2019 FBI Portland Teen Academy
Application Period Now Open
The FBI’s Portland Field Office is now accepting applications for this summer’s weeklong, immersive FBI Teen Academy experience. Current Oregon high school sophomores and juniors (those entering their junior and senior years in the fall of 2019) are eligible to apply.
Acceptance into the academy is competitive—just 30 spots are offered to students from across Oregon. The goal is to bring together a diverse cross-section of young leaders from rural, suburban, and urban areas who represent a variety of ethnic, religious, and academic backgrounds. This diversity allows the students to learn to appreciate and value our inherent differences as humans while challenging them to take a critical look at the issues facing our shared communities.
“My experience at the FBI Teen Academy in 2018 was something that will stick with me forever. I met a lot of new people that shared their stories with me, I stepped out of my comfort zone, and it pushed me to go after what I want,” said Sierra, who came from a suburban Portland school.
Students will have many opportunities to take part in hands-on activities with the FBI’s specialty teams, including the Evidence Response Team and emergency medical technicians. Experts in constitutional law, community policing, violence prevention, gangs, and cyber safety will engage the participants in discussions of how they can help their communities thrive. FBI fitness instructors will work with the students each day, challenging them to better their physical selves with a focus on safe and healthy behaviors.
Carmen, now a senior at a rural Oregon high school said this: “This was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had—I am so grateful to have had the opportunity”
The academy also helps students look forward—whether that includes a possible career in law enforcement or something else entirely.
“The FBI Teen Academy has really shaped my hope and confidence for my future and pursuing a career with the FBI, which I am forever thankful for,” said Adriauna, now a senior at a central Oregon high school.
Students will have the chance to interact with and learn from FBI employees as well as other law enforcement partners and community leaders throughout the week. While some of the students may eventually find a future in law enforcement work, the focus is on letting the teens explore the wide variety of options before them, including higher education, volunteer service, and more. The adult mentors will challenge them to think about the world around them and their place in that world.
The academy is free to participants. Over the course of the week, the students will live in dorms at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem. DPSST, the training academy that serves all of Oregon’s local and state law enforcement and fire departments, offers invaluable assistance to the FBI’s Teen Academy program, including providing the room and board for the participants, access to the training campus, and some of the instructors.
Other organizations that support our efforts include the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of graduates of the FBI’s Citizens Academy program; the Oregon Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, a group of senior local law enforcement officers from around the state who attended the FBI’s National Academy leadership training program in Quantico, Virginia; the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association; and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police. These co-sponsors help to provide uniforms for the students, act as guest instructors, and work as mentors.
Applications for the 2019 FBI Portland Teen Academy are due by May 15, 2019.