Community Outreach 

LAPD Detective Cedric Washington Discusses the Community Impact Initiative

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.

Outreach Specialist

Vanessa Torres
(757) 609-2595
vbtorres@fbi.gov

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Citizens Academy 

Citizens Academy

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.

To Apply

The application period for the 2019 FBI Norfolk Citizens Academy is currently closed. Please check back in September for information on the 2020 class.

Director's Community Leadership Award 

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 Agents in Training 

A member of the FBI Las Vegas Evidence Response Team instructs participants in the 2014 Teen Academy on evidence collection techniques.

Future Agents In Training (FAIT) is a program hosted by FBI Norfolk that works to educate and inform high school students about the mission of the FBI. FAIT gives local youth a better understanding of the FBI and what it takes to keep America safe, highlighting the myriad positions and career paths that work together to uphold our Constitution.

To Apply

FBI Norfolk is currently accepting FAIT applications from students ages 16 to 18 who live within the FBI Norfolk Division’s area of responsibility. The next FAIT Program will be held July 22 - 26, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Students selected for the FAIT Program spend time at the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office and other locations participating in both classroom and hands-on activities. Classes offer insight into a number of topics and specialties, including the importance of making good choices when using online communication platforms, federal law violations the FBI investigates, and ways the FBI works with local, state, and federal law enforcement.
 
Qualifying students who may be thinking about a future career with the FBI and/or law enforcement are encouraged to complete the application and submit by May 3, 2019. Students will be notified of the selections by June 5, 2019.

Junior Special Agent 

Field trips students participate in through the Junior Special Agent Program are meant to be fun—and educational. The emphasis is always on learning.

The 16-week Junior Special Agent Program aims to give fifth- and sixth-graders in disadvantaged neighborhoods the information, skills, and discipline they need to stay away from gangs, drugs, and crime. Students also take a course in civics and learn about the FBI and the ways in which law enforcement helps to serve and protect their communities.

Child ID App 

The Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children on your smartphone (note: no information is stored or collected by the FBI). In the event your child goes missing, users can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, users can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

FBI SOS 

FBI-SOS is a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security. For teachers, the site provides a ready-made curriculum that meets state and federal Internet safety mandates, complete with online testing and a national competition to encourage learning and participation. A secure online system enables teachers to register their schools, manage their classes, automatically grade their students’ exams, and request the test scores.

Anyone—young or old, in the U.S. or worldwide—can complete the activities on the FBI-SOS website. The testing and competition, however, are only open to students in grades 3-8 at public, private, or home schools in the U.S. or its territories.

Countering Violent Extremism 

Screenshot of the Don't Be a Puppet website.

Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremismis an interactive website that uses activities, quizzes, videos, and other materials to teach teens how to recognize violent extremist messaging and become more resistant to self-radicalization and possible recruitment.

The website makes teens aware of the destructive reality of various forms of violent extremism, including hateful attacks based on race, religion, or other factors. Through its Don’t Be a Puppet theme, the program encourages teens to think for themselves and display a healthy skepticism if they come across anyone who appears to be advocating extremist violence.

Adopt-A-School 

The Monarch School’s fifth-grade class took part in the Junior Special Agent Program sponsored by the FBI’s San Diego Division.

The Adopt-A-School Program puts FBI special agents and staff members into local schools to mentor and tutor kids.

In most cases, our volunteers create programs to help kids who are “at risk” or disadvantaged learn how to improve academically and become good citizens. They hope, above all, to show kids how to resist bad influences that could lead them to crime, drug use, gang participation, and violence. It goes without saying that our volunteers respect the privacy of the students and their families, and all information is kept confidential.

CREST 

The FBI CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training) is a shorter, more focused version of the FBI Citizens Academy Program and is conducted in partnership with a specific community group at an offsite location. The program is designed to build trust and strengthen relationships between the FBI and the communities we serve. Classes are taught by FBI executives, senior special agents, and program managers. Participants are selected by members of their organizations or community.

Multi-Cultural Engagement Council 

FBI Agents Working on Computers

The Multi-Cultural Engagement Council is composed of community ethnic, religious, and minority leaders who help the FBI better understand their cultures and committees. The mission of the Multi-Cultural Engagement Council is to provide a trusting environment that allows council members to discuss issues and concerns within their communities.

 

Speaker Requests 

The Norfolk FBI offers public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the Bureau’s investigative mission. All requests for speakers may be submitted online or in writing a minimum of six weeks prior to your presentation date. Requests are subject to availability. 

If submitting a request by mail, please provide the following information:

  • Date, time, and location of the presentation

  • Approximate duration of the presentation

  • Specific topic(s) desired

  • Type of audience (general public, professionals, students, etc.)

  • Deadline for response

  • Point of contact information (name and telephone number)

Requests may be mailed to Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres, 509 Resource Row, Chesapeake, VA 23320.