SOPHOMORES are encouraged to apply for Junior Leadership Columbia for the 2017-18 school year. In Junior Leadership Columbia, students participate in training surrounding eight leadership characteristics, learn about the business community, and are exposed to a number of sectors relative to topics such as community involvement, media, state government, civil service, health, and more. Sessions are organized by members of the community and experts from various organizations and institutions.
To be considered for the program, students must complete and return the following application form, with all required application materials by 5:00pm on Friday, March 24, 2017. 
Junior Leadership Information and Application can be found HERE  

The Educational Exploration (EdX) Intern Program is a summer job where we pay up to 20 students interested in becoming a teacher $10 per hour to work in a classroom during the summer school session.
For more information click HERE 
For the EdX Application click HERE

Camp Salsa (CPS Summer School Course Urban Ecology) is accepting applications for their 8-week summer program! Camp Salsa is a collaborative academic/employment effort between the C.A.R.E. program, MU Family Impact Center, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, and Columbia Public Schools. Camp Salsa began in 2015.
Camp Salsa provides opportunities for about 15 local high school students to work from beginning to end on a project to foster skills that can be transferred into the workforce. The main components of the Camp Salsa experience are:
• Grow: trainees will learn to maintain a garden.
• Cook: trainees will work in a team to research and produce a unique salsa recipe.
• Sell: trainees will learn to create a business plan, package their salsa, create a brand, label their product, and then sell their salsa.
Upon completion of the first four weeks of the program, students will receive one high school class credit from Columbia Public Schools (Urban Ecology).
In addition, students will be paid for working hours for eight weeks of the program through the C.A.R.E. program.

Click HERE  for the Camp Salsa Application

The Missouri RYLA Academy is a 4-day, 3-night training program for rising high school Sophomores and Juniors who exhibit a desire for community service. Developed by some of Missouri's top professional educators, the curriculum is designed to identify and enhance the qualities of Servant Leadership for each participant, train them on how to successfully implement a service project, and inspire them to live a lifetime of "Service Above Self." In addition, participants are exposed to all the programs and values Rotary has to offer. Established in 1992, Missouri RYLA Academy has trained and inspired more than 2500 students state wide. It is currently a model for RYLA Academies worldwide.
2017 RYLA Academy Dates: June 25-28, 2017 or July 9-12, 2017
William Woods University, Fulton, MO 
For more information click HERE 
To apply for 2017 RYLA click HERE 


The Leadership In Practice program was developed by the Missouri Chamber Foundation to engage Missouri high school students in hands on, real world leadership training. The program is divided into five areas:  global leadership, civic leadership, economic leadership, ethical leadership and personal leadership. The key to the training is that students learn by participating in small group discussions, activities and simulations. The students are mentored by experienced business, civic and education leaders from across the state, imparting real world knowledge to help guide their development during the forum. Students evaluate their leadership skills based on what they learn and then set goals on how to improve those skills during the rest of their High School career.  

The 2017 Leadership In Practice program is set for June 25-28, 2017.   The application period will run from January 1, 2017 to April 1, 2017. View a video from this past summer’s program here.

To apply for Leadership in Practice click HERE 

UMSL DAY - students interested in the University of Missouri - St. Louis should plan to attend UMSL day on March 18, 2017! Learn about admissions, financial aid, student life, career services and living on campus.  PLUS - tour UMSL's brand new, 100,000 square foot Recreation and Wellness Center, complete with a two-story rock climbing wall, elevated jogging track, and a six-lane pool with a zip line!

FREE DROP IN EMPLOYMENT CLASSES - The CARE Program offers FREE drop in employment classes for 13 - 20 year olds on topics such as:
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Volunteering to help get a job
  • Resume Assistance
  • Cover Letter Assistance
  • How to Obtain Letters of Recommendation 
  • Job Interviewing Assistance 
View the flyer below for more information about class dates and times:
Care Flyer
All classes will be held in the second floor conference room at the Armory Sports Center (701 East Ash St.), which is located at the northeast corner of 7th St. and Ash St. Free parking is available in the Armory parking lots after 6:00 p.m. as well as on Park St. (which is behind/north of the Armory) 24 hours per day. For more information, please call the CARE office at 573-874-6300.

JUNIORS & SENIORS interested in University of Tulsa (TU) check out these Campus Visit Programs!
1.  Tulsa Time - Campus Visit Program for Seniors 
     Overnight Programs:  Sunday - Monday, Nov. 13-14, 2016
                                      Sunday - Monday, Feb. 19-20, 2017
2.  TU Up Close - Campus Visit Program for Juniors 
     Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
     Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
     Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017 (STEM/Health Science Focus)



University of Evansville (fall 2016 visit notes)
CalTech (fall 2015 visit notes)
Occidental  (fall 2015 visit notes)
Whittier (fall 2015 visit notes)
The Five Claremont Colleges (fall 2015 visit notes)
     •  Claremont McKenna 
     •  Harvey Mudd 
     •  Pitzer 
           Meet a Pitzer Student 
     •  Pomona 
           Meet a Pomona Student 
     •  Scripps 
University of Tulsa (fall 2011 visit notes)