“Today’s teens are exposed to a near-constant flow of information from a variety of Internet and social media sources, but it is often difficult to discern which are credible,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica Miller. “The FBI Teen Academy enables students to better understand our investigative role in the communities we serve and provides information and resources to prepare students to better manage their personal safety and that of their families and communities.”
The FBI Sacramento Field Office welcomes applications from any high school junior attending classes—public, private, or homeschool—in one of the 34 counties the office serves. All students are eligible; applicants need not be interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or law. Curiosity about what the FBI investigates and how the FBI serves its community is all that is required to submit an application package.
If selected for the one-day class, students spend the day with FBI personnel engaging in activities and discussions about what the FBI investigates. Classes may include discussions about terrorism, active shooter situations, and color of law and civil rights investigations; participation in controlled evidence response team and bomb techs scenarios; and conversations about online communication and making wise choices in an always-online world. After completing the program, students better understand the FBI’s role in their communities and are better prepared to mentor their peers.
The FBI Teen Academy program is offered at no cost to families; however, families are responsible for any travel costs necessary to attend the class.
Details regarding the Sacramento Spring 2017 FBI Teen Academy will be released January 2017.