May 14, 2019
Kristen Ivey an 8th grade student attending Hope Middle School in Greenville, has been selected to represent North Carolina at the 21st session of the F.B.I. National Academy Youth Leadership Program in Quantico, this June. Kristen was selected after a rigorous application process where she competed with other youth from around the state. Only one student is selected from N.C., so it is a very competitive process. When asked about the opportunity, Kristen said “I am honored to be the person picked to represent North Carolina. I know this is an incredible opportunity for me and I am excited to participate in this program. I am looking forward to being at Quantico just like my father when he went thru the F.B.I. National Academy program. My great grandfather was an FBI agent as well, which makes this opportunity even more special to me.”
Kristen is a member of the Hope Middle School Junior Beta Club, swims competitively for East Carolina Aquatics and is a member of her schools’ Cross Country and Track teams.
The FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program is a leadership development program for students between the ages of 14 and 16 who have an interest in the criminal justice system. They will spend a week with counselors and instructors who are law enforcement executives from all across the country. During the weeklong leadership program, students will learn about topics such as leadership development, personal accountability, relevant criminal justice matters, goal setting, and they will participate in daily physical training, just like all the F.B.I. National Academy graduates before them. Additionally, each student will be placed in a group with required reading and a class presentation. Approximately 60 students from the U.S. and across the globe will be selected to participate. Participants in the F.B.I. National Academy Youth Leadership Program will join the ranks of a distinguished class of graduates who develop lifelong friendships.
This year the Youth Leadership Program begins on June 20th and concludes on June 28th, 2019 with a graduation ceremony at the Academy.
Participating students will experience life at the F.B.I. Academy. They will walk the same hallowed halls where new F.B.I. agents and all the National Academy attendees are trained. They will see and tour the HRT facilities, take a day trip to Washington, D.C., and participate in their own YLP Yellow Brick Road, which is a 6 mile physical challenge including an obstacle course and distance run.
Kristen is the daughter of Chris and Kuppe Ivey of Greenville.