Youth Making a Difference! 

Youth Conference Results in Action 
During the Youth Civic Leadership Summit (YCLS) in March 2016, MCB & 4-H youth were challenged to develop a service-learning project to implement in their community.   They were provided with a mini-seed grant application ($200) and an MCB matching grant application ($200) to assist with the implementation of their projects.
Four MCB/4-H Youth Groups accepted the challenge and welcomed the opportunity to serve their communities.  The results of their efforts are showcased below.  
Lamar/Barton County  
Marshall The Miracle Dog -- Anti-Bullying Program 

Barton County Teen Leaders developed and implemented the "Marshall The Miracle Dog Anti-Bullying Program".  This program was presented to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students within the Lamar School District.  The teen leaders read the Marshall books to the students, presented a short video and had a discussion with the students about bullying in an effort to raise awareness and create an opportunity for students to share should they experience or observe bullying in the school or community.  They also provided a 3rd grade coloring contest and a 4th & 5th grade essay contest where they choose the top three outstanding entries in each class.   
Higginsville/Lafayette County
The Farm Tour

The Higgingsville/Lafayette County youth group planned the 2nd Annual Lafayette County 4-H Farm Tour.  This tour showcases various agricultural businesses in the community and educates youth on potential agriculture opportunities.  Their tasks included soliciting businesses who would like to participate, developing and coordinating a schedule, marketing/advertising the event, providing a follow up survey and establishing a committee for future Farm Tours. 

Louisiana Community Betterment Youth Group 
New Basketball Court in Sunset Park

LCB (Louisiana Community Betterment) is pleased to have some dynamo youth as part of their group. After attending the youth summit in March, entitled "Spark" the LCB Youth, Chadwick Dowell, Katelyn Watts, Tyler Hopkins and Michelle Watts, brought their idea back to the Louisiana community and made it come true!
The youth group created a community project that they felt would benefit the entire community and they sought the necessary permission from the city government to implement the idea. Through a series of collaborations with the Louisiana High School Interact Club and grants from Missouri Community Betterment and Missouri 4 H Club, the youth presented the idea of a new basketball court to be installed at Sunset Park on Georgia Street to the Mayor and City Council members of Louisiana.
The youth group not only laid out a comprehensive plan for the construction, but also for the future upkeep of the basketball court and added 2 additional park benches into the plan.
The basketball court was completed exactly 3 months to the day after the ground breaking for the project.  Submitted by Diana Huckstep, LCB Advisor.

Perry County/Perryville
Agriculture and YOUth

The Perry County 4-H Teen Council and Community Betterment Youth Group created a hands-on interactive exhibit that taught youth about agriculture and where their food comes from during their annual Mayfest event.  They had exhibit stations which demonstrated seed planting, cow milking, agricultural products, grains, animals and bees.  The teens were involved in the planning and development of the exhibit and helped demonstrate and answer questions at each station during the event. 
As you can see, the ideas derived from planning sessions at the Youth Civic Leadership Summit earlier this year have resulted in substantial benefits throughout these and many other communities in Missouri. 

The 2017 Youth Civic Leadership Summit will be held March 3-5 at Windermere Baptist Conference Center in Roach, MO.  Additional information will be sent to you via e-mail and available on the MCB  Website as it becomes available.  YCLS is an amazing event that fosters leadership and community involvement among our youth and allows for them to network with others with similar interests.

You can view photos and information from the 2016 YCLS event by visiting the MCB Website.

Contact Teresa Keller if you have any questions about this opportunity. 
MCB, 903 S. 3rd St, Clinton, MO 64735 660.383.1034, 660.383.1202 fax