Passing along an important message about a very special place from Matt Dameron - a member of the Board of Directors, Missouri Boys State
Guest Post: Matt Dameron:
If you know me well, then you know I am passionate about Missouri Boys State. Founded in 1938, Missouri Boys State is a week-long leadership program for young men who have just completed their junior year of high school. Boys State was formed as America's response to Hitler's Nazi youth programs, and it's designed to instill in young people a love for democracy. It is a unique experience that welcomes a diverse group of young men--it's not a debate camp, or military camp, or sports camp. It's completely distinct and offers something for every interest.
I attended Boys State as a participant and I have been a volunteer member of its staff for over twenty years. I grew up in a small town and neither of my parents graduated from college, much less law school. Boys State opened my eyes to new opportunities and introduced me to lifelong mentors who have helped me along the way. It has been a defining force in my life, and I owe it a debt I cannot repay.
Matt Dameron Missouri Boys State:
"Here in Kansas City, we struggle to recruit young men to attend Boys State, particularly in high schools between I-435 and State Line."
Here in Kansas City, we struggle to recruit young men to attend Boys State, particularly in high schools between I-435 and State Line. The suburban schools in Jackson County send large delegations every year, but we just haven't had much luck finding and recruiting young men from "the City."
This challenge isn't just in our public schools--it extends to charter, private, and parochial schools in the same area. This is frustrating because I know there are outstanding, talented young men in Kansas City in all types of schools.
If you know of such a young man, please consider having him contact me directly or explore our website (www.moboysstate.org) to learn more. I'm happy to personally guide them through the process.
Also, if you know of civic organizations, churches, or clubs that can help us identify these young men, please let me know--I'm happy to present about Boys State and its opportunities to any group at any time.
Here are some key facts:
• Boys State is free--we do not charge participants any fees; instead, we raise money from outside sponsors
• Boys State is held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg; we provide round trip transportation to Warrensburg for Kansas City-area participants
• Participants who successfully complete Boys State are eligible for discounted college credit from the University of Central Missouri (yes, the credit transfers), and tons of scholarships at other participating institutions; and
• Participants must attend school in Missouri, but they can reside in Kansas--we look at the location of the school to determine eligibility.