Sanford Youth Academy

The Sanford Youth Academy is a week-long summer program for boys and girls in rising sixth through eighth grades who live within Sanford’s city limits.

The program will offer insight into the City's first response departments, including the Sanford Police Department and Sanford Fire Department.

What can youth expect from the Sanford Youth Academy?

 Youth who participate in the program will have the chance to:
  • Explore the City's first response departments 
  • Participate in hands-on activities each day 
  • Practice conflict resolution 
  • Develop leadership skills. 
Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided each day. Participants will also visit the Sanford Municipal Golf Course and Raleigh Exec Jetport to engage in positive learning experiences.

Who will work with Academy participants?

Each day, youth will interact directly with law enforcement, firefighters, and other professionals. Instructors are experienced police officers, fire fighters, Sheriff’s deputies, and instructors who provide vital services to residents in Sanford and/or Lee County.

How are participants chosen?

The selection process attempts to reflect a balanced representation of the various races and cultural groups with Sanford. This includes males and females, as well as individuals from various ethnic, civic, and cultural groups. Sanford City Council will make the final decision.

How much does Academy cost?

This camp is being offered at no cost to participants. Transportation to/from the City each day is not provided.

To apply:


Registration is closed for the 2017 program. Registration will open in Spring 2018 for the July 2018 program.