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.
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The San Diego Division is hosting two Teen Academies this summer—one on June 25, 2019 and one on July 23, 2019—and is now accepting applications from high school students currently in 10th or 11th grade (for the 2018-2019 school year) who live in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the FBI Teen Academy
Q. Is there a cost to attend ?
A. No, this and all FBI programs are offered at no cost.
Q. Is the program only for high school students?
A. Yes, the program has been designed for high school juniors and sophomores to ensure that they have at least one year remaining in their academic career at their high school. This enables students to share the information they have learned and serve as peer mentors, when appropriate.
Q. Is the essay important?
A. Yes, the essay is important as it is the first element of the application package that is reviewed by our panelists. This essay offers the review panel insight into the student’s expectations, reasons for attending, and how the student intends to use the information to benefit his or her school and community. A high GPA in absence of a well written essay and vice versa can be problematic.
Q. Do 4.0 students get a guaranteed seat in the class?
A. No student will be assured a seat by GPA alone. All students must submit a well-written essay detailing why they want to attend the academy and how the experience will benefit their school and/or community. Students should list all school activities and community involvement that demonstrate that he or she is a well-rounded student.
Q. Is a particular GPA required?
A. GPA is not the only method of student evaluation and a minimum GPA is not stated; however, given the competitive nature of the application process, it is advantageous for a student to have a combination of a good GPA, well-written essay, school activities, and community involvement.
Q. Does a student have to have specific experience or interest in law enforcement to be a successful candidate?
A. No, a student does not need to be in a criminal justice program, explorers program, ROTC, etc. The primary objective is to identify students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in what the FBI does.
Q. Is this experience similar to an internship?
A. The FBI Teen Academy is not an internship and while students may be offered case studies drawn from adjudicated cases and may be given hands-on experiences in a simulated scenario, students will not be exposed to active cases, day-to-day investigations, or sensitive information.
Q. I love forensic science! Will I get to learn techniques?
A. While students will be exposed to some basic evidence collection techniques during one of the many sessions, the day covers a wide variety of topics from a classroom and experiential perspective as well as concepts that are designed to enhance student awareness of issues such as cybercrime, drugs, gangs, and more.
Questions regarding the San Diego Teen Academy or the application process can be directed to San Diego Community Outreach Specialist Yadira Dickey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism is 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.
The San Diego FBI offers public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the Bureau’s investigative mission. All requests for speakers must be submitted online a minimum four weeks prior to your presentation date. Requests are subject to availability.