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Youth Leadership Academy

Youth Leadership Academy

The FBI Kansas City Division Youth Leadership Academy is a one-day program that provides high school juniors and seniors with overview of the FBI and teaches them about internships, crime scene analysis, cyber crimes, hostage negotiations, and more. Students are also given a demonstration of FBI SWAT team operations.

The program, which takes place during the summer, is open to any student who will be a junior or senior during the upcoming school year. All students who are 17 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian attend the afternoon portion of the program. The program is not exclusive to students interested in criminal justice—mirroring the diversity of our workforce, any student with an interest in the FBI, what we do, and how a relationship with the FBI can help their school is encouraged to apply.

Students will be evaluated based on their application (GPA, school activities, and community involvement) and essay to determine who will be offered a seat in the class, though none of the above elements will be the sole basis of evaluation. The application process should be taken seriously by all applicants.

The 2015 Youth Leadership Academy is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Area schools are currently being contacted and provided application packets for the program. Students may also request an application packet by e-mailing FBI Public Affairs Specialist Bridget Patton at . All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. April 10, 2015. Students who are selected to participate will be notified by close of business May 15, 2015.

The application and supporting essay can be e-mailed to bridget.patton@ic.fbi.gov or mailed to:

FBI Kansas City
Attn: Public Affairs Specialist Bridget Patton
1300 Summit St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Youth Leadership Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the program only for high school juniors and seniors?

A. Yes, the program has been designed for high school students who will be entering their junior or senior years during the upcoming school year to ensure that they have at least one year remaining in their academic career at the 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 often the first element of the application package that is reviewed by our panelists. This is an opportunity for students to explain why they feel they should be selected to attend the academy and how they think the class will benefit them and their school.

Q. Do students with a 4.0 GPA get a guaranteed seat in the class?

A. No. GPA is not the only method of student evaluation, and 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 them and their school. Applicants should also be well-rounded and able to provide examples of their involvement in school and community activities.

Q. Is a particular GPA required?

A. No. GPA is not the only method of applicant evaluation and a minimum GPA is not required. However, given the competitive nature of the application process, it is advantageous for a student to have a combination of a good GPA, a well-written essay, and involvement in school and community activities.

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.