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Academy teaches students about public affairs

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Missouri Public Affairs Academy students Richard Omoniyi-Shoyoola and Soojin Park discuss the academy.

Missouri Public Affairs Academy students Richard Omoniyi-Shoyoola and Soojin Park discuss the academy.

Each summer the Missouri Public Affairs Academy brings talented high school students from throughout the state together to develop their understanding of public affairs. The academy combines presentations by guest speakers with discussions, hands-on activities and service projects, and gives students the opportunity to learn from talented and accomplished political and community leaders in the state.

The MPAA has three main goals:

  • To help students understand their role as citizens working “for the greater good”
  • To provide a forum for discussion with distinguished speakers including community leaders, government officials, journalists, and university professors
  • To provide students with the leadership skills necessary to become actively involved in their communities

MPAA Director Candace Fisk and campers Richard Omoniyi-Shoyoola, a senior from Metro High School in St. Louis, and Soojin Park, a senior from Central High School in Springfield, discuss the academy in this show.

 

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