The theme of the 2013 MPAA will be “For the Greater Good.” Each day’s curriculum will address this theme.
Saturday, July 20: The Social Contract
The Social Contract Project is designed to provide participants with ownership in the MPAA experience. Mirroring the social contract upon which modern democracies are established, participants will formulate their own social contract for the MPAA.
Sunday, July 21: For the Greater Good -- Addressing Poverty
Participants will consider how to work “for the greater good” by exploring issues surrounding poverty in the American society.
Monday, July 22: For the Greater Good -- Community Engagement
This day will continue the exploration of issues surrounding poverty in American society and will culmiinate with a service project to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities will be conducted in the evening.
Tuesday, July 23: Media and the Role of Advocacy
Participants will examine the influence of media and public opinion and interest groups on our government and society. Guest speakers from the media will meet with students. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to begin planning their own personal For the Greater Good Project.
Wednesday, July 24: The Engaged Citizen and Missouri Government
A trip to Jefferson City will include tours of the Missouri Supreme Court, the governor's mansion, and the Capitol. Students will meet with state officials from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of Missouri government. Th role of the individual citizen with respect to state governmetn will be examined.
Thursday, July 25: For the Greater Good -- International Humanitarian Relief
This day’s activities will focus on issues surrounding international humanitarian relief. Guest speakers will lead students in learning and discussion as they consider the complexities of sustainable relief efforts.
Friday, July 26: Citizen of the World -- Participating at Home and Abroad
The focus of this day of the Academy will be on the importance of civic engagement and how citizens can influence issues both at home and abroad. Projects and speakers will emphasize citizen activism. This day will include time to work on students’ For the Greater Good Project as well as a service project.
Saturday, July 27: Commissioning Ceremony -- Personal Commitment to Civic Engagement
Student will finalize and present their For the Greater Good Projects. Sessions on leadership skills and goal setting will be presented. Students will participate in the Commissioning Ceremony as the conclusion to the Academy.