Community Outreach 

Portland Community Outreach (CREST)

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

Antonia Kreamier

Social Media Outreach

Community Relations Facebook

Virtual Teen Events 

Header image for Portland Virtual Teen Academy information; participants from Portland Teen Academy program

The Portland Field Office is offering a new opportunity for high school students to engage with us during this time of physical distancing: FBI Virtual Teen Events. These sessions allow students to explore the world of law enforcement, to build leadership skills, and to become positive role models in our shared community. Participants must be Oregon high school students in the 2020-2021 school year.

Topics covered can include:

  • FBI careers
  • FBI Honors Internship A
  • voiding risks of online social exploitation
  • “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict”
  • Life as an FBI agent
  • Intelligence: Identifying and prioritizing today’s threats

Teachers or schools who wish to register should contact Community Outreach Specialist Antonia Kreamier at

Teen Academy 

2018 Youth Academy photo collage from FBI Portland

Our Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases.

2020 Teen Academy

The FBI Portland Division is partnering with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) to host the 2020 Teen Academy. Thirty high school students will be selected from across the state to attend the weeklong, in-residence camp in July. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with FBI agents, FBI specialty teams, and local law enforcement graduates from the FBI's National Academy program.

To Apply

Due to COVID-19, the Portland Field Office and its partner, the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards, are unable to hold this year’s academy. Please check back in spring 2021 for details on how to apply for the next session.

Citizens Academy 

Portland 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

FBI ​Portland is currently accepting Citizens Academy nominations.

Application Process

  • Deadline to submit nomination form: Friday, July 16, 2021
  • Selections made: Friday, August 6, 2021
  • If selected to attend, you will be sent an application form, and background check information will be collected. Virtual participants will also be required to go through a background check.
  • If selected, the deadline to complete the application is turned in is Friday, August 13, 2021 

Class Information
The academy will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check-in each Wednesday will be from 5:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Presentations will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Academy will be held at the Portland Division FBI building (9109 NE Cascades Parkway in Portland, Oregon 97220) and virtually via Teams.

Class Dates

  • September 15: Citizens Academy class
  • September 22: Citizens Academy class
  • September 29: Citizens Academy class
  • October 8 (Friday): Range day
  • October 13: Citizens Academy class
  • October 20: Citizens Academy class
  • October 27: Citizens Academy class
  • TBD: Graduation

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.

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.

Chasing the Dragon 

The FBI, in partnership with the DEA, created a short documentary focusing on the crisis of prescription drug and opioid abuse. The film, Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, outlines the dangerous cycle of opioid and prescription drug abuse—how the problem starts, how the addiction takes hold, and how that addiction damages one’s life and body. High school students and all ages above are the target audience for this video and the curriculum/facilitated discussion that accompanies it.


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.

Think Before You Post 

Informational graphic depicting a cell phone texting conversation that states the fact that making hoax threats against schools and other public places is a serious federal crime.

The FBI has an awareness campaign to educate the public about the consequences of making hoax threats of violence to schools, events, and other public places. The Think Before You Post campaign serves to remind everyone that any threat is taken with the utmost seriousness and will be quickly and thoroughly addressed by law enforcement. Hoax threats are not a joke; they are a crime.

In the aftermath of tragic shootings like the ones at Santa Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country often see an increase in threats made to schools, events, and other public buildings. Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, or through email—is a federal crime (threatening interstate communications). Those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, or they can face state or local charges.

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.

Community Awareness Presentations 

The Community Awareness Presentation (CAP) is a shorter, more focused version of the FBI Citizens Academy program and is conducted in partnership with a specific community group, generally at an offsite location. The program is designed to build trust and strengthen relationships between the FBI and the communities we serve. Community groups are encouraged to identify topics that are of concern or relevant to their group or organization for the FBI to discuss. Classes are taught by FBI subject matter experts. Generally the participants are selected by members of their organizations or community and there is no restriction on audience size. To request a presentation, please contact your local FBI field office.

Speaker Requests 

The Portland FBI offers public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the Bureau’s investigative mission. Written requests may be sent via email directly to Community Outreach Specialist Antonia Fabian Kreamier at least six weeks prior to the presentation date. 

When you are submitting the request in writing, make sure to include:

  • Date, time, and location of presentation

  • Approximate number of attendees

  • Specific topic(s) desired