The APD Youth Leadership Program (YLP) welcomed the parents of this year's summer camp participants to "Parents Night" at Dobie Middle School.
Highlights of this preview of the camp, which is offered free of charge for one month, included an overview of each week of camp and presentations by camp participating organizations - Frost Bank, Travis County Underage Drinking Program, Share-Art-Heal, Phoenix House, Austin Humane Society, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, African-American History in Texas Center, Police Activity League, Texas Department of Transportation, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
The APD National Night Out Kick-off Celebration is back! Saturday, October 1st marked its return, and the APD Office of Community Liaison hosted the event at the Austin Police Blue Santa Warehouse. Block party leaders came from all over Austin to pick up their "Swag Bags," and they made the rounds to a variety of community outreach tables manned by a formidable group of community service agencies. City of Austin dignitaries welcomed the crowd, and food, entertainment, and good conversation were had by all.
Guess where we've been! Austin Police Department Office of Community Liaison Summer Fun.
Memories from Summer 2022 APD Office of Community Liaison Youth Leadership Camp
2022 Austin Pride Parade! The energy and enthusiasm were through the roof as he LGBTQ community celelebrated - freedom from fear, inclusion, empathy and loving kindness. Truly an extravaganza showcasing those qualities that are best about Austin
The APD Youth Leadership Program travelled to Corpus Christi and stayed on board the USS Lexington
Ret. APD Officer Eric Oakmon, whose diligent fundraising for the APD Youth Leadership Program paid for everyone's trip (Adult Chaperones and camper) to us all to THANK YOU OFFICER OAKMON!
85 middle and high schoolers attended this free summer program and saw it all the way through. Their reward? The satisfaction of having spent a good portion of their summer engaged in discovering and developing the kind of skills and knowledge necessary to become successful leaders, and adults. Moreover, they earned the respect of their parents, peers, and program mentors. Retired officer Eric Oakmon, the APD Office of Community Liaison, and a giving community of private and public organizations, and philanthropic individuals, in a truly collaborative effort, came together to provide a personal development experience: a two month leadership program, designed to empower teens ages 12 to 17 years of age, by helping them develop the personal tools to create an exciting future. Program attendees constructively used their summer break from school to develop leadership skills, but only after taking to heart the fact that in order to be leaders, they must be good stewards of themselves, first Self mastery, first, then leadership, was this summer's constant refrain, and in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment that used a variety of fun and challenging projects, activities, workshops and discussions, program attendees were encouraged to develop self-confidence and self-mastery and to lead by example. Retired APD Officer Eric Oakmon, the originator and a fourteen year veteran of this youth leadership program, in collaboration with Austin Independent School District's, Dobie Middle School, strives each year to pull together summer youth programming for what has been an annual average of up to 120 attendees since the program's inception - Programming that continues to keep Austin's youth out of trouble and heading towards the bright future that is their birth right. Many thanks to officer Oakmon and the Austin Police Department for continuing to provide this strong community program for Austin youth.
Take a look at the first week of the APD Community Liaison Corporation's Youth Leadership Camp.
Eva Martinez began her journey with the Austin Police Department Summer Youth Leadership Program her Fourth Grade year and remained a dedicated student within our program. She also exuded a great sense of leadership abilities and knowledge to lead her peers when performing assignments, tasks and special service projects. Eva has an infectious spirit which made her a perfect candidate to be our program Teen Leader Captain with all the leader duties to keep the group informed and on task. Through our relationship with the City of Austin Emerging Leader Program Eva was selected to participate as a summer intern to be paid summer COA employee. This program provided her great opportunity to make money to help her single parent mother with the needs of their family. We here at the Austin Police Department wish her nothing but the best that life has in store for her and her future.
Graduate Brian Benitez graduated from KIPP Collegiate Austin High School. Brian began his journey with the Austin Police Department Summer Youth Leadership Program his Seventh Grade year and proved his dedication to the program goals and objectives by exemplifying strong leadership skills and ability. Every summer Brian was a key lead in logistics for our summer program he along with a crew of students had the responsibilities of setting up hydration stations, food /snack stations, equipment and uniform inventory and issuance to name a few of his unlimited duties. Brian performed his duties and carried himself with excellence. We are proud of Brian and his accomplishments and applaud his love for our program and his family. We wish him nothing but the best in his pursuit of education and a career.
Because of Covid-19, the APD Youth Leadership Camp and its partner AISD is adapting to social distancing needs by presenting camp units online using virtual technology, such as Google Classes. Camp is expected to begin June 1st and will include presentations by Jet Baker and his nonprofit, Share, Art, Heal.
"K9s Saving K9s" event in benefit of Forgotten Friends Mixed Breed Rescue. APD Office of Community Liaison, Saturday, 4.27.19
SALT members from all over Austin gathered together on September 7th to meet with police officers to discuss ways of staying safe.