The Michigan State Police are looking for Flint teens for this summer's Youth Leadership Academy.The MSP is looking for both young men and women aged 15-16 for the free academy which is designed to inspire teens to recognize their potential, be leaders and mentors in their communities and develop personal character through partnerships with law enforcement.

Col. Kriste Kibbee Etue, director of the MSP says the academy "helps to change lives in a positive way, one teen at a time" and "with the rise in crime and violence in Flint, this program shows teens there is an alternative to gangs and violence."

Some of the instruction that will take place include physical training, first aid, ethics, water safety, leadership and other team and character building exercises. Dates for Flint boys are August 3-7 and for the girls August 17-21. The MSP is accepting 20 of each for the program. Interested parents or teens can sign up at: www.michigan.gov/mspyla.