City of Irving Offers Youth Programs for Student Success
To help Irving’s youth prepare for the future, the city offers numerous opportunities for community and civic engagement. Whether participating in summer camps through the Irving Parks and Recreation Department and Irving Public Library, or learning about local law enforcement and the justice system through the Irving Police Department (IPD), there is no shortage of citywide youth activities.
- North Texas Teen Book Festival: The free festival promotes reading and celebrates both middle grade and young adult (YA) literature. It is hosted by the Irving Public Library, Friends of the Irving Public Library, local school districts, museums, other local libraries and the DFW chapter of the Forever YA Book Club. The event has drawn thousands of students and numerous best-selling YA authors to Irving. For more information on the festival, visit North Texas Teen Book Festival.
- Teen Advisory Board: The Teen Advisory Board of the West Irving Library gives input for books to purchase and programs to offer at the library. For more information, visit Teen Advisory Board.
- Young Adult Action Council (YAAC): YAAC is for teens in grades 9-12 who want to contribute to the library’s teen newsletter and website, brainstorm on ideas to make the library more teen-friendly, earn volunteer hours and attend special events. To join or for more information, visit Young Adult Action Council.
PARKS AND RECREATION
- Irving Youth Action Council (IYAC): The IYAC is a group of teens who work with the Youth Council and the Irving Parks and Recreation Department staff to develop teen-specific programs, activities and events. For more information, visit Irving Youth Council.
- Law Enforcement Explorers: The IPD Law Enforcement Explorer Post No. 252 is a program designed for youth ages 14 to 20 who are enrolled in high school with passing grades and have an interest in law enforcement as a possible career. The program is designed to provide an overview of law enforcement so participants can decide if a police career is the right choice for them. For more information, visit Law Enforcement Explorers.
- Irving Police Athletic League (PAL): Irving PAL was incorporated in 1992 as a nonprofit organization to help students develop self-esteem, discipline and mental courage through a regimented program of physical fitness and exposure to positive role models in a nonthreatening atmosphere. PAL is available to boys and girls ages 8 to 18. For more information, visit Irving Police Athletic League.
- The PRIDE Program: The Positive Role Models In Drug Education (PRIDE) Program is Irving’s antidrug youth program. PRIDE is a joint project of the IPD and the Irving Independent School District. Currently, PRIDE is in 21 public elementary schools that span three different school districts within Irving. For more information, visit Positive Role Models in Drug Education.
- Teen Court: The City of Irving Teen Court program is a legally binding alternative system of justice that offers young offenders ages 10 to 17 an opportunity to make restitution for their offenses through community service, educational classes and jury service. For more information on the program, call (972) 721-3601 or visit Teen Court.