Opportunity knocks: Feb. 20 registration deadline for Youth Leadership Academy

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MANCHESTER, NH — Spring session of the Manchester Police Department’s Youth Leadership Academy is set for March 3 to April 21 (every Tuesday except St. Patrick’s Day, March 17)  5-7 p.m.  Most classes will be held at the Manchester Police Department’s Community Room, 405 Valley St.

The program includes a tour of the police station and a presentation at 9th Circuit Court in Manchester.

Graduates will receive MPD certificates and individual Resolutions from the Mayor at City Hall on April 21 at 7 p.m. Manchester high school students also receive credit for participation in after-school activities.

For more information on the MPD Youth Leadership Academy contact Manchester Police Department, Community Policing Division, 603-668-8711. Deadline for applications is February 20. The program is free for participants.

About Youth Leadership Academy

Youth Leadership Academy is a program of the Manchester Police Department’s Community Advisory Board targeting young men and women between the age of 15-21. The purpose of the program is to educate participants in the following areas:

  • Concept of diversity and appreciating differences
  • Diversity of Manchester population
  • History of the city of Manchester
  • New Hampshire Judicial System
  • Law Enforcement (Manchester Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc.)
  • Community Policing
  • Community resources and services
  • Importance of education
  • Youth Services
  • Community engagement
  • Basic leadership skills
  • Graduates would be good role models for their peers, and prepared to assume future leadership role in the community


  • Classroom activities (15 hours) mostly held and Manchester Police Department
  • Tour of Manchester Police Department
  • Visit to Manchester Circuit Court that includes presentations by prosecutors and a judge
  • Additional activities such as visits to Police Athletic League and WMUR TV station
  • Providing students with publications relevant to curriculum contents
  • Engaging students in informal social gatherings

YLA is held twice every year, and the plan includes continued education and activities after graduation.

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