Explorer Program

Exploring is a worksite-based program and part of the Learning for Life career education program for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old (and have completed 8th grade).

Many of our Explorers have gone on to become police officers in Riverside and surrounding communities, or have become adult leaders helping with our program.
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Purpose of Explorer Program


The purpose of Exploring is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

About the Program


Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations, like Riverside Police Department, initiate a specific Explorer Post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps today's youth pursue their special interests, growth, and development.

Exploring programs are based on 5 areas of emphasis:
  • Career opportunities
  • Life skills
  • Service learning
  • Character education
  • Leadership experience
For more information on the Explorer Program email Officer in Charge Brian Greenenwald or call him at 708-447-2127.