LANSING, Mich. A group of teenagers has graduated from the Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy.
The 18 young men were recognized at a ceremony on Friday.
During the weeklong academy, officers from the state police and Oakland County sheriff's department served as mentors and classroom instructors. The training was held in Lansing.
The academy is designed to inspire teens to recognize their potential and be leaders in their communities.
The program included a tour of the state Capitol and opportunities for the teens to write letters of support to soldiers and letters of appreciation to their families.
The Michigan State Police has been running the academy since 2005.
To date, 830 teens have attended, representing the cities of Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac and Saginaw.