After voting, the citizens attended their first School of Instruction session. There are 6 different schools: Law, Law Enforcement, Journalism, Legislative, Campaigning & Political Operations, and Democracy Academy.
Each school is designed to give the citizens the tools to succeed in their selected area and reach the peak of their potential of the career they choose while at Boy’s State. Citizens attend these schools each day to develop their skills as their Boys State jobs become more in depth with greater responsibilities.
That evening, the citizens had the honor and privilege of listening to two keynote speakers: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon,and Kansas City Mayor, Sly James.
Governor Nixon is no stranger to the Boys State program, as he has appeared each session since 1993.
Nixon focused on the importance of college education and the support of new business ideas and especially entrepreneurs. He also touched on what it means to him to govern, stating that you have to be willing to serve if you want to govern.
Before taking questions, Nixon signed signed House Bill 2002. Legislation to invest $3 billion in elementary and secondary classrooms during Fiscal Year 2013.
Citizens didn’t hold back in the Q&A session, questioning where to put money from Missouri's lotteries and his stance on Health Care Reform.
Following Nixon's remarks, newly elected Boys State City Mayors were sworn in by Kansas City Mayor Sly James. This was Mayor James' first visit to Missouri Boys State.
James shared his views on gun control, city education system and its flaws, as well as crime in Kansas City. He discussed his battle with city and state laws in an effort to improve the Kansas City School District, stating that whether it’s in your job description, it’s your duty as a leader to do whatever it takes to make a difference.
Mayor James took on hard questions such as details on his gun control views and crime stopping views and his plan of action on the subjects, respectively. His words of advice about being a leader were simple “leave people with hope.”