The FBI’s Community Outreach Program supports the Bureau’s investigative mission by working to address multiple interrelated societal problems—including crime, drugs, gangs, terrorism, and violence. Linking community service, prevention, and law enforcement is a national trend spurred by grass roots efforts around the country, and FBI employees have joined this movement, volunteering in a wide variety of community-related efforts.
Social Media Outreach
Community Relations (Facebook)
The Citizens Academy is an engaging six-to-eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes meet in the evening at the FBI field office. The mission of the FBI Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.
Candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former Citizens Academy graduates, and community leaders. Participants are selected by the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.
The next FBI Baton Rouge Citizens Academy will be held on Wednesdays from October 4 – November 8, 2023. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2023.
Since 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Awards has been the principal means for the FBI to publicly recognize achievements of individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to education and the prevention of crime and violence in their communities. Each field office nominates an individual or organization for the award, and, once selected, the recipients are invited to a ceremony and reception at FBI Headquarters.
Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy
FBI New Orleans, in partnership with the Tulane University Police Department, will be offering a youth program called Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA). The program will run June 25-30, 2023.
The program is an overnight camp at Tulane University. FLEYA will give 30 Louisiana high school students between the ages of 15 and 17 an inside look at today’s FBI, while simultaneously exposing them to various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and practices. Tulane’s campus provides an environment rich with the significance of education and the encouragement for students to pursue higher education.
Classroom training will be provided on various subjects including: cyber technology, investigative forensics, domestic and international terrorism, civil rights (hate crimes) and more. Information on the FBI Honors Internship Program will also be provided. Law enforcement professionals from the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and local police departments will provide instruction for this unique youth program.
Applications for the 2023 FLEYA are now closed. Please check back in December 2023 for information on the 2024 FLEYA program.
FLEYA Eligibility Criteria
- Student is a United States Citizen residing in the state of Louisiana
- Student is currently enrolled in a Louisiana High School
- Student must be 15 to 17 years old at the time of the Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA), which will be held June 25-30.
- This program is only for current high school students (students graduating high school in the spring 2023, are not eligible)
- Student minimum GPA of 2.7
- Student must complete the entire application
- Student understands they must be present each day of the FLEYA program; no absences during FLEYA
- Completed application and essay must be emailed in PDF form to LouisianaFLEYA@fbi.gov. (Note: No Google Docs or applications requiring a password to access will be accepted)
- Please direct questions about the FLEYA program to LouisianaFLEYA@fbi.gov.