On July 21, 2015, a joint announcement was made today to unveil “Mission SAVE,” a new initiative to reduce violence in the St. Louis area. The word “Mission” denotes our long-term commitment. The word “SAVE” stands for “Strike Against Violence Early.”
This initiative is an unprecedented collaboration between the following federal and local law enforcement agencies:
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office
St. Louis County Police Department
St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office
Click here to view the FBI press release information.
On May 16, 2014, St. Louis Division FBI agents concluded the initial Teen Academy initiative for high school students at Northwest Academy of Law with a completion ceremony at the local St. Louis school, located at 5140 Riverview Boulevard, St. Louis, MO.
The initiative started in September 2013, included a mock bank robbery scenario for students to interview role players played by Citizens Academy Alumni participant and FBI St. Louis Division personnel. Students were tasked with investigating the mock robbery, collecting evidence, building and then presenting their case at a mock trial presided over by St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association president, Mr. Don Anderson.
Pictured are the school principal, teacher and the student groups that successfully completed the FBI sessions and received certificates from Acting Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Martin Culbreth; and congratulatory handshakes from the FBI agents that provided the training and from FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association board representative, Mr. George Wilder.
On November 09, 2013, the St. Louis Chapter board members worked diligently through the Kellogg Grant application process and the chapter grant request was approved. The Chapter selected a local St. Louis school, Northwest Academy of Law to underwrite and participate in the Urban Peace Summit full day event on November 09, 2013.
The single day community summit event was well attended and received positive responses from students, parents, community leaders, local college representatives and St. Louis media.
Since the event, the St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association has continued our partnership with the local St. Louis school principal and teachers.
September 06, 2013: $20,500 in donations were raised to benefit charities at the 32nd annual Law Enforcement Golf Tournament at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course at Forest Park on September 06, 2013. This annual tournament is held in honor of slain FBI agent L. Douglas Abram. More than 200 golfers participated in addition to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers at this great event.
In addition, it was a special honor to have US Marine Rocky Sickmann participate at our event.
Thank you for helping us exceed our goal for this great cause! Thanks for your continued support!
September 19, 2012: FBI Office of Public Affairs has selected Don Anderson for the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). The announcement was made during the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA) conference in Denver.
The DCLA has been a principle means for the FBI to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations which make extraordinary contributions to crime and violence prevention and education in their communities. Each of the 56 FBI field offices throughout the country selects one recipient each year. HQ selects a national recipient. HQ appreciates all the work, leadership, and commitment Don provided as the president of the FBINCAAA.
Director Mueller will personally present the award to Don Anderson and the field office honorees at a national ceremony in April 2013. Congratulations Don!
Pictured are Jim Compton, Don Anderson (National and Chapter President), Mike Dean and George Wilder
September 09, 2012: At the annual alumni members meeting, the following individuals were each recognized with award plaques for their outstanding dedication and service in support of the FBI
St. Louis Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
Jim Compton received the Lifetime Service Award
Michael Dean received the Volunteer of the Year Award
George Wilder received the Outstanding Service Award
September 07, 2012: Thank you for generosity and support of the 31st annual Law Enforcement Golf Tournament at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course at Forest Park on September 07, 2012. This annual tournament is held in honor of slain FBI agent L. Douglas Abram.
More than 160 golfers participated in addition to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers at this great event.This event raised $18,500 in donations that will benefit the FBIAA Memorial College fund for children of deceased agents and the Missouri Special Olympics.
January 18, 2012 (St. Louis, MO) — At a surprise ceremony today, the FBI presented its Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) to Mr. Anthony Thompson, President and CEO of Kwame Building Group, in front of students he mentors at Mel Carnahan High School of theFuture.
Every year, each FBI field office across the country selects only one recipient within its jurisdiction for this prestigious award. FBI Director Robert Mueller, III will personally present the award to each recipient at a national ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012.
The DCLA was created in 1990 as the principle means for the FBI to honor individuals or organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence to help keep America and its kids safe. Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas R. Metz of the FBI St. Louis Division said, “Giving back to the community is inherent to Mr. Thompson. He not only serves as a respected role model to young people, he is committed to helping them realize their potential from elementary school all the way through college and at the professional level.”
Mr. Thompson once said, “Steel sharpens steel and men sharpen men. The only way someone will know how to be a good man is to see one.” That’s why he helped establish the “Gentlemen’s Club,” a mentoring program at Carnahan to inspire young men to be gentlemen and leaders. Mr. Thompson and his employees mentor the students at Carnahan every other Wednesday. They haven’t missed one session since Mr. Thompson helped establish the “Gentlemen’s Club” seven years ago.
Mr. Thompson takes time to mentor the students despite his busy schedule as the president and CEO of Kwame Building Group. His company, a construction management firm, has offices in 8 states and is headquartered in St. Louis. When he founded Kwame Building Group, Mr. Thompson wanted to provide opportunities for growth, development, and leadership to young professionals in the construction industry. Seventy-percent of employees at Kwame are minorities.
To remove any barriers to college, the Kwame Foundation funds $60,000 to $90,000 a year in college scholarships to improve educational opportunities for minorities and first generation college students. The Foundation has been funding college scholarships for 8 years.
In 2010, Mr. Thompson’s family experienced a tragedy when his brother was shot and killed by a teenager in a random robbery. Instead of withdrawing, the family opened their arms even wider. Through the Kwame Foundation, Mr. Thompson established the “Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence.” The institute honors his brother, who also dedicated his life to advocating non-violence and being a role model for young men. The institute has volunteer mentors in 5 schools with hopes of expanding to all elementary and middle schools in St. Louis. The mentors help suspended students learn non-violence skills and work on materials they are missing by being out of school.