Youth Development Collaborative Research Pitch Competition

The UM System Office of Engagement and Missouri AfterSchool Network will host a collaborative research pitch competition with $25,000 in prizes available to support the creation of a new or expansion of a current research project focused on youth development and well-being.

Youth and Mental Health – The Center for Evidence-Based Youth Mental Health: A Model for Improving Access to Quality Care for Missouri’s Youth

Dr. Kristin Hawley will describe the current youth mental health crisis in the U.S., where more than one in five youth suffers from an impairing mental health concern, and many families are unable to access effective care.

Youth and Mental Health – Breakout Sessions

Follow up Dr. Hawley’s presentation with further discussion in one of five breakout sessions based on participant interest area.

Levels of Brand Stewardship

Director of Integrated Marking Communications, Rob Jones, will discuss adopting a brand ambassador mindset.

MU Extension Program Meetings

MU Extension senior program directors will lead targeted discussions related to youth within each of five program areas

All Things Youth: State Agency Perspective

During the state agency panel, leaders in education, health and senior services, mental health, higher education and workforce development, social services and agriculture will explore challenges and opportunities for youth and families.

Keynote Session: What My Generation Needs From You

In this powerful and thought-provoking talk, Orion Jean, 2021 TIME Kid of the Year, discusses what the next generation needs from adults to build a brighter future for all.

Engaging Youth When School’s Out

Out of School Time (OST) describes a supervised program that youth regularly attend when school is not in session.

Out-of-School Time Programs/Site Visits

See firsthand what children and youth do after school by visiting afterschool and community youth development programs around the area.

K-12 Education: College and Career Readiness – Opportunities for Missouri’s Students in a Dynamic Economy

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of College and Career Readiness has several initiatives designed to support students in their career development.

K-12 Education: College and Career Readiness – Breakout Sessions

Follow up Travis Plume’s presentation with discussion in one of three breakout sessions.

The Little Desk: Conversations on Entrepreneurship, NIGHT THREE- DESIGN THINKING

The Little Desk, the latest collaboration from UMKC, The Porter House KC, and KCSourceLink, provides insights and lessons learned from the rising stars in Kansas City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

UniverCities Exchange

UniverCities Exchange, an ongoing collaborative project between UMKC and UMSL, gathers community leadership alongside academic expertise to discuss problems and possible solutions to issues affecting the Kansas City and St. Louis Metro Areas.

UniverCities Exchange: Urban Agriculture- Growing More Than Community Gardens

UniverCities Exchange, an ongoing collaborative project between UMKC and UMSL, gathers community leadership alongside academic expertise to discuss problems and possible solutions to issues affecting the Kansas City and St. Louis Metro Areas.

Special Olympics Missouri and UM System Partnership

The University of Missouri System is excited to announce its partnership with Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

Special Olympics is the world’s largest global sports organization. Their mission is to empower kids and adults with intellectual disabilities to “discover new strengths, abilities, skills, and much more”1 through sports. Special Olympics is a prolific athletic organization, but it’s also a profound social movement. While the athletic competitions are an important core element of the organization, the overall aim is much larger: to improve the health, self-confidence, and skills of athletes to become productive community members. Learn more about the worldwide organization here.

SOMO was incorporated in 1971 and continues to uphold the global mission of Special Olympics to train and host athletic competitions for individuals throughout Missouri.

Recently, SOMO sent 126 Team Missouri delegates, including 77 athletes, to the 2022 USA Games returning with 71 medals! This outstanding performance is testament to the tremendous athletes supported by SOMO through their hundreds of yearly trainings and competitions.

This summer, SOMO is excited to bring over 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and partners from across Missouri to Columbia for the Missouri State Summer Games June 2-4. This year’s state games will feature four sports: volleyball, swimming, powerlifting, and track and field. To learn more about the State Summer Games, read their recent press release. If you are interested in supporting SOMO by volunteering, learn about about various opportunities here.

Topic: Food, Health & Environment

In this session, panelists will explore the intersection of food, health and environment from a global perspective and with a focus on the importance of local extension activities.

Growing Fruitful Extension-Farmer Relationships to Catalyze Food Production Across Scales

This session features extension faculty and farmers who have developed productive working relationships. We will learn how these relationships impact farmers’ food production capacity and advance innovation on the farm. We will also provide practical advice on how to develop fruitful relationships.

