Is there a young girl in your life who has aspirations to serve her community through public safety? Applications are now open for girls to participate in a hands-on camp that will give them an introduction of both police officers and firefighters jobs.
Aspire Academy is a unique camp in collaboration with the Girl Scouts and will allow young girls to participate in a variety of activities that work to build leadership, self-confidence and respect through teamwork. Attendees will be paired up with Central Arizona’s bravest women in a four-day, three-night fully immersive program.
The camp will be held Oct. 14-17. The girls will be lodging at Parsons Leadership Center in South Phoenix and transported to the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center (GRPSTC), the same facility where men and women begin their fire and law enforcement careers.
Girls will gear up and work alongside both men and women of the Glendale police and fire departments to learn tactics used on the job including hose lays, rappelling, mock crime scene investigations and shooting at their virtual shooting range.
“The camp itself is to introduce young ladies to the opportunities that both the police and fire department present to them,” said Glendale fire captain Ashley Losch.
To date, women make up 12% of the Glendale Police Department and 5% of the city’s fire department.
“We want to show them that not only they could become police officers or firefighters but we also want to give them the confidence to move forward in their lives and do whatever it is that they want to do,” Losch added.
Applications close on Sept. 29. The fee for the camp is $125, but scholarships are available.
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