Wyman Center is honoring the legacy of its former board chairman, the late S. Lee Kling, with the opening of a new hall devoted to teen leadership and service that bears his name.
The new S. Lee Kling Hall for Teen Leadership and Service on Wyman’s Eureka campus, officially opened on July 24, 2012, with a gathering of Wyman’s board and staff in addition to friends and family of S. Lee Kling.
The new hall provides a 4,500-square-foot venue dedicated to learning and technology and providing teens with a place to work with the tools they will need to be successful in today’s world. Teens who attend Wyman’s summer residency programs will use the hall during lessons in leadership, civics and politics, business and service. They also will hold meetings in Kling Hall where teens will learn how to use communications skills, public speaking, planning, problem solving, team building and organizing to achieve their goals.
“What a fortunate day it was when this friend of presidents and prime ministers chose to be a friend to Wyman’s young people,” said Dave Hilliard, Wyman’s CEO. “Because of S. Lee Kling’s leadership and generosity, Wyman’s teens are becoming leaders and succeeding in life themselves.”
Kling was a well-known political force in Missouri who understood the importance of developing and advancing teens’ understanding of the political process. His life in business, public affairs and philanthropy will be featured in displays inside the new hall. The center will help teens from disadvantaged circumstances develop as leaders among their peers and start on the path to lifetime success.
Additionally, Kling Hall will be used throughout the year by more than 10,000 children and adults who participate in Wyman’s leadership, environmental education, retreat and conference programs for schools, faith congregations and community groups.