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Contact:  Andrea B. Imms, Public Relations


Office:    (504) 712-2244

Date:      May 31, 2011


FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program   


KENNER — The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBINAA) hosts a week long training event for high school students at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia every summer called the Youth Leadership Program (YLP).  Qualified candidates must be 14, 15 or 16 years old and an incoming high school sophomore or junior.


Each of the 48 FBINAA chapters may elect to send a student to represent their chapter during the program.  To be selected, a student must have demonstrated high academic standards and good citizenship and they must be nominated by an FBINAA graduate in good standing.  Chapter representatives interview the candidates and select their choice to attend the program.  The candidates’ qualifications are reviewed by the Executive Office and the YLP Coordinator, who make the final selection.


Kenner Police Department Major Dwane Babin & wife Lisa Babin’s son, Zachary Watterson, who is a 15 year old sophomore at Holy Cross High School, was elected by the local chapter to attend this prestigious program from June 22 – 30, 2011.  In total, 60 students will participate in this year’s program.


The program is made possible through the cooperation of the FBI and both tuition and lodging are free.  Each chapter pays for their candidates’ travel expenses.  While the program is not offered exclusively for those choosing a career in law enforcement, interested candidates should possess a desire to gain knowledge in the American system of criminal justice, including police organization, leadership and the structure and operation of criminal courts.  Participants will also be expected to share the knowledge gained with their peers following completion of the program.