2016 Letter to Youth Advisors


Dear Youth Advisor:

MCB is excited to announce the partnership with Missouri 4-H for the Missouri Youth Civic Leaders Summit, March 4-6, 2016 at Windermere Conference Center on the Lake of the Ozarks!  

The Summit is a statewide energizer for teams of youth (ages 14-18) and adults (staff, parents, volunteers, leaders) who want to make a difference in their communities through leadership, teamwork, and service.  Any group that will be working together to strengthen and improve communities in 2016 will benefit from attending the Summit.

County Extension Offices, Participating Missouri Community Betterment Youth Groups, and other Coordinating Community Groups can organize a team using the enclosed Team Registration Form.  Teams may consist of as few as 2 teens/1 adult or as many as 8 teens/2 adults.  To register a team, groups should:

1)    Announce the team registration opportunity.
2)    Add names to the Team Registration Form as youth/adults commit to attend.
3)    Support youth and adults in completing the online event registration.
4)    Send team roster (and any team payment due) to the State 4-H Office by event deadline.

MCB Team registrations must be finalized by Monday Feb. 1, 2016.  Early team registrations are encouraged.  

Online event registration and more information is by clicking here or you can find a link on the Missouri Community Betterment website under the Youth Section.  

The YCLS 2016 theme is SPARK! and will engage youth/adult teams in strength-based conversations and 
skill-building to expand their leadership and service.  Summiteers will grow self-awareness and motivation as leaders, work in youth-adult partnerships, and build teamwork to plan projects to impact their communities!

2016 Summit Highlights:
• Youth and Adult Presenters, Out-of-State Teams, Lots of Group Interaction! 
• Recreation Options – EDGE Challenge Course, Bridal Cave Tour, Open Gym, and Line Dancing! 
• Saturday Evening Team Talent Showcase!
• Team Action Planning, Regional Networking, Mini-Grants!

Who should attend? Youth/adults from 4-H programs, community betterment groups, community leadership programs, school-based and after-school programs.  Cost is *$135.00 per person, but it has been discounted for MCB youth groups to $85 per person, including 2-nights lodging, meals, materials, t-shirts, and snacks.  Some meals and recreation options are extra.  

One adult chaperone scholarship ($135 value) is available to the first 25 teams to register.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. For more information, email Steve Henness.
If you have any quetions please contact Teresa Keller.  Please pass along to interested groups, and thanks for your assistance! 

MCB Staff & Board


“The Missouri Partnership frequently works with companies looking in Missouri for potential locations to set up new operations.  We firmly believe that communities that invest in continuous improvement and ‘quality of place’ enjoy a competitive advantage in their efforts to attract new jobs and investment.  Companies searching for a new home will always favor a community that takes pride in itself and strives to better itself every day, and the Missouri Community Betterment program helps communities across the state to do just that.” Christopher Chung, CEO, Missouri Partnership

“Missouri Community Betterment is a tremendous association that recognizes the efforts and achievements of our state’s rural communities. As a former youth member, community member and State Board Member I am a product of the leadership development promoted by the association.” - US Congressman Jason Smith

“The MFA Oil Foundation’s mission is to support and invest in communities where we do business, to assure their continued prosperity. MCB’s mission is to provide assistance to many of those same communities to help them with improvement projects. With similar missions it seems only fitting that our Foundation should support MCB with the work that they do. As a MCB board member I have been very impressed with the dedication of many of the local community leaders as they attempt to make their town the best it can be”.  - Ken Caspall, MFA Foundation

The MCB conference provides networking for youth groups to learn what other communities have done and an opportunity to develop new plans for projects in their own home towns.  Developing leadership capacity and confidence in their abilities to work with adults gives the MCB youth participants great preparation for college and beyond. - Dave Garnett, Hawthorn Bancshares

MCB has helped me develop skills to be a leader in my school and community. Through my involvement in the youth program I have gained confidence and communication skills. The three MCB conferences I attended were fun and motivating. Having the opportunity to hear what others were doing to help their community has helped me bring new ideas to my town. Community Betterment has motivated my entire youth team to improve our community throughout the year. - Kenna Roland, Senior 2014, Lamar (2013 MCB Youth Leadership Award Winner)

“As a MCB board member I have had a chance to observe first hand, how enthusiastically some of the MCB participating community’s youth become engaged in the projects they initiate in their communities.  These youth are the leaders of tomorrow and the leadership skills demonstrated in the local projects they under take can be exemplary.   Youth leadership recognition and civic engagement  is just another reason why the MFA Oil Foundation is a willing MCB Sponsor”. - Ken Caspall, MFA Oil Foundation

"Missouri Community Betterment and the Missouri Community Betterment Conferences have been a blessing to the youth in Steelville. The sessions and guidance given during the MCB conferences has allowed us to improve our community in many various ways." - Libby Wynn, Steelville Youth Group 

"The Missouri Community Betterment Program is one of the best values a rural community can invest in to access professional assistance in community planning, development and technical expertise." - Kelly Smith, Missouri Farm Bureau

"MCB has provided our rural community with resources and opportunities to implement projects and help grow community support.  MCB allows our youth an avenue to be involved on a much larger scale in the growth and development of our community.  I have been involved with MCB for 25 years and the experiences I have been able to share with the youth of our community have truly been priceless.  Being involved with MCB, has opened many doors for our community, but the greatest reward for me has been the positive impact on our youth and the leadership opportunities provided to them." - Jodie Cottrell, youth group leader , Steelville

“We invest in Missouri Community Betterment because we see firsthand the success the program is having in rural communities throughout the state. While across the Midwest we are seeing Main Streets close up shop, MCB communities continue to grow and provide a better quality of life for Missourians.” - Mark Woodson, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

“Founded by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Community Betterment has provided outstanding technical assistance to Missouri’s rural communities for more than 50 years.  The support, energy, and success of the MCB program has continued to give participating communities the opportunity to thrive in today’s economy and make Missouri feel like home to growing businesses.” - Mike Downing, Director of Missouri Department of Economic Development

"Our Youth are just in awe of everything they did at conference and are ready to undertake all sorts of new challenges.  I was so proud or Kirk, who spoke at at a grant acceptance ceremony on Wednesday (week after the 2015 conference).  He spoke to 30 adults and stayed calm as a cucumber  and was the hit of the show.  Without the leadership skills he learned at the conference, I don’t know if he would have been so sure of himself.  Thanks is not enough, but the only word in English we have available." - Connie Johnson, Galena

In my opinion MCB has helped communities in our region by giving them a sense or organization/structure to go about improving their community on their own.  They have access to resources and a network to assist them in achieving their goals and it keeps community development in front of them all the time by having this nucleus active in the community.
Jackie Soptic, Assistant Director, Green Hills Regional Planning Commission

Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund Inc.,
P.O. Box 105997, Jefferson City, MO 65110
Phone:660.383.1034 Fax:660.383.1202