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Metro East Leadership Weekend

Metro East Youth Leadership Weekend

Every year, the Institute hosts the "Metro East Youth Leadership Weekend" on the SIU Carbondale campus, for young African-American men from the Metro East area of St. Louis.

This program focuses on leadership development and community service, plus motivating and encouraging youth to contribute to their communities and make good choices.

The retreat provides youth from eighth to twelfth grades with:

  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • Leadership workshops
  • Introspection discussion groups

The program also provides a weekend of motivational speakers and SIU campus activities/events to attend. Many young men who have participated in the program have gone on to attend institutions of higher education.

If you would like to know more or become involved with event, please contact:
Dr. Linda Renee Baker at