Michigan Youth Leadership Academy (MiYLA™)


The Michigan Youth Leadership Academy (MiYLA) provides students, ages 14-15, with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The students spend five days at the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing, where they receive instruction from officers from their hometown police department and the MSP. MiYLA forms a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust, benefitting the students, the law enforcement officers and the community.

During the academy, students are provided with clothing to wear throughout the week and take home. Prior to graduation, students perform a community service project in their hometown, such as a neighborhood clean-up effort or packaging items at a local food pantry. A graduation ceremony for each class is held in the hometown and includes representatives from local agencies.

2020 Schools Cancelled due to COVID-19 *Updated 4/8/2020
Alpena Post Area (All girls)
Lapeer City (All Boys)
Kalamazoo City (All Boys)


Students experience physical activity, military drill, water safety, interviewing skills, alcohol and drug awareness, gang awareness, domestic violence awareness, first aid, leadership, public speaking, and other team and character-building exercises. The students also tour Michigan State University, the State Capitol, and participate in teambuilding exercises.


Students meet with a law enforcement mentor both individually and in a group setting to help strengthen relationships between youth and law enforcement. The student to staff mentoring ratio is 3:1.


The MSP partners with several local organizations to identify potential students for MiYLA. Students are recruited by MSP community service troopers as well as officers from the local police department.

MiYLA™ Recruiters

Tpr. Ashley Simpson, Community Service Trooper (Alpena School)
Michigan State Police
Alpena Post #74
​3283 West Washington Avenue
Alpena, MI 49707
Office: 989-354-4101

Tpr. Gerald Bockhausen, Community Service Trooper (Lapeer School)
Michigan State Police
Lapeer Post #34
975 S. Main Street
Lapeer, MI 48446
Office: 810-664-2905

Tpr. Jacob Bailey, Community Service Trooper (Kalamazoo School)
Michigan State Police
Paw Paw Post #51
43255 60th Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Office: 269-657-5551

The MSP has hosted the MiYLA since 2005.  As of July 2019, 1,219 students have attended, representing the cities of Benton Harbor, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, Detroit, Flint, Houghton Lake, Inkster, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Niles, Pontiac, Saginaw, and Ypsilanti.  This program is supported by Byrne Justice Assistance Grant #2019-MU-BX-0061, awarded by the Bureau of Justice of Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and administered by the MSP.