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FBI Teen Academy program

Since October 2009, the Cincinnati FBI Office has led an FBI Teen Academy program at Columbus Global Academy, a Columbus City School District school primarily for recent immigrants and refugees who have limited English proficiency. This year, FBI special agents and professional staff led a session of the Academy each month during the school's Club Day activities, with approximately 20 students from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America participating. Students learned about the Bureau’s history and structure, violent crime program, evidence response and recovery, online safety, and investigative techniques. In late April 2010, students were taken on a tour of the FBI’s Columbus Resident Agency by Joint Terrorism Task Force Supervisor Steve Flowers. During the tour, Special Agents Todd Warner and Mike Harey, SWAT, demonstrated their equipment and discussed different weapons and tools they have available for operations. For many of these students, the FBI Teen Academy is the first positive exposure they have had to law enforcement in the U.S. or their native country. The program was very well received by students, teachers, and administrators, and the Cincinnati Office will continue its relationship with the school.


Norfolk FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres, Alumni Association President D.R. Thrush, FBI Community Outreach Unit Chief Brett Hovington, Alumni Association VP Robert Spadaccini

The FBI Norfolk Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association held its first annual Law Enforcement Luncheon in April to foster teamwork between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. Shown above, left to right, are Norfolk FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres, Alumni Association President D.R. Thrush, FBI Community Outreach Unit Chief Brett Hovington, and Alumni Association Vice-President Robert Spadaccini.

SSA Hovington and FBI Norfolk ASAC Willie Session

Supervisory Special Agent Hovington and FBI Norfolk Assistant Special Agent in Charge Willie Session prepare to deliver their remarks at the luncheon. More information on this event.

Washington D.C.


Media personality Steve Harvey visited FBI Headquarters 4/30/10 to discuss a new partnership intended to help reach at-risk youth. In June, FBI agents and staff will volunteer as mentors during the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend, a camp for teen boys growing up without father figures. The event, which is held Father’s Day weekend at Harvey’s ranch in Little Elm, Texas, helps youth become leaders in their communities, and emphasizes the importance of making smart life choices at an early age.

In addition to working with youth, FBI staff and representatives from the Dallas Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association will host a Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) for the boys’ mothers that will focus on gang involvement and cyber safety. Through their involvement, volunteers hope to generate excitement about career and internship opportunities within the Bureau.


Chicago Citizens' Academy visit FBI range

Chicago Citizens’ Academy participants celebrated their graduation with a day at the FBI range, where they watched demonstrations (including one by this Bureau helicopter) and fired weapons.

Chicago ASAC Arthur L. Everett with Citizens' Academy graduate

A Chicago Citizens’ Academy graduate talks with Chicago Assistant Special Agent in Charge Arthur L. Everett.

San Juan

Community Outreach San Juan

Journalist Keishla Rolón was worried that navigating the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy in a wheelchair might slow her down. But thanks to support from FBI staff, she kept pace with her classmates and exceeded her own expectations. Full story.

In cities across the country, FBI staff and FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni members took to the streets on 8/3/10 to participate in the 27th Annual National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” This year, FBI staff in multiple field offices, including Buffalo, Birmingham, Milwaukee, Chicago and Springfield, participated in the event, distributing Child ID Kits and other crime prevention materials. The National Night Out campaign is intended to promote neighborhood spirit and positive relationships with law enforcement, as neighborhoods come together to heighten awareness for drug and crime prevention and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and vigilant. In 2009, more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states participated in the event. At this year’s event in Birmingham, the Citizens’ Academy chapter distributed materials to more than 500 children and their families (shown above).


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