From 2001 to 2005, the Missouri Youth Cabinet actively engaged dozens of students in state-level policy-making, including in the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
For each year of Governor Bob Holden’s administration, 45 students between the ages of 17 and 22 served as policy advisors to the governor by working for designated state departments, which also included public safety, agriculture and home land security in addition to education. Youth Cabinet members worked closely with their official counterparts.
Targeting nonprofit and education-oriented youth organizations, the Governor’s Youth Policy Team narrowed the candidate field. An average of 500 students applied for the annually for the Missouri Youth Cabinet.
Twenty students were selected by the Governor, with two typically assigned to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Each student member of chaired a committee of students, which in turn ensured diversity and inclusion while assisting the students in the advising process.