- Increase FCCLA member awareness of state government and the political process.
- Interpret the duties of elected officials or policy makers.
- Develop awareness of current issues, especially those relating to families.
- Explore career options within public service.
- Educate local chapters, school, and/or communities about the impact of the shadowing experience.
The event began on Tuesday night with a special orientation and keynote speech from Judge Mary Russell of the Missouri Supreme Court. Judge Russell is only the third woman to serve on the Missouri Supreme Court. She spoke to the students about remaining life-long learners as well as having kindness being an integrated part of each of their lives. Students and adults alike were motivated by her message.
On Wednesday, students arose early and headed to the state capitol building, where they met their assigned Representative or Senator. Three students also had the opportunity to shadow staff in the offices of the Governor, State Treasurer, and Secretary of State. It was very exciting to attend the opening of the House of Representatives session and hear so many of the students being introduced to the Assembly. Equally exciting was watching these students, in their professional business attire, walking along with their representative or senator as they moved along to hearings, committee meetings, and other official duties throughout the day.
Thank you to Marcia Ritter, the coordinator of the program, for all of her work and dedication to civic education and leadership. We sincerely appreciate the opportunities you have provided to our Missouri FCCLA members so they can put their family, career, and community leadership skills to work in the public policy arena.