(MLBCF) Emerging Leaders Conference


The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (MLBCF) Emerging Leaders Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO from June 25–27, 2017. The program is open to rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students across the state of Missouri. Completed application and unofficial transcript must be submitted by 5pm on  May 19, 2017.


Application Process


Students who are interested in participating in the MLBCF Emerging Leaders Conference should apply online by 5pm May 19, 2017 at:



We will only accept applications submitted online this year.  Because of the volume of anticipated applications, paper or fax copies of applications will not be accepted.  Students accepted will receive an acceptance email and will be required to pay a $20.00 registration fee.  There are no other costs associated with this summer program.  In addition to the registration fee, the parent/guardian of the applicant will be required to sign and submit release forms.  Forms will be provided upon acceptance into the program.


The application and unofficial transcript must be submitted by 5pm on  May 19, 2017, in order for the application to be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications received after May 11 will be placed on a waiting list.  Completing this application does not guarantee admission into the program. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email by May 25, 2017.




Admitted students from St. Louis, Kansas City, and the Bootheel regions will be provided with transportation via charter bus to and from the conference. Buses will pick students up from one location in each region on the morning of June 25 and bring them directly to the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) campus. On the afternoon of June 27, the buses will depart MU and return students to their region. Students participating in the conference from Mid-Missouri will need to arrange to be picked up and dropped off at the conference. All students admitted to the program will receive more information about this process in their admitted student packet.


What to Expect


Students will participate in a full schedule of activities, workshops, and presentations about legislative policy, leadership, and college exploration. All students will be escorted and supervised 24/7 by staff from the MU and representatives from the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.  Participants will not have unsupervised free time to roam campus.


Cell phone and music device usage will be limited during the program, primarily to meals and the hour before lights out each evening. Please note that MU and the MLBCF are not responsible for lost or stolen property.


Students will be housed in an MU residence hall and assigned a roommate of the same gender. Linens will be provided in each room. Roommates will be randomly assigned so students can make new friends and acquaintances during their experience. Due to the size of this program, we are unable to accommodate roommate requests. Meals will be provided by MU Dining Services in our award winning all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities.



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