Summer Youth Academy

The Watsonville Police Youth Academy is a weeklong summer program that allows local teens to gain insights into the work of law enforcement, the various roles and responsibilities of police officers, and a deeper understanding of community policing while exploring diverse career options. 

The program was established in 2022. It strives to create a safe environment for youth to engage in prosocial, educational, and recreational activities during the summer, promote teamwork and positive self-esteem, and provide an opportunity to build positive relationships.  

The Watsonville Police Youth Academy is open to teens between 14 and 18 years old who reside or attend school in the 95076 zip code.  

Next year’s program is scheduled to take place from July 15 - July 19, 2024.   

2023 Watsonville Police Summer Youth Academy Sponsors

  • Watsonville Police Officers’ Association  
  • Watsonville Police Assistance Fund  
  • Elite Transportation Inc.   
  • California Giant   
  • Auto Care Towing  
  • Lakeside Organic Gardens  
  • Chevrolet of Watsonville  
  • Cassidy's Pizza  
  • PKT Welding & Fabrication  
  • Freedom Meat Locker  
  • JV Towing  
  • Martinelli’s  
  • Baked by Cupc8ke   
  • All Things Decor by N & J   
  • Sergeant Radovan Radich   
  • Watsonville Coast Produce   
  • 7-Eleven, Sherry Dang  
  • Sunrise Nursery   
  • Pajaro Valley Printing   
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1716  
  • Santa Fe Market 
  • J & E Property Group, LLC  
  • Griselda Medina  
  • Irma Haas  
  • Fatima’s Fine Jewelry  
  • The Manfre Family   
  • Pacific Cookie Company  
  • Costco  
  • The Santa Rosa Market  
  • Round Table Pizza  
  • Straw Hat Pizza     
  • Bay Federal Credit Union  
  • Super Taqueria