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FBI Columbia opens applications for Summer Teen Academy and Fall Citizens Academy

Columbia, South Carolina – The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Columbia field office is now accepting applications for the highly-anticipated Teen Academy that will take place this summer. TThe Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Columbia field office is also accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Citizens Academy classes. Young students and community leaders can get an inside look at the FBI’s most important work through this program.

The Teen Academy will be held at the FBI’s main office at 222 Caughman Farm Ln. in Lexington, SC, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 26 and 27. This program is designed for rising junior and senior high school students, offering them a deep dive into the world of federal law enforcement. Terrorism, hacking, public corruption, and violent crime are just some of the topics that will be taught. Students can also learn about the FBI’s evidence response and SWAT teams.

Those who want to join the Teen Academy must be U.S. citizens living in South Carolina, juniors or seniors in an approved high school or home school, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. To be considered, students must fill out an application and write a 500-word essay about why they want to attend the school and what their goals are. The deadline for submissions is March 19, with notifications to be sent out by April 5.

Completed applications and essays may be emailed to Columbia_Outreach@FBI.gov. They may also be mailed to:

FBI Columbia

C/O Community Outreach

222 Caughman Farm Ln.

Lexington, SC. 29072

Along with the Teen Academy, the FBI Columbia is also looking for people to join its Citizens Academy, which will start on September 5 and end on October 24. Held on Thursdays, this program aims to build a bridge between the community and federal law enforcement through education and discussion.  Business, religious, civic, and community leaders are invited to partake in this enlightening experience, which requires a nomination by FBI employees, academy alumni, or community leaders for consideration.

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Both programs show that the FBI is dedicated to helping people understand its part in keeping the country safe and to inspiring the next generation of leaders in law enforcement and community service. These schools offer a one-of-a-kind chance to grow personally and professionally, and they’re free to attend.

If you want to apply for the Teen Academy or suggest someone for the Citizens Academy, you can find more information and registration forms online. The last day to apply for the Citizens Academy is July 1, which gives community leaders plenty of time to find and recommend deserving people for this life-changing experience.

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The FBI Columbia field office continues to improve its ties with the community it serves through projects like these that give people knowledge and insight into the important work of federal law enforcement.

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