Summer Youth Program


The Summer Youth Program (SYP) started in 1980 in an effort to get police and youth together in a positive non- threatening atmosphere.   The SYP provides 200 Moorhead youth between ages 8-12 a chance to gather with mentors from the Police Department, community, youth services and schools for lunch, an educational presentation and recreational activities once a week from noon to 4 pm. The program is designed for Moorhead youth who are not participating in other summer programs (drama, baseball, softball, etc.) and need activities to occupy their summer days. We want kids who will be able to attend most, if not all, of the activities.

Our Summer Youth Program will be in-person this summer.  We will be following the CDC's COVID-19 guidelines as well as any requirements by the State of Minnesota.  We are making accommodations this year to help ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.  This year's program will be held primarily at M.B. Johnson Park (3601 11 St N) in north Moorhead.  We will remain outdoors and will bring the fun to the park.  Kids will split up into six groups and each group will rotate around to six different activity stations.  We will be taking field trips to the Red River Zoo and Thunder Road Amusement Park.  Check out the complete Summer Youth Program Schedule.   

Each participant will receive a t-shirt which must be worn each week. Participants are expected to behave and have loads of fun!

The program is offered free of charge. Money to fund the program comes from a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs. Children must be 8 years of age at the time of registration and can be no older than 12 years of age.

Registration Information

Openings in the program remain.  A parent or legal guardian must register their child.  Come with your child to the Law Enforcement Center at 911 11 St N between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Space is limited to the first 200 kids who sign up.  

For more information please contact the Youth Service Coordinator at 218.790.4054.