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2017 Youth Leadership Academy

Recruit Class #11

Monday June 26th – Friday June 30th, 2017

2017 itineraries and additional information will be coming shortly

Mission Statement

To enable dedicated youth to become decisive, caring, and disciplined leaders in a challenging environment. Also, to instill confidence and courage through hands-on adventure, survival and physical training, while fostering in each the moral integrity and flawless character required of responsible citizens and future leaders.


The Mahwah Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a week long summer program dedicated to developing the leadership potential of current middle and high school students. YLA provides participants with a challenging and meaningful adventure camp experience while building an understanding of small group leadership techniques, leadership ethics, team work, problem-solving and effective communication.  

Youth Leadership Academy
It’s not how many hours you put into each day,
but what you put into each hour that counts
— Motto of the YLA

Staff to student ratio

Recruit health and safety is our primary concern. The staff consists of Police Officers from the Mahwah Police Department and hand selected Interns from area colleges providing each camper with a safe and rewarding experience. The Staff-to-Student ratio is 1:15 or better to ensure maximum supervision. We have access to emergency care 24 hours a day and trained Emergency Medical Technicians on staff to provide immediate first aid care.

Location / date / times

This year, the Youth Leadership Academy will be held from Monday, June 26th to Friday, June 30th. Drop off for the 1st day will be in the South Lot of Ramapo College, closest to the South Entrance (based upon weather conditions)


The Youth Leadership Academy is open to all Mahwah students, although it is preferred that they successfully complete the Mahwah Junior Police Academy. The Youth Leadership Academy is a continuation of the Junior Police Academy and is designed to continue the students’ training and preparation for becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

The Youth Leadership Academy turns an ordinary summer week in to an extraordinary adventure and turns seemingly unattainable challenges into very achievable successes!

The primary objective of the Youth Leadership Academy is to continue the recruit’s growth process from child to adolescent to adult leader.  The motto of “Respect, Discipline and Honesty” is still the foundation of all daily activities. Team work, communication, and problem solving skills are the core curriculum.

What the Mahwah Youth Leadership Academy Does

The Youth Leadership Academy curriculum consists of Classroom Instruction and Practical Exercises which are designed to develop:

  • Basic Leadership Skills
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Mahwah Youth Leadership Academy Target Audience

The Mahwah Youth Leadership Academy is targeted at students entering the 8th grade and who have completed the first year of the Mahwah Substance Abuse Program and successfully completed The Mahwah Junior Police Academy. Approximately, 200 children participated in the 2016 program.

Participant Cost

The program requires a $300 fee for each participant.

Youth Leadership Academy Leaders:

Commanding Officer/Officer in Charge - TBD
Executive Officer/Director of Operations - Officer David Sinisi
Senior Student Director - Intern Leah Mass
Administrative Support - Det/Lt. Guido Bussinelli


Officer and Intern Support:

Officer David Vega
Officer Gerald Falotico
Intern Paul Castrignano
Intern Joseph Riccie
Intern Jacob Blaustein
Intern Tyler Kennedy
Intern Nicholas Agnello
Intern Jake Ehrhardt
Intern Brianna Thomspon
Intern Tyler Martinez
Intern Olivia Bell
Intern Jake Senchak


Health Director:
Michael Migliaccio

Assistant Health Director:
Officer Matthew Buonocore

Team leaders:

Officer Russell Read            Team # 1    
Intern Connor Walsh           Team # 2    
Intern Jon Blaustein           Team # 3
Intern Khadijah Cox           Team # 4    
Officer Matthew BuonocoreTeam # 5
Intern Brian Hillringhouse       Team # 6    
Officer Greg Lehman           Team # 7
Intern Vinnie Dilandro       Team # 8    
Officer Michael Jack             Team # 9    
Intern Max Mucha        Team # 10
Officer Sean Hayes          Team # 11
Intern Emily Lockwood    Team # 12
Intern Dylan Facchine    Team # 13
Officer Timothy Letavish     Team # 14
Intern Kayaeisha Shaw    Team # 15
Intern Danielle Bach        Team # 16

related statistics

2017 is the 11th Annual Youth Leadership Academy. The program established a strong foundation over the last 10 years as a long term support for police and community relationship building.

  • 106 recruits attended the 1st Annual YLA.
  • 118 recruits attended the 2nd Annual YLA.
  • 138 recruits attended the 3rd Annual YLA.
  • 141 recruits attended the 4th Annual YLA.
  • 165 recruits attended the 5th Annual YLA.
  • 170 recruits attended the 6th Annual YLA.
  • 230 recruits attended the 7th Annual YLA.
  • 240 recruits attended the 8th Annual YLA
  • 230 recruits attended the 9th Annual YLA
  • Approximately 200 recruits attended the 10th Annual YLA

The YLA has raised over $8,000 Dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the MS Society and the MD Research Institute over the past 8 years, donated nearly $4,000 dollars worth of athletic equipment to underprivileged athletic programs, and donated a truck load of food to the Mahwah Center for Food Action.  

  • Each student will be exposed to no less than 20 hours of leadership instruction culminating in a graduation ceremony.