Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Conference

Saturday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 25

The Office of Academic Access & Leadership Development in collaboration with the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, Inc, invites Missouri youth to participate in the annual Emerging Leaders Conference. This conference is divided into two parts — civic engagement and college access — and gives students an opportunity to build on their leadership skills.

The conference focuses on a range of activities:

  • exploring community issues
  • discussing diverse perspectives
  • engaging in the legislative decision-making process,
  • navigating the college-planning process
Eligibility for Participation
  • Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Missouri resident
  • Charter bus transportation provided to/from the University of Missouri from three regions: Kansas City, St. Louis, and potentially southeast Missouri (“bootheel”) depending on participation.
  • Students in mid-Missouri area must have their own transportation to/from MU’s campus for the Summer 2024 conference.

Detailed information and logistics for transportation will be provided following acceptance to the program. Students should email academicaccess@missouri.edu with any questions.

Conference Schedule
  • Saturday: Arrival and Check-In
  • Sunday: Team-Building, Legislative Preparation
  • Monday: Mock Legislative Sessions (Jefferson City)
  • Tuesday: College Planning/Preparation,  Closing Ceremony, Departure
Application Timeline & Process
  • Application opens late March
  • Priority deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, applications will continue to be accepted after priority deadline until capacity is filled
  • Acceptance notifications begin on Wednesday, April 24
  • Signed participation forms due mid-May


E-mail muideemerginglead1@missouri.edu to apply for the 2024 Emerging Leaders Conference!

To request a paper application to print, scan and return via e-mail, e-mail academicaccess@missouri.edu