The City of Iowa City Police and Fire Departments, along with the Johnson County Ambulance Services, have collaborated to sponsor youth career academies this summer for students who may be interested in becoming police officers, firefighters, or paramedics. Three separate academies, geared toward different age groups in grades 5 through 12, are scheduled.

Elementary and Junior High Academies

An Elementary Academy for students who have completed grades 5 or 6 in 2016 is scheduled July 5-6. Students who have completed grades 7 or 8 will be eligible to attend the Junior High Academy, scheduled July 13-14. Both programs are designed to teach youth about local public safety agencies and the work they perform in the community. The academies will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iowa City Police Substation, 1067 Hwy 6 East in Iowa City.

Senior High Academy / Learning for Life Academy

The Senior High Youth Academy is scheduled for the week of July 18-22. Students who have completed grades 9 through 12 may participate in the program to learn about public service careers and the types of work they entail. Participants will meet at the Iowa City Police Substation, 1067 Hwy 6 East in Iowa City. Training will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. all five days.

After completion of the Senior High Academy, students will have the option to continue their training through the Johnson County Public Safety Learning for Life Leadership Academy, which operates throughout the school year. Student cadets will attend monthly meetings to further investigate careers in public safety as well as to build leadership and life skills. The group will also complete community service projects. In addition to the Police and Fire Departments and Johnson County Ambulance Services, other community partners in this program include The Dream Center, Learning for Life, and Diversity Focus.

To sign up for academies

There is no charge to participate in any of the youth summer academies -- elementary, junior high, or senior -- although pre-registration is required and space is limited. Lunch will be provided each day as part of the program.

To apply, visit the Iowa City Police Department web page at for an application and release waiver. Completed applications should be mailed or dropped off to the Iowa City Police Department at 410 E. Washington Street in Iowa City by 5 p.m. on June 30.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention / Community Relations Officer A. Hayes at or 319-356-5273.

Date of publication

Wednesday, May 18, 2016