Youth Academy




This upcoming summer, the Edwardsville Police Department will be hosting its annual Youth Academy.

The academy is a unique and exciting program developed to provide young boys and girls, ages 12 through 16, with a positive summer experience that is fun, challenging, and informative. The Youth Academy was founded on the principles of citizenship, responsibility, and knowledge. The primary focus of the Youth Academy Program is to bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while exposing them to activities that provide physical fitness, confidence building, team building, and the development of leadership skills. Some summer activities could include:

  • Citizenship Class
  • Community Service Project
  • CPR – First Aid
  • Eagle Crest High Challenge Course
  • Eagle Crest Team Challenge Course
  • Land Navigation Skills
  • Leadership Class
  • Multi-Mile Hike
  • Presidential Fitness Testing
  • Problem Solving
  • Swimming at Raging Rivers Water Park
  • Ultimate Challenge
  • Physical Fitness
  • Classroom Instruction

The Youth Academy is an intense two-week long leadership program that requires daily attendance. The Youth Academy meets Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s School gymnasium, located at 1802 Madison Avenue, Edwardsville, IL.

The Youth Academy will conclude with a graduation/awards banquet on Friday, June 17th, at 6:30 p.m.  

2022 Youth Academy Dates:

Dates: June 5 – June 16, 2023

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Applications will be accepted after March 6, 2023, on a first come first serve basis. Priority will be given to students attending Edwardsville Public or Parochial Schools. The applicants prior conduct will be taken into consideration. Space is limited to 25 participants.  Each participant should anticipate bringing a sack lunch and a drink each day. 

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $75.00. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Youth Academy.

Click HERE for the application.

Edwardsville Police Youth Academy

Public Safety Building

333 S Main Street

Edwardsville, IL 62025

For additional information about the Youth Academy, please contact any of the following officers who are assigned to the School Resource Officer Division of the Edwardsville Police Department:

Youth Academy Coordinator

School Resource Officer Coordinator

Sergeant Matt Evers

Edwardsville High School

School Resource Officer Rick Thompson

Edwardsville High School

School Resource Officer John Arendell

Liberty Middle School

School Resource Officer Joy Davis

Edwardsville Police D.A.R.E.

Officer Ryan Grimes

Edwardsville Police D.A.R.E.

Officer Jarrod Sprinkle