Sanford Youth Academy

The Sanford Youth Academy is a week-long summer program for boys and girls in rising seventh grade who are enrolled in Lee County Schools.

The program will offer insight into the City's first response departments, including the Sanford Police Department and Sanford Fire Department, as well the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Sanford Golf Course, the City's Human Resources department, and Sanford Public Works.

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. 
Lunch and a snack will be provided each day. Participants will engage in positive learning experiences and learn about future career opportunities.

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. 

How much does Academy cost?

This camp is being offered at no cost to participants. Transportation to/from East Lee Middle School is not provided.

To apply: