The Pat Walker Missouri Public Affairs Academy targets rising high school seniors who are interested in learning about community engagement, diverse perspectives, and leadership.
Each summer the Academy brings talented high school students from throughout the state together to develop their understanding of public affairs. The Academy combines presentations by guest speakers with discussions, hands-on activities and service projects, and gives students the opportunity to learn from talented and accomplished political and community leaders in the state.
The MPAA has three main goals:
- To help students understand their role as citizens working "for the greater good"
- To provide a forum for discussion with distinguished speakers including community leaders, government officials, journalists, and university professors
- To provide students with the leadership skills necessary to become actively involved in their communities