Every spring, Wyman takes teens to Jefferson City, Missouri’s state capital, to tour the capitol building, meet their representatives, and engage with the legislative process. Last Wednesday marked the third year Wyman teens made this trip; whispering excitedly and dressed in business casual, the teens were on the road to Jefferson City long before most of their peers were awake.
Upon arrival, Tim Kjellesvik, the Teen Leadership Program Director, debriefed the group on their itinerary. They then sat in on a House session, learned more about Missouri’s history at the Missouri State Museum, and climbed 238 feet to the dome of the capitol.
After a brief lunch at Arris Pizza, our teens met State Senator Robin Wright Jones then split into three groups to meet with their representatives. Their discussions with the legislators covered education policy, personal stories about entering politics, and the daily tasks of a representative.
The teens’ last stop was a visit with Judge Stith, a justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. After a long day of learning and a final goodbye, our teens left for St. Louis, ready to return home and share stories from their day.