Food Manufacturing and the Economy

This session will provide an overview of the food production industry and major statewide trends. In addition, panelists will discuss some of the macro forces, research and work throughout the four University of Missouri System universities related to this industry, including changing food prices and consumer preferences, location decision-making and supply chain limits.

Combating Missouri’s Urban Food Deserts

In this session, the panelists will explore the current state of resource availability and historical events that led to our current issues. We’ll end our discussion on how you can join the creative ways our communities are addressing the problem.

Climate, Markets and Politics: Food and Agriculture at a Generational Crossroads

We are living in a time of volatility that presages even more radical changes to come. How will we respond to these great challenges and opportunities? Will we be able to anticipate them rather than just react to them?

From Problem to Opportunity through Collaboration: Building Resilient Community Food Systems in Missouri

Join the MU Extension Food Systems Network to learn about multi-disciplinary efforts to build resilient community food systems that create positive economic impacts, enhance food access and increase food and nutrition security for all Missourians.

Busting Myths Regarding GMO Technology

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about genetic modification of animal and plant agricultural products.

Adding Value to Agriculture

The Show-Me-State Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative is a collaboration among colleges and universities, state agencies, commodity groups and industry in Missouri. Members will showcase the initiative’s potential, priorities and process in this engaging panel discussion.

Food Producer Roundtable

During this session, farmers and ranchers will tell the story of Missouri food production. Join this grassroots discussion to hear directly from the people who grow and raise food as they define the issues they currently face and discuss future opportunities for food production.

All Things Missouri: Food Security

Take a deeper dive into the topic of food security with leading experts from the field. This session will explore food security issues on multiple levels and from various perspectives using an adapted “Ignite” session format.

All Things Food Poster Session

University of Missouri faculty, students and staff will share how food-related research, community involvement, programs and other services impact Missourians.

Human Health and Soil Health: Facts, Fiction and Future

This event is offered by NextGen Precision Health in partnership with University of Missouri System’s Extension and Engagement Week: All Things Food

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice with Policy, Systems and Environmental Work

Using policy, systems and environmental community work, how do we get people to make healthy choices if they have not experienced or lived the healthy choice journey? The healthy choice path includes seeing, touching, feeling and thinking about real-time food options and access.

UniverCities Exchange: Growing More Than Community Gardens

In this session, panelists will explore ways that various forms of urban agriculture can increase food production and distribution to reduce food insecurity and shrink cities’ food deserts. We’ll discuss initiatives in Kansas City and St. Louis that are underway and opportunities to get involved.

Seasoning the Traditions of our Cultures

Learn the cultural significance of food in different parts of the world and how we develop traditions around what, where, when and why we eat and drink.

All Things Missouri: Health Research Poster Session

Meet UM System researchers and hear about their work aimed at improving the health and well-being of Missourians!

Engagement Week Research Poster Session

Researchers from across the system and MU Extension share their latest work as part of Engagement Week’s focus on health.

MU Health and Wellness Fair

Join us at the Family Impact Center Friday, Oct. 22, from 1-5pm for Stay Strong Stay Healthy, Food Demos, 4-H STEM activities, Audiology Clinic, Vet Med Pet Food Drive, Go Baby Go, MedZou and more! Plus you can find service activities all around the state of Missouri at your local extension office!

MU Extension Days of Service

As part of Extension and Engagement Week’s Days of Service, MU Extension is planning service activities all over the state! Find one near you and get in on the action!

MU Day of Service Food Drive

MU Extension & Engagement will be hosting a food drive to benefit Tiger Pantry, October 22nd, 2021 from 7:30AM-1:00PM. The food drop-off location will be at the North entrance of Hitt Street garage in Columbia.

Research Enabled

The Research Enabled portal quickly connects companies to the wealth of expertise and resources at the seven campuses of the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University systems, to address technical, business, and other research needs of industry and organizations.

UM System Maps

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UM System Asset Map

Click in the map below to explore UM System’s Extension offices, MU health facilities, Presidential Fellows events, and UM System properties.

UM System Map

Explore UM System properties, Extension offices, hospitals and Presidential Engagement Fellows statewide

MO Source Link

MOSourceLink connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with a network of nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services

UM System Footprint Across the State of Missouri

Learn more about how the University of Missouri System continually impacts a number of sectors by district and across the state.

Construction Projects

In 2018, the UM System construction projects resulted in a total investment in the state of $122.7 million.


53,542 students with 11,230 Pell grant recipients (aid year 2018)

Health Care

226,464 patients seