I am a Freshman. How do I become a participant?

First, complete the Freshman Application. Include your parent/guardian and school administrator signatures within the stated timeframe.

I am a Sophomore. How do I become a participant?

First, complete the Sophomore Application. Include your parent/guardian and school administrator signatures within the stated timeframe.

I am a Junior. How do I become a participant?

First, complete the Junior Application. Include your parent/guardian and school administrator signatures within the stated timeframe.

I am a Senior. How do I become a participant?

You must successfully complete the Junior Leaders program, commit to becoming actively involved during your senior year in high school, and complete the Senior Application. Individual requests are considered if you have not participated in the Junior Leaders Program.

Program Curriculum

  • Personal Development—Students learn about etiquette, public speaking and networking skills. Resumes, business cards and interviewing techniques are also covered.  Students also learn to appreciate academic, social, economic, geographic and racial diversity as they met students who represent 15 high schools in Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
  • Personal Choice—Students learn the importance of personal choice.  Students meet with prisoners and staff at a federal detention center to discuss choices they have each made in their lives.
  • College Preparation—Admissions counselors from over 50 colleges meet with students during the College Expo to discuss application process, scholarships, student loans, and SAT and ACT testing preparation.  Seniors will spend additional time learning how to search and apply for scholarships and student loans.
  • Career Exploration—At least 40 businesses meet with students to discuss business and skills needed by employees.  A sample of businesses participating include Cerner, Sprint, BPU, DST Systems, KPMG, Country Club Bank, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Unified Government, Garmin, Virtual Market Advantage, among others. Businesses provide “mock interviews” to all students and share group tips for improvement.
  • Entrepreneurship—Business owners share information, start-up costs, personal risk, employee issues, challenges faced and benefits of being your own boss.
  • Economics—Students learn about the planning, zoning and financial issues faced by businesses and entrepreneurs.  Students also begin to understand the value of tax credits, star bonds, economic incentives and what they mean to community development.  Additionally, developers, architects and city officials share information about upcoming or completed projects.
  • Finances—Students work on personal budgets, discuss credit card debt, college loans and investments.
  • Community and Cultural Awareness—This includes students learning about their own community and surrounding communities within the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Local and state government – Students will understand the importance of registering and voting, working campaigns, running for office (while in high school and college).  In January, student leaders will travel to Jefferson City, MO and Topeka, KS to meet personally with their state legislators. 
  • Social Services—Students are introduced to the needs in their communities, including rehabilitation services and early childhood education.
  • Project Based Learning—Using this model, 20/20 Olympics was established for students to identify their project, create a business plan, design a marketing plan and develop a project that has an impact within their school and community. 
  • Project Examples:
    • Bonner Springs High School– “Get Your Mind Right” focused on dealing with stress
    • J.C. Harmon High School – “Harmon Hub” is a half mile walking trail on campus for student and community use
    • F.L. Schlagle High School  - “Girl Talk” focused on helping girls with understand the cost of teenage pregnancy, as well as tips on how to live healthier and avoid pregnancy during high school
    • Washington High School – “Washington Bound” was an all school event for middle school students, introducing them to the high school years
    • University Academy – “Healthy Dance” provided an evening dance for exercise, healthy eating and screen/technology free fun