Governor Mike Parson is welcoming more than 80 students from colleges, universities and trade schools throughout Missouri who are selected to attend the 2019 Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum.

Governor Mike Parson is welcoming more than 80 students from colleges, universities and trade schools throughout Missouri who are selected to attend the 2019 Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum.

The Forum will encourage these students by challenging their decision-making, values and belief systems using the platform of servant leadership. Character is more important than the compilation of the perfect resume and attaining of degrees for young men and women.

“Encouraging true leadership in young people will bring about responsible leaders who care for those they serve,” Governor Parson said. “This forum has played an important role training Missouri students for over 30 years.”

Started by former Missouri Governor and 79th U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Forum is a three-day event: Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 11. Students will study the principles of reconciling relationships, standing up for truth and loving their neighbor as themselves. In a world where self-interest is the guiding current, the Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum offers a worldview that is others-centered, embracing altruism rather than egotism.

The event line-up includes inauguration, the Governor’s Prayer breakfast, a visit to the Missouri Capitol and home dinners with local host families. This year’s speaker lineup includes: Gregory Lemos, former ABC News journalist; Ben Carson, American politician, author and former neurosurgeon; and Taisir Yanis, local business owner.

At the Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum, organizers believe that true change starts first with changing ourselves and then changing the world.