The Arkansas chapter is pleased to be actively involved in the FBI National Academy Associates Youth Leadership Program. This is a week-long program focusing on leadership development, for which youth from all across the country participate. The participants are sponsored by their state chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and spend the week in our nation's capital and at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


2022 Youth Leadership Program recipient Gavin Reardon with the Executive Board at the 2022 Annual Training Symposium.

The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. is seeking qualified youth who have demonstrated above average academic standards, as well as good citizenship, to participate in a week-long program of leadership development in our Nation's Capitol, including the FBI Academy at Quantico.

This exciting opportunity is offered in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Individual participants are selected and sponsored by the various state chapters of the FBINAA, who will pay transportation and lodging costs related to the program. Further, the counselor and instructional staff for the program are all National Academy graduates and members of the FBINAA, Inc.

Although the program is not limited to young persons interested in a future career in law enforcement, interested candidates should possess a desire to gain knowledge in American Government, leadership, criminal justice (including leadership function), criminal law, and the structure and operation of our criminal courts.

The program is open to both males and females, and qualified young people are encouraged to complete the attached application, including necessary signatures, and submit the form to Captain Barry Saffold (RET) via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Arkansas FBINAA Chapter representative, or US Mail at the address below.

Captain Barry Saffold (RET)
1005 West Dogwood
Star City, AR  71667


Selection Process:

All FBINAA chapters interested in sponsoring a candidate for participation in the Youth Leadership Program shall adhere to the following:

  1. Notification to local school district(s) of the program, including the basic required qualifications, as follows:
    1. Open to both male and female candidates
    2. Candidates must be 14 - 16 years of age. However, if a candidate's birthday occurs during the week of attendance and the individual turns 17 at that time, the individual is eligible to attend.
    3. Must have an overall grade average of 2.5 or better.
    4. Must have a satisfactory school attendance and citizenship record.
  2. Provide application form to interested candidates, with a return due date.
  3. Review returned applications and arrange for Oral Interviews.
  4. Conduct Oral Interviews
    1. Oral 'raters' shall include no less than two (2) members in good standing of the respective chapter and may include school and/or community representatives, at chapter discretion
    2. Raters shall use the attached Oral Interview Rating Form to ensure consistency in the process; however, in addition to the standard queries, additional questions may be asked as the interview progresses.
    3. The interview process shall include a brief essay ('What Is Leadership?'), in order that the candidate's written expression may be properly evaluated.
  5. Ensure the candidate is of the caliber acceptable to the program.
  6. Submit the name of the recommended candidate, along with the application form, oral rating form, and essay document to the Executive Director, no later than the specified due date.
  7. Once final approvals have been rendered, the YLP committee shall notify concerned chapters, who shall be responsible for making necessary travel arrangements for their participant to arrive at Washington DC.

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