Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy

May 30-June 2, 2018

The intensive four-day event will focus on increasing knowledge of Missouri’s diverse and dynamic livestock industry, as well as building participants’ leadership skills.

Twenty high school students will be selected to participate in the session based upon educational, community, and agricultural involvement, as reflected through an application process.

Students will be welcomed to the Division of Animal Sciences at Mizzou, with on-campus housing provided for a “college life” experience. Participants will have the oppoutnity to enhance their leadership development, discuss current issues regarding livestock production (all species), tour industry leading operations and businesses, and interact with University of Missouri faculty and staff; while while networking with other young leaders from across the state.

Application Requirements

  • Participants must be currently (as of January 1, 2018) enrolled in high school.
  • Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018. No late applications accepted.
  • Delegates must be able to participate in the entire academy and attend all conference sessions.
  • Students must complete all areas of the application.
  • The application should be paper clipped including application form, resume and one letter of recommendation.
  • Applicants will receive an email confirmation that their application has been received.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for review and selection after the April 1 deadline.

Tentative academy program

Day 1: Leadership development & MIZZOU Research Farm tours
Day 2: Tour of Missouri businesses & organizations
Day 3: Communication skills & team building
Day 4: Closing reception & team presentations

Program Fee: $100/student


Download application (Word).

For additional information, please contact:

David Hoffman, MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist, 

Marcia Carlson Shannon, MU Extension State Swine Specialist,