Youth Leadership Program Kicks Off at Gillette Stadium
FOXBOROUGH, MA—The FBI National Academy Associates, New England Chapter, in cooperation with the Foxborough Police, the New England Patriots, the FBI Boston Division, LexisNexis, and Dean College, kicked off its inaugural Youth Leadership Program today at Gillette Stadium.
Twenty-six participants are enrolled in the program, which is designed to benefit the young people and future leaders from throughout New England. As a primary sponsor, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots invited the participants to Gillette Stadium for an orientation and welcome to the program.
“I have always believed that empowering our youth and providing them with the resources to be our future leaders is the best investment anyone could ever make,” said New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “My family and I are proud to team up with Chief Baker and the Foxborough Police Department to support the learning and development of leadership throughout this program. High character, good ethics and selflessness are all traits that the players on each of our five Super Bowl championship teams have embodied and are the same traits these individuals will learn during this week’s Youth Leadership Program. We sincerely enjoyed welcoming these future leaders to Gillette Stadium.”
Over the course of the week, the participants will learn about law enforcement’s role in the justice system, building rapport with others, finding common ground between public safety officials and the communities they serve, personal and financial responsibility, resume and interview skills, social media best practices, and leadership. The students will also visit the Dean College campus and observe a Jayhawk demonstration by the United States Coast Guard.
“In an effort to set up our future leaders for success, the FBI is proud to partner with the Foxborough Police Department, the New England Patriots, and the FBI NAA of New England on a program that is geared toward fostering leadership skills, cultural awareness, and career paths for today’s teens,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Boston Division. “With a mix of forensics, fitness, and fun, students will walk away from this week with an awareness of the core values and training needed for specific careers with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Additionally, it's our hope that they'll gain a greater understanding of the FBI’s mission and role as an intelligence and criminal investigative agency. Through various hands-on activities and presentations, I’m confident the students will build upon their knowledge and skills to go back to their communities and be positive role models for their peers.”
Said Denise Roy, FBI National Academy, New England Chapter and Chief of Merrimack, N.H. Police: “It is encouraging to see the excitement and passion these young adults have to enhance their leadership abilities, which will be offered through this extraordinary training. As a member of the New England Chapter of the FBI National Academy, I am proud of the effort these candidates displayed to be selected. I look forward to seeing the end result.”