Brett Reith and Victoria Floyd, both students at Houston High School, recently attended the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Leadership in Practice program at Stephens College in Columbia.
Noranda Aluminum of New Madrid sponsored Reith and the Houston Area Chamber Commerce underwrote Floyd’s participation in the program that selects future leaders from schools across the state. More than 130 high school students attended this year’s program.
Leadership in Practice is a three-day program designed to provide young Missourians – students between their freshman and sophomore years in high school – with the opportunity to learn the characteristics of leadership. Students learned about leadership qualities from Missouri business leaders, government officials and educators including, state Rep. Therese Sander of Moberly and Jeff Frazier, president of Cellular Today. The students were then challenged to use these leadership skills in activities that simulated real-life situations. Working in small groups, participants developed their own sets of goals, based on the characteristics they thought were vital to their development as leaders. They also learned about entrepreneurship by developing business plans for a new product or service.
Leadership in Practice is part of a youth leadership educational program that was created by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 1962. It is funded through scholarships provided by Missouri businesses and civic organizations.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce (www.mochamber.org) was founded in 1923 and is the largest business organization in Missouri, representing almost 3,000 employers providing more than 425,000 jobs for Missourians. The chamber’s mission is to preserve and advance a positive business climate in the state.