Photo Gallery 8
In an effort to unite community leaders and promote cultural understanding and awareness, the FBI’s Omaha Division recently held an open house for a variety of partners, including the Citizens’ Academy Alumni chapter, the Consul of Mexico, the U.S. Marshals, and others. The event included a bagpipe presentation, martial arts demonstration, and an Ebru Turkish art exhibit. After the success of the initial celebration, Omaha Special Agent in Charge plans to make it an annual event. Shown above (top photo) with SAC Dun is Ly Foster, Alma Reed (Citizens’ Academy Alumni), Sheena Pike, and Annelore Reed, members of the Filipino-American Association of Iowa. Also shown (bottom photo), is FBI Omaha Public Affairs Specialist Sandy Breault, with Hafsa and Ferhat Ozturk of the Niagara Foundation of Nebraska, displaying an Ebru Turkish water painting and Turkish glassware.
The Omaha FBI recently held a Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (or CREST) program with more than 100 members of the Bosnian community in Des Moines, Iowa. Omaha Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun (top photo, at the microphone) helped facilitate the CREST, which included a section on identification of community concerns and group discussions. Also participating was the Omaha FBI Community Outreach Specialist (bottom photo). CREST is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens’ Academy, conducted in partnership with a community group at an offsite location. Participants learn about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI, but the sessions are customized to meet the needs of each group.
Twenty-two Tampa middle school students recently completed the FBI's Junior Special Agent Academy, a six-week program that emphasizes positive life choices. The academy, conducted around the country, is intended to improve school performance and educate students about the role the Bureau plays in their communities. The Tampa program included classroom sessions on FBI priorities, drug prevention, gang prevention, peer pressure, computer safety, and career opportunities. Students also participated in the "Everest Challenge," which began with a classroom presentation about life challenges and healthy choices and ended with students being given the opportunity to apply the concepts they learned by climbing a rock wall.