Celebrating 80 Years

Media Coordinator This session of Kansas Boys State marks the 80th Anniversary for the program. The first session took place in 1937 on the Wichita State University campus. Due to World War II, Kansas Boys State was not held in 1945. Other locations that have hosted the program include Wichita North High, Wichita West High, and the University of Kansas. Since 1991 the program has been hosted on the campus of Kansas State University — this is the 26th year at the location. Each summer young men from all over the state attend our program. Our mission is to provide a relevant, interactive, problem solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility. No two years are the same; every year Kansas Boys State changes to remain relevant. Our program is unique in how it uses an interactive simulation to facilitate our mission. This simulation allows delegates to choose which issues they want to address in their virtual community. Among other things, they can set taxes, hire police and educators, and pass bills in the legislature. Delegates are then provided feedback about projects completed at the City, County, and State level about their performance. Also within the program we have the Media and Highway Patrol. The Media reports on everything happening at state and hosts the state officer debate. The Highway Patrol works within the simulation to assist in enforcing laws that are created by the legislature. New to this year is shift toward city and county projects along with the use of a caucus during the election process. With an increased focus on local government, the goal is for staters to have an immediate impact on their communities. Boys State Alumni have become City Mayors, State Senators, College Student Body Presidents, and – most importantly – leaders in their communities.]]>