Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Conference


The Office of 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,
  • taking part in the legislative decision-making process,
  • engaging the college-planning process and,
  • experiencing post-secondary socialization and events on the MU campus.
Criteria for Participation
  • Rising 10th, 11th, 12th grade student or recent high school graduate
  • Missouri resident
  • Charter bus transportation provided to/from the University of Missouri from two regions: Kansas City and St. Louis.
  • Students in mid-Missouri area must have their own transportation to/from MU’s campus for the Summer 2022 conference.

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

Schedule – Summer 2022
  • Thursday evening – Welcome, Keynote Presentation (virtual)
  • Friday, full day – Campus Tour, Legislative Workshops/Sessions (MU campus)
  • Saturday morning – College Planning/Preparation, Conference Recognition (virtual)
Applications – Closed for Summer 2022!
  • Applications open Friday, April 15
  • Acceptance notifications begin on Monday, May 2
  • Release forms and instructions to pay $10 registration fee provided with acceptance notification.