Youth Academy

SESSION DATES:   Monday, June 19 - Friday, June 23, 2017,  daily from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

                       ONLINE APPLICATION                           PRINT PDF APPLICATION 


The Public Safety Department is hosting a one-week summer program for teens 13-17 years old, providing a fun, interactive learning experience designed to:

  • Teach students about the daily operations of the police and fire departments, including the philosophy of teamwork
  • Promote a greater understanding between the youth in our community and Canton's police officers & firefighters
  • Help students develop life skills that promote safe, smart thinking and decision making
Individuals attending this free academy will be educated on the operational procedures of both departments through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Students will gain knowledge on law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system, as well as the firefighter's role of providing emergency services to the community.  Attendees will better understand the training and education required for police officers and firefighters to effectively handle the challenges of their professions.  Attendees  will also have the opportunity to become CPR certified.    

Participants will be provided with lunch and will participate in light physical activity every day. 

Applicants must be Canton residents, age 13-17 (as of June 19, 2017), with no criminal history.   Applications may be submitted either online or paper copies may be dropped off/mailed to:  Canton Public Safety Headquarters, 1150 S. Canton Center Road, in Canton.  Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2017.

Class size is limited.  Participants meeting the minimum requirements will be randomly selected.  For additional information, please contact Community Relations Officer Patty Esselink at 734/394-5194 or pesselink@canton-mi.org.