Sixteen young women from Flint graduated from the Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy on Friday.

The week-long academy provided the young women with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The girls spent the week at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing where they received instruction from officers of the MSP, Flint Police Department and Michigan State University Police Department in an effort to form a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust benefiting the young women, law enforcement and their community.