May 11th, 2015

Community Outreach

 

The FBI Citizens Academy Foundation of Cleveland reaches out to the community in a variety of ways.  We work to develop and execute a variety of programs and events that focus on our mission of improving understanding and encouraging appreciation of law enforcement among the citizenry and community leaders.  Highlighted below are just some of the programs our organization supports.

FBI Internet Safety Initiative

Protecting children from those who specifically target them with plans to cause harm proves everyone’s responsibility. In today’s world, many opportunities exist for children to be subjected to individuals wishing to take advantage of a young person’s innocence. The increasing use of the Internet by sexual predators serves as just one reason why communities must take the appropriate steps to ensure that children stay safe. The promotion of grassroots collaborations with public safety agencies and schools is essential to maximize child safety goals.

The FBI Cleveland Division offers free Internet Safety for Kids presentations in the Northern Ohio area. Using volunteer presenters from the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation, schools, parenting groups and other interested groups can arrange for a free presentation on the current and ever emerging dangers of online activity including ways to identify risky behavior, be warned of on-line predators and methods to keep kids, adults and families safe while on the Internet.

Prospective audiences include:

  • Pre-school parent groups
  • Elementary through high school age students as part of an in-school assembly presentation
  • Parent Teacher Organizations
  • Corporate parenting clubs or groups
  • Community organizations such as Kiwanis, Chambers of Commerce, Crimestoppers
  • or anyone interested and concerned about staying safe online

For information on these free presentations and how to arrange one for your school or group, please contact Sarah.Cahill@ic.fbi.gov.

National Child ID Program

The National Child Identification Program is a community service initiative dedicated to changing these statistics by providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The I.D. Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home by the parent or guardian. If ever needed, this I.D. Kit will give authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child.

In 2009, The FBI Citizens Academy Foundation of Cleveland, AFCA/National Child ID Program and Wal-Mart Foundation have partnered together to achieve the goal of distributing Child ID Kits to every family in the State of Ohio with children between the ages of 6-12 years old.

If you are having a large scale event focused on families and would like to have the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation distribute Child ID kits at your event, email ella.fong@ideastream.org.  Please include an overview of your event, date(s) and time(s) estimated attendance and your contact information.

FBI-SOS Challenge 

The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge is an internet safety program designed to help students recognize potential dangers associated with the internet, email, chat rooms and social networking sites. The program addresses and defines topics serious in nature such as seduction, child pornography, solicitation, exploitation, obscenity and online predators. Students take web-based quizzes and review specific web sites aimed at promoting online safety.

If your school is interested in participating, contact Sarah.Cahill@ic.fbi.gov.

For more info: https://sos.fbi.gov.

Understanding Diversity Conference (formerly know as the Hate Crimes Conference)

Every year, the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation of Cleveland supports the “Understanding Diversity” Conference.  This is an annual Conference that brings together law enforcement and community members with the goal of providing a better understanding of racial and cultural sensitivities.

Various representatives from the educational community, law enforcement, federal agencies, religious community, and leaders from the various ethnic communities, Hate Crime Working Group (HCWG) members, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni and community leaders are invited to attend.  There is no cost to attend the Conference as it is the objective of the HCWG to make the conference available to as many Citizens as possible.

Through education on hate crime related issues, presentations from different cultures and religions, and hands-on training, the HCWG hopes to reduce the number of hate crimes and encourage harmony among ethnicities and law enforcement.

If you are interested in presenting or attending, contact Sarah.Cahill@ic.fbi.gov.