The Essex County Youth Leadership Academy is a non-profit educational service that provides a structured youth diversion program for at risk adolescents 8-15 years of age by providing the necessary skills and tools to enable them to contribute to their communities by example as proactive and positive citizens. This Academy is held for eight weeks during the summer months and free for all participants. There are two age groups: The Junior Academy serves ages 8-11 and the Senior Academy serves ages 12-15. This well-structured and disciplined program uses a wide variety of game and team-building activities which will help develop teamwork and cooperation.
Youth from all cities and towns in Essex County are welcomed. Activities and Safety Programs are educational, fun and are designed for each age group. Courses include CPR, Internet Safety, Bullying, and Drug and Alcohol Awareness. Other activities may include Laser Quest, rock wall climbing and ropes courses.