Aurora For Youth

Aurora For Youth


Purpose: Build stronger relationships within the community and the youth of Aurora.

The Strategy: Model and teach skills that will help youth make good decisions and become future leaders.

ExplorersThe Aurora for Youth (AFY) program supports the needs of the community through community interactions.  

Formed in 2013 as a pro-active, multi-faceted approach to youth issues in the city, programs provide opportunities for APD Officers to interact and connect with youth, allowing both youth and police to see a different side of one another while promoting a cooperative climate in our community.

The Aurora Police Activities Club (APAC) Formed in 2012, APAC Officers engage in ongoing requested activities within schools, parks, recreation centers, sports activities, youth groups, churches, community events and city festivals. Officers interact with youth of all ages through community education and awareness presentations, conducting APD building tours, assisting Boy and Girl Scouts fulfill requirements to obtain badges, participating in career and health fairs, field days and sports camps. Through these connections, APAC Officers focus on modeling character traits such as integrity, goal setting, self-esteem, and responsibility.     


: AFY Officers teach formal curriculum in schools, recreation centers, church youth group and parent/guardian groups. They include:

  • Digital Future Initiative (DFI) is an evidenced based curriculum teaching youth to make healthy choices on social media and in everyday situations. The DFI program goal is to help kids thrive in today’s high-tech world and help them make smart decisions about the role technology plays in their lives. While focusing on kindness, the course provides an understanding of the issues digital media creates, such as the impact of drugs, distracted driving, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and other current issues affecting youth today.
  • Empowering Guide Booklet was produced by the Aurora Police Department in partnership with young adults from various organizations. This booklet was created to educate their peers on things they felt are important and is used with youth groups to discuss youth rights and the rights of law enforcement. The format is small group open discussions allowing youth to express their concerns and provides an opportunity for Officers to answer tough questions they may have. It works well and gives youth a better understanding of why law enforcement handles certain situations and gives us better insight on why youth may react the way they do.
  • The G.R.E.A.T. Program (Gang Resistance Education and Training) is an evidenced based gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. Officers use a 13-week curriculum for middle school youth and a six-week curriculum for elementary school students. Topics include decision making skills, conflict resolution, communication and goal setting.
  • Global Teen Citizen Police Academy (GTCPA) program began in June of 2014 and is offered to High School students each summer for two weeks (half day sessions) in June and in July. Graduates learn more about the daily functions of the police department, get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and how and why they make the decisions they do while performing their duty. Topics covered include the First Amendment, “Shoot Don’t Shoot” Scenarios in the Simulator, Gangs, Internet, Firearms Safety, Patrol, Traffic, SWAT operations & K9 unit. Often graduates of the Academy go on to join the Police Explorer Program. 
  • APD Police Explorer Post 2024 received its charter on Jan. 3, 1981. Youth (ages 14 to 20) interested in exploring a career in Law Enforcement and/or serving their community attend a 16-week Academy (every Saturday January-April). The Academy offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system