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FBI Youth Leadership Academy

FBI Youth Leadership Academy

On June 21-23, 2021 and June 23-25, 2021, the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association will host two sessions of the FBI Youth Leadership Academy (YLA).  The YLA is designed to promote an educational experience that will provide students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI.  Through interactive physical challenges and classroom discussions we seek to further explain to youth how the FBI addresses the concerns of the community.  Utilizing FBI strategic planning techniques and exercises, participants will have the opportunity to hone their decision making and leadership skills.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unknown at this time if this program will take place in person.  If so, this camp will be a two day, two night residential event, and will be hosted at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s experiential learning center.  Bradford Woods is located just south of Mooresville, on State Road 67.  Its 2,500 acres are dedicated to the enrichment and education of youth and adults from all over the country.  Students will be housed on site and chaperoned by FBI personnel.  If it is deemed not safe to host the overnight camp, the FBI will offer a virtual or hybrid version of the program.  Details for either option will be provided directly to those who apply.

We would like the YLA to be comprised of top-notch students from a variety of high schools and would appreciate your school advertising this to the appropriate students. Those interested must complete the enclosed application, which requires a signature from both a parent or guardian and the principal (digital signature is acceptable).

To be considered, the student must:

  • be a current junior;
  • have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
  • possess qualities of leadership, scholastic achievement and good citizenship;
  • commit to attending the entire program; and
  • write an essay of no more than 500 words depicting their interest in the program and how it will enhance their future plans.

Students should indicate the session dates they are available to attend on the application.  Completed applications and essays should be mailed to: Kathryn Sipes, Community Outreach Specialist, FBI Indianapolis, 8825 Nelson B. Klein Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46250, or emailed to kdsipes@fbi.gov.  All applications must be received by April 15, 2021.

Parents and/or guardians do not have to be present for the sessions. Students must arrange their own transportation. There is no cost for students to participate; lodging and all meals are included.

Should you have questions, please contact Kathryn Sipes at (317) 845-7035 or at kdsipes@fbi.gov. YLAflyer2021


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