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The Federal Bureau of Investigations has a new local target: high school juniors.

The FBI’s Sacramento branch is currently taking applications from high school juniors for their Spring 2015 Sacramento FBI Teen Academy.

The academy is a one-day visit to the field office in Sacramento. Any high school junior attending a public, private, charter or home school and currently residing within the 34 California counties served by the Sacramento branch, which includes Stanislaus, may apply.

Teens selected for the FBI Teen Academy spend an interactive day at the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office headquarters participating in both classroom and hands-on activities. Past classes offered insight into a number of topics and specialties including the importance of making good choices when using online communication platforms, what violations of federal law the FBI investigates, what is required of all FBI applicants and the FBI’s domestic and international roles. Students also enjoyed hands-on experiences involving the evidence response team, bomb techs and auto shop. After completing the class, students are more aware of challenges their communities face, better understand how the FBI serves their region and are prepared to mentor their peers. 

Application packages are currently available at

Students must complete and submit all required application materials to the Sacramento Field Office headquarters no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 27. Completed application packages can be sent by U.S. mail, parcel service or hand delivered. Due to the need for original signatures, electronic and faxed applications cannot be accepted. The address is available in the application.

The Sacramento FBI Teen Academy is offered at no cost to students and their families. The Sacramento FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and its members sponsor lunch and snacks for all students in attendance and all classroom materials are provided. If a student is selected, his or her family is responsible for transportation to and from class and any other special needs.