students, ages 14-15, with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The students spend five days at the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing, where they receive instruction from officers from their hometown police department and the MSP. MiYLA forms a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust, benefitting the students, the law enforcement officers and the community.

During the academy, students are provided with clothing to wear throughout the week and take home. Prior to graduation, students perform a community service project in their hometown, such as a neighborhood clean-up effort or packaging items at a local food pantry. A graduation ceremony for each class is held in the hometown and includes representatives from local agencies.

2016 Cities

Inkster, June 20 – June 23, 2016 (All Boys)
Benton Harbor, June 26 – June 30, 2016 (All Boys)


Students experience physical activity, military drill, water safety, interviewing skills, alcohol and drug awareness, gang awareness, domestic violence awareness, first aid, leadership, public speaking, and other team and character building exercises. The students also tour Michigan State University and the State Capitol, and participate in teambuilding exercises.


Students meet with a law enforcement mentor both individually and in a group setting to help strengthen relationships between youth and law enforcement. The student to staff mentoring ratio is 3:1.


The MSP partners with several local organizations to identify potential students for MiYLA. Students are recruited by MSP community service troopers as well as officers from the local police department.

MiYLA™ Recruiters
Trooper Walter Crider (City of Inkster)
MSP Metro Post
14350 West Ten Mile Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel. 248-497-9637

Trooper Mark Kellar (City of Inkster)
MSP Metro Post
14350 West Ten Mile Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel. 313-215-3863

Trooper Maurice Burton (City of Benton Harbor)
MSP Niles Post
1600 Silverbrook Avenue
Niles, MI 49120
Tel. 269-845-0389

The MSP has hosted the MiYLA since 2005.  As of June 2016, 1,064 students have attended, representing the cities of Benton Harbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Flint, Inkster, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac and Saginaw.  This program is supported by Byrne Justice Assistance Grant #2014-MU-BX-1022, awarded by the Bureau of Justice of Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and administered by the MSP.