Youth Academy




This upcoming summer, the Edwardsville Police Department will be hosting its annual Youth Academy.

The academy is a unique and exciting program developed to provide young boys and girls, ages 12 through 16, with a positive summer experience that is fun, challenging, and informative. The Youth Academy was founded on the principles of citizenship, responsibility, and knowledge. The primary focus of the Youth Academy Program is to bridge the gaps between law enforcement and youth while exposing them to activities that provide physical fitness, confidence building, team building, and the development of leadership skills. Some summer activities could include:

  • Citizenship Class
  • Community Service Project
  • CPR – First Aid
  • Eagle Crest High Challenge Course
  • Eagle Crest Team Challenge Course
  • Land Navigation Skills
  • Leadership Class
  • Multi-Mile Hike
  • Presidential Fitness Testing
  • Problem Solving
  • Swimming at Raging Rivers Water Park
  • Ultimate Challenge
  • Physical Fitness
  • Classroom Instruction

Activities are subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions or mitigations set in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

The Youth Academy is an intense two-week long leadership program that requires daily attendance. The Youth Academy meets Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s School gymnasium, located at 1802 Madison Avenue, Edwardsville, IL.

The Youth Academy will conclude with a graduation/awards banquet on Friday, June 18th, at 6:30 p.m.  Being this is a unique year; a graduation celebration for the participants in not guaranteed, due to COVID-19 restrictions or mitigation set in place or mitigations set in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

2021 Youth Academy Dates:

Dates: June 7 – June 18, 2021

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Applications will be accepted after March 8, 2021, on a first come first serve basis. Priority will be given to students attending Edwardsville Public or Parochial Schools. The applicants prior conduct will be taken into consideration. Space is limited to 25 participants.  Each participant should anticipate bringing a sack lunch and a drink each day. 

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60.00. Refunds WILL be provided to the parents/guardians of participants in the case of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions/mitigations.  

If you wish to apply, please fill out the application (Application Link) and mail it with a check made payable to Edwardsville Police Youth Academy:

Edwardsville Police Youth Academy

Attention: Officer Barb Frolik

Public Safety Building

333 S Main Street

Edwardsville, IL 62025

The coordinator of the 2021 Youth Academy is Officer Barb Frolik. For additional information about the Youth Academy, please contact any of the following officers who are assigned to the School Resource Officer Division of the Edwardsville Police Department:

Youth Academy Coordinator

Lincoln Middle School

School Resource Officer Barb Frolik


School Resource Officer Coordinator

Sergeant Matt Breihan

618-656-7100 ext. 20632

Edwardsville High School

School Resource Officer Rick Thompson

618-656-7100 Ext. 20157

Liberty Middle School

School Resource Officer Joy Davis

618-655-5829 ext: 22111

Edwardsville Police D.A.R.E.

Officer Tony Dietz

Edwardsville Police D.A.R.E.

Officer Jarrod Sprinkle