Thursday, May 12, 2022

Township to offer Youth Academy this summer

Teens in Canton Township can attend a unique “summer school” program this year.

The Canton Police and Fire Departments will once again offer the Youth Academy for teens 13 to 17 years old. The academy will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30.

Participants will be provided with lunch and will participate in light physical activity every day, providing an interactive learning experience designed to Teach students about the daily operations of the police and fire departments, including the philosophy of teamwork. The program also works to promote a greater understanding between youth in the community and Canton police officers and firefighters, officials said.

The program will also help students develop life skills that promote safe, smart thinking and decision making, they added.

Individuals attending this free academy will be educated on the police and fire departments operational procedures through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Students will gain personal knowledge of the role of law enforcement in the criminal justice system, as well as the role of firefighters 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,” officials said. Applicants must be Canton residents, ages 13-17, as of June 27, 2022, with no criminal history. Applications will be accepted through May 31 online at

Class size is limited-and participants meeting the minimum requirements will be randomly selected. For additional information, contact Community Relations Ofc. Patty Esselink at (734) 394-5194.