Community Matters
Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund, Inc. 

March 2016
2016 Youth Civil Leadership Summit!
The 2016 Youth Civil Leadership Summit was attended by 166 Youth ages 14-18 and adult Sponsors from all across Missouri.
MCB Staff and YAB Members -- Teresa Keller, Katelyn Watts, Kylee Sexton, Makayla Koch and Christa Atchison
Louisiana Community Betterment Group -- Katelyn Watts, Chadwick Dowell, Diana Huckstep, Michelle Watts and Tyler Hopkins
Steelville Community Betterment Group -- Jennifer Whitson,  Katelyn Green & Kylee Sexton

  Lamar Community Betterment Group

Missouri 4-H and MCB joined together for the Youth Civil Leadership Summit, a youth energizer event, on March 4-6 at Windermere Conference Center in Roach, MO.  This was the first year that 4-H and MCB joined together for the event with great success. There were 166 youth ages 14-18 and adult sponsors in attendance. 

The theme this year was "Spark", encouraging youth to search and find that special quality, skill or interest that lights them up. 
Guest speakers included Kyle Scheele, Sean Siebert and Valerie Bayes. 

The youth participated in their choice of recreation to include:  The Edge Challenge Course, Bridal Cave Tour, Open Gym and Line Dancing. 

Sessions were held throughout the weekend that inspired teamwork, leadership and thinking outside the box.  Activities included a talent show, poster contest, a mock election and even a fireworks display. 

The MCB Youth Advisory Board (YAB) along with MCB staff and board members provided support and assistance during the event. 
There was great discussion about increasing MCB attendance next year and everyone left with ideas to share with their communities and fellow youth. 

If you would like to see additional photos from the event, visit our Facebook Page! 
Check out
Recorded Webinars
on Grant Writing

   Each of the three grant writing webinars were recorded and are now available within the login section of the MCB website for our communities to view at their convenience as a benefit to their participation with MCB.
March 29, 2016 - Trenton, 9am to 12pm 
April 5, 2016 - St. James, 1-4:30pm 
April 12, 2016 - Poplar Bluff, 8:30am to 12pm
April 20, 2016 - Galena, 9:30am to 1:30pm
April 26, 2016 - Perry, 1 to 4:30pm
April 27, 2016 - Concordia, 1:30 to 5pm

The speaker at the 2016 Regional Meetings will be discussing volunteerism; both recruiting volunteers and retaining them over time.  It is impossible to have a successful community without volunteers and we all know that they are hard to come by and even harder to keep.  Everyone is busy and those who have served for years often times reach a point of burn out.   
For more information please contact Christa 660-383-1034, or at for more information.

DeNae Gitonga , Regional Community Development Specialist, Madison County Program Director, University of Missouri Extension 
Project Photos 
Please send us photos of any MCB Projects you have completed.  We will share them in our newsletter and on social media.  Let others see the accomplishments you and your community have achieved.
E-mail them to Christa today!  


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Thank you to our MCB Sponsors
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Contact Information
Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund, Inc.
903 S. 3rd St.
Clinton, MO  64735
660.383.1202 fax