The Willimantic Police Department and Windham PRIDE are happy to announce that we will be offering two tracks of our 4th annual Summer Youth Leadership Academy. The first Academy will be held for youth entering grades 9-12 in the upcoming academic year and will run from July 8-12. The second Academy is for youth entering grades 7-8 and will run from July 30-August 2nd. These are full day programs that take place at the Windham Town Hall, Bellingham Auditorium and include field trips such as to the State Capitol with the high school group. The programs are free of charge and include breakfast and lunch.
This has become an extremely successful program. Many of the youth who graduate from the high school age Academy have become members of the Windham PRIDE Youth Council, and others are leading in other ways through their sports teams, in their schools and in the community. Since youth come from different schools, they have the opportunity to develop new relationships as well as positive bonds with members of our local law enforcement. Designed by the Willimantic Police Department, the two Summer Youth Leadership Academies have become a signature program in our community. Seeing the outcome of this program over the years helped to foster a spark for Windham PRIDE to collaborate with others this past spring to run a Windham Youth Leadership Summit at Eastern Connecticut State University. We are so proud of the youth and look to continue fostering and drawing upon the many gifts that our youth bring to their schools and community.
It should be noted that the Summer Youth Leadership Academy can be taken once as a middle school aged student and once as a high school student as the curriculum is repeated each year. Some of our youth come back as guest speakers for the new participants and serve in different capacities throughout the year.
Attached is an informational flyer, description of each of the sessions, application and waiver forms in both Spanish and English. Applications can be turned in directly to the Willimantic Police Department (attn: Lt. Douglas Glode) or to SRO Rivera at Windham Middle or Windham High Schools. Please feel free to contact me at the number below should you have any questions. Lt. Glode's contact number is: 860-465-3135 xt.1284.
*Note: The attached waiver is used for both the high school and Jr. Academy. These programs tend to fill quickly, so please return forms early to enroll.