Weather Forecast


Reitan participates in youth leadership program

Nicholas Reitan completed the thirteenth session of the FBI National Academy Associates Youth Leadership Program (YLP) held June 24 to July 1, in Quantico, Va. The program is sponsored by the FBINAA, Inc. the professional association of graduates of the FBI National Academy for state and local law enforcement officials, a non-government association.

Nicholas is the son of Mike and Michelle Reitan, West Fargo, and a student at West Fargo High School.

The YLP attendees range in age from 14 to 16 years of age. Applicants must be nominated by local chapters of the FBINAA and must have demonstrated leadership, excellent character, submit an essay, pass an oral interview, and have above average grades to be eligible to attend. The FBINAA then selects eligible individuals from the nominations and appoints them to attend the one-week program held at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia. This year 50 students from domestic chapters and two from international chapters of the association were in attendance.

The curriculum includes classes in goal setting, leadership qualities, religion, culture and comparative ideology, ethical decision making, integrity, accountability, situational leadership, juvenile justice in America, the law and its affects, interpersonal communication, physical training, group study and reports, a tour of FBI facilities, and a tour of Washington, D.C. The students are also given the opportunity to run the YLP Endurance/Stamina Course known as "The YLP Yellow Brick Road." Upon completion they are awarded a traditional Yellow Brick unique to the YLP.

Instructors, who also serve as counselors are volunteer members of the FNINAA and FBI Special Agents who teach at the FBI Academy.

The graduates are then eligible to become members of the FBINAA Youth Leadership Program Graduates' Association, to date with a membership of over 500. Graduates of the YLP have gone onto attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, Universities such as Harvard, MIT and Yale, the U.S. military services, and careers in law enforcement.