IMPD Explorer Program
Adam Yednak of the IMPD Explorer Program (CREDIT: Alex Farris; Indy Star).

Police in the Indianapolis metro area are giving young men and women an opportunity to walk down a path that could shape the rest of their careers.

The IMPD Explorer Program, sponsored by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America, gives those youths a chance to explore a career in law enforcement.

The program is open to those ages 14 to 19 years old, like 19-year-old Adam Yednak.

Yednak was originally headed down a path filled with alcohol, drugs and tons of problems, according to the Indy Starbut Yednak managed to turn things around with the IMPD Explorer Program.

High school guidance counselor Susie Long was meeting with Yednak one day when the idea of the Explorer Program was proposed to him, the Indy Star reported. Long’s husband George helps oversee the program. Yednak ran with the idea.

Susie Long saw the transformation in the previously unmotivated and disheveled young man, who typically wore T-shirts with slogans on them, 19 inches of hair in a ponytail and a full beard. Now, Yednak showed up with a short haircut (he donated his long tresses to Locks of Love, which uses them to create wigs for cancer patients), buttoned shirts and khakis. More than the physical changes, Yednak’s new outlook was apparent, Long recalled.

The immediate change in Yednak’s lifestyle can be attributed to the IMPD Explorer Program, which meets every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the IMPD Explorer Program, please contact Sgt. George Long at (317) 327-3105 or via email at [email protected].

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