Vogts serves 2015 Kansas Boys State program


Myself and the coordinators of the 2015 American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy pose for a picture with Executive Director Rex Gardner following the completion of the week that hopefully changed the lives of many Kansas young men.

Myself and the coordinators of the 2015 American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy pose for a picture with Executive Director Rex Gardner following the completion of the week that hopefully changed the lives of many Kansas young men.

The first weeks of June are always a special time for me, and June 2015 was no different.

It is when the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy takes place, and I am honored and lucky to be one of the people involved in supporting this program, which is
a week-long leadership camp using government as a laboratory for experimenting with various leadership styles and positions.

When young men, who we call Staters, come away from the program, they go back home with a newfound sense of civic duty and thoughts on how to lead others.

In order to attend, a young man must be a junior going into his senior year of high school.

For the past few years I have been a coordinator, which means, in the most simplistic terms, I am in charge of helping oversee the entire week. Specifically, I am in charge of the media department of Boys State, which. The media is a more behind-the-scene entity within the scope of Boys State. We produce, with the help of Staters, a daily newspaper and a daily news broadcast. We also post pictures to our Flickr account, update social media pages, maintain the website, and, new to this year, post news stories to a media website, among other duties. After the close of each year, we also produce a yearbook, which we give to each person who attended State.

I was personally a Stater in 2003, and I have been involved in various capacities ever since, minus a few-year hiatus.

I am often asked why I give up nearly two weeks of summer to volun- teer with this program.

That answer is simple.

It gives me the opportunity to affect the lives of the youth in our state. I feel it is one of the most important activities I do with my life. I get to work with some of the greatest people I know, and we are all working for the same goal, increasing civic leadership and involvement within our State.

I treasure each person I get to work with, and it is beyond rewarding to see the change that takes place in the Staters.

I could go on and on about this program (over the years, I have in these posts). It is truly transformative for the Staters who dive in and give it their all.

If you are interested in this program, I urge you to visit www.ksbstate.org to learn more, and if you are interested in sending your young man or another young man to this program, please drop me a note via the “Contact Me” page.

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