Leadership, Civics and Citizenship

American Mock Trial Association
2700 Westown Parkway, Suite 220, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1411
email: amta@dwx.com
Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures. AMTA sponsors regional and national-level competitions, as well as providing interesting and complex case materials for academic use. AMTA also sponsors mediation simulation tournaments.  Mock Trial – Mock Trial is required to meet 91-120 hours per year (approximately 3-4 hours per week or less with significant outside activities). Students in grades 9-12 are exposed to criminal trial procedures by allowing them to take on the parts as lawyers and witnesses. They learn how to analyze cases and formulate questions. They compete against different school districts. Each round they compete twice, once as the defense and once as the prosecution. Levels of competition are local, state and national.    Interscholastic mock trials takes place on three levels. High school competitive mock trial has an  annual national competition governed by the National Mock Trial Association.

Capitol Legislative Academy
Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
Citizen lobbying program for the novice and the experienced. For more information write: Missouri Eagle Forum, PO Box 166, Wildwood, MO 63040 Presented by Missouri Eagle Forum, Missouri Family Network, Families for Home Education, Concerned Women for American of Missouri, and Citizens for Private Property Rights. For older students.

Civil Air Patrol
Spirit of St. Louis Squadron
Contact: Rick Fiser at 314-909-7508 or
John Koly at 914-921-6741
Civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force for cadets from age 12 and up. Students participate in marching, aerospace education and actual flying. Group meets at Crestview Middle School.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Metro West Fire Protection District
P.O. Box 310, Grover Mo. 63040
This program teaches basic response, first aid and organizational skills to members of the community to enable them to assist public servants, such as paramedics and firefighters in a catastrophic event. This program is offered in communities all across the country. Students must be over 16 yeas of age.

1908 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191
DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.
DECA groups are required to meet at least between 31-60 hours per year (approximately once a week all year for an hour). DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is organized around an ambitious goal: to improve educational and career opportunities in marketing, management and entrepreneurship for students DECA gives students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities organized with our high school and business community. Activities students participate in include DECA Week, Make-a-Difference-Day, Heat-a-Home, Feed-a-Family, Safe Halloween, State and National Career  Development Conferences, District & State Leadership and Election Conferences. Students also have the opportunity to compete in business related competitive events. Competitions begin on the local level then students may qualify for state and international level competitions. Members may also travel to other conventions that teach the importance of leadership in business.

The St. Louis Fire Explorer Post 9402
The St. Louis Fire Explorer Post 9402 is a career development program, aimed at the fire service, sponsored by the City of St. Louis Fire Department. The Post is comprised of adolescents aging between 14 and 21 years old who assist the Fire Department in community service and on the fire scenes. Fire Explorers complete a training program to learn about the St. Louis Fire Department and to prepare themselves for a career in the Fire Service. Biweekly meetings attended by the Explorers provide them with instructions in areas such as Fire Safety, Operations and Procedures, and Fire Tactic. For more information http://www.exploring.org/stl/posts/stlfde/index.html

Future Business Leaders of America
1912 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1591
Future Business Leaders of America – FBLA is required to meet at least 31-60 hours per year (approximately once a week all year for an hour). The purpose of Future Business leaders Club of America (FBLA) is to work with students in high school who are interested in a business career. The club encourages students to attend leadership conferences to learn more about roles of leaders in the business world. The Business Club participates in at least one community service project during the school year in order for the members to give something back to their community. Projects may included: career exploration through job shadowing, civic service experience, guest speakers, community service, ethics day seminar, field trips, district competition, social activities, leadership conferences, and student led activities. FBLA is required to meet at least between 31-60 hours per year (approximately once a week all year for an hour). FBLA-PBL’s National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through  state-based competition at the spring State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners then are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer. They host seminars, conferences, and leadership workshops, as well as offer publications and resources to FBLA members. TSA is the “only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of technology education students and teachers.” It is also largely student-run, with students campaigning to be elected to offices at the chapter, state, and national levels (with national office being the highest position; other countries are considered “states” because of their very small numbers).

Generation Joshua
One Patrick Henry Circle, Purcellville, VA 20132
A leadership program designed for Christian youth between the ages of 11 and 19, providing training in civics, political action committee service, scholarships and awards.

Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy
Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Farrell Morrow, Director
1417 E 24th Avenue, North Kansas City, MO 64116
(816) 421-0300 or (816) 810 – 3363
The Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy provides a first hand experience of what it is like to be a police officer. For students ages 16-18.
High school program hundreds of judges who hosts student-run courtroom simulations at courthouses across the country. The event was hosted by the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. courts as classrooms out reach

Myers Institute for Communication and Leadership
PO Box 7, Dayton, TN 37321
http://www.myersinstitute.com/ or http://www.inspiredleadership.com
Leadership training program through books, personalized coaching and workshops.

Patrick Henry College’s Teen Leadership Camp
PO. Box 1776, Purcellville, VA 20134-1776
e-mail: info@phc.edu
Seven different one and two week leadership camps offered in Constitutional Law, Moot Court, Intelligence, Journalism, Worldview, Western Civilization and drama to 700 youths, ages 14-18. Field trips to nearby historical sites, monuments, and centers of American government add to campers’ experience.

Page for a Day
Capitol Program
Jefferson City
Students, any age, can serve as a page for their local legislator. Participants sit on the floor and attend the legislative session while serving their legislator. Contact your local state representative or senator for more details. To find your legislators – http://www.senate.mo.gov/llookup/leg_lookup.aspx

People to People World Leadership Forum
Dwight D. Eisenhower Building, 110 South Ferrall Street, Spokane, WA 99202-4800
Email: info@wlfleaders.org
Students earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.   Forum delegates will participate in small group discussions and exercises to experience first-hand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change.

Teen Eagles
Eagle Forum, PO Box 618, Alton, IL 62002
e-mail eagle@eagleforum.org
Worldview, leadership and citizenship training program for teens.
Missouri Eagles Program available through the Pillar.

St. Louis Area Young Republicans
Local chapter of Missouri Federation for Young Republicans
Kourtney Lamb, President
P.O. Box 410671, St. Louis, MO 63141
Group hold monthly meetings at St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Purpose is to advance the cause of good citizenship, love of country and its principles and loyalty to the government and constitution of the United States of America. While you must be 18 to officially join, older high school students are welcome to attend. They can also provide outreach programs (speakers).

St. Louis League of Women Voters
8706 Manchester Rd., Brentwood, MO 63144
314- 961-6869
This is a “non-partisan volunteer organization dedicated to promoting political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government” through education and advocacy. They provide outreach educational programs – speakers (for older students).

Area students can become trained weather observers that make up the St. Louis County Skywarn reporting and alert program.  Through this program students are trained to help serve and protect the community.    St. Louis County offers several training courses designed to assist the weather observer in making proper observations and in correct reporting procedures.   Participants are taught when, how, and where to make their reports. The class is supplemented by literature and reporting information, and following the class, participants are issued “spotter numbers” and training certification. After contacting us at the SKYWARN information number, 314-615-7857, you will be placed on a mailing list for the training schedule. All training is supplied free of charge and most classes are offered more than once and in varying locations.

PO Box 9, Jefferson, GA 30549
Missouri contact: Laurel Morton
Comprehensive Christian citizenship and leadership programs and workshops at the state capitol covering political process, bill development, parliamentary procedures, public speaking , and debate. Students will also get a tour of the state capitol in Jefferson City, meet with legislators, attend an actual legislative session, meet their local lobbyist, and participate in a mock legislature and prayer walk. A one-day class is available for students 8-12 and a four-day program is available for students over 13-18. They also offer Teenpact Judicial, http://www.tpjudicial.org/, which gives high school students an opportunity to participate in a one-week, hands-on law school experience packed with classes on torts, contracts, property, moot court program and Constitutional Law – all from a solid, Biblical worldview. Teenpact is a Ministry Partner with both Patrick Henry and HSLDA.

T.S.A. (Technology Students Association)
1914 Association Drive, Reston,VA 20191-1540
– T.S.A. is required to meet at least 271-300 hours per year (approximately seven hours per week or less with significant outside activities). T.S.A. focuses on students with a dedicated interest in technology. TSA goals include promoting technology leadership and personal growth through student participation in challenging technological competitions that require problem-solving, decision making, and critical thinking skills as they relate to communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, and construction. Students may qualify to compete at the T.S.A. National Conference each summer.

Local Police Department
Check your local police department for a variety of programs for students of different ages. Many offer Student Shadowing programs, internships for high school and college students, Ride with Police Officer, facility tours, Police Explorers Program (allows boys and girls between 14 and 21 and opportunity to acquire first hand knowledge of the law enforcement profession and encourages civic activism in their community), self protection classes for women, Citizen’s Police Academy for adults 18 (some precincts have higher minimum ages) and older to receive 30 hours of instruction on patrol techniques, crime scene processing, police communications, traffic enforcement and accident investigation. Most of these programs are free, though some may have residency requirements and may have different age requirements.

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