by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta on Aug. 7 brought in a representative of the Learning for Life’s Exploring career exploration program to the Maple Park Village Board meeting to discuss the posibility of setting up a program with the village’s Police Department.
“Exploring is a career education program for young men and women who are 14 to 20,” said Michael Uchmanowicz of the Three Fires Council.
These programs are delivered in conjunction with various departments, in this case, Maple Park’s Police Department.
“The point of this program is to provide real-world career experiences and develop other skills necessarry for success,” Uchmanowicz said.
Those include life skills, character development and leadership experience.
“We think it would be a good idea to have a program in Maple Park,” Uchmanowicz said. “We have programs set up in Sycamore and Oswego, but nothing in between.”
After the presentation, the board voiced its excitement with the proposed program.
“This sounds like a great idea,” trustee Terry Borg said. “I’m proud of the (police) chief for doing this. It’s another good way to get involved with our local youth.”
The next step for the program is to get the charter set up with the department, or the village, and proceed from there.
“This sounds like a great idea,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “We’ll need to market it and see if we have interest.”