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Students learn at leadership academy

More than 20 Mid-Missouri middle school students now have better leadership qualities thanks to a unique summer camp. KRCG 13 Photo

More than 20 Mid-Missouri middle school students now have better leadership qualities thanks to a unique summer camp.

The Truman Youth Leadership Academy allows seventh, eighth and ninth graders to spend a week at summer camp at some unusual places. The students spent their first field trip at Columbia’s City Hall. They role-played as city council members to discuss government policies. Holts Summit’s Logan Huckstep will be a ninth grader at Jefferson City’s Helias Catholic High School. This is Huckstep’s third year attending The Truman Youth Leadership Academy.

Huckstep said, “I learn how to be a leader in my community and how I can start my own service projects with ideas that are new to me.”

Samaranjay Goyal will be an eighth grader at Columbia Independent School. Goyal takes his summer camp very seriously but says it’s also a lot of fun.

Goyal said, “I like working with my friends in my group. We have a fun time doing activities together. I guess that makes it really fun.”

The academy includes leadership training, service projects and other community engagement opportunities for students.

Camp Coordinator Harrison McLean said, “What we want our kids to take away, is taking the skills that we go over in our simulations and other activities and be able to apply them once they get out of camp.”

This year’s summer camp includes trips to The Missouri State Capitol, The Missouri Supreme Court and a visit to Columbia’s Flat Branch Park when students volunteer to clean up trash.

The University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs is hosting this year’s leadership youth academy.

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