Exciting things are happening at MO State Lead this fall, but there is one program in particular we are thrilled to begin next Spring.
Distinction of Public Affairs is our feature program for juniors and seniors to get more engaged with the Missouri State Public Affairs Mission. Through interactive and immersive activities, students will try to develop ways to meet the needs of the Springfield community. Every three years, local organizations like Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Junior League of Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Library District, and United Way of the Ozarks join together to put together the Community Focus Report for Greene County.
The Community Focus Report has two functions. Blue ribbon issues highlight areas that Greene County excels in, and red flag issues signal an area of improvement. These issues are in categories like Arts & Culture, Public Order & Safety, Education, Community Health, etc. In the Distinction of Public Affairs program, students will focus on one of the eight red flag issue categories from the community focus report. Students will learn more about the issues, what they mean and what the impact is on the community, and then they research possible solutions. At the end of the program, all participants will present their findings at the Public Affairs Conference as the only student presenters at the conference.
Distinction of Public Affairs is more than just building leadership skills, it is getting a chance to give back to the community.