Openings are available in three youth career academies being offered this summer for students interested in learning about becoming police officers, firefighters, or paramedics. Registration runs through July 1, 2016.

The academies, coordinated by the City of Iowa City Police and Fire Departments and Johnson County Ambulance Service, are geared toward students who completed grades 5-12 this year. Each program is designed to teach area youth about local public safety agencies, the work they perform in the community, and the types of careers that are available in these fields. 

Elementary and junior high academies 

An Elementary Academy for students who completed grades 5 or 6 in 2016 is scheduled July 5-6. Students who completed grades 7 or 8 will be eligible to attend the Junior High Academy, scheduled July 13-14. 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 

For five days, from July 18-22, students who completed grades 9 through 12 may participate in the Senior High Youth Academy. The first day of the academy will be held at the Iowa City Police Department at 410 E. Washington Street. For the remainder of the week, 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 who will be in high school this fall will have the option to continue their training through the Johnson County Public Safety Learning for Life Leadership Academy, a newly established program that will operate throughout the school year. Student cadets will attend monthly meetings to continue to investigate careers in public safety and 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 new program include The Dream Center, Learning for Life, and Diversity Focus. 

To sign up for the academies 

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

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 Ashten Hayes at crime-prevention@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5273.

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