The Truman Youth Leadership Academy led twenty-one campers through a curriculum of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Service as they convened for the fourth installment of the Academy last week.
Fifteen girls and six boys participated in activities designed to enhance leadership skills, community service and civic engagement.
Highlights of the camp featured a tour and City Council simulation at Columbia City Hall, an examination of the 1948 Berlin Blockade through the White House Decision Center, a service project to clean up Flat Branch Creek and a trip to Jefferson City to tour the Capitol and Supreme Court.
To begin the week, the students first identified their core values (Discovery) and used this information to develop ideal service projects. Next, they performed a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) to assess their organizations and later in the program, revisited their ideas, to discuss impact and changes. They created timelines of service projects they had been involved with and made projections for future endeavors.
Precluding the city council simulation, students played the Representative’s Dilemma, involving acceptance or rejection of a Boone County infrastructure tax, studied policy formation and held elections for mayoral and city council positions (Responsibility). They employed this knowledge in their city council simulation, where they considered, amended and voted on an actual curfew ordinance the City of Columbia is considering implementing for youth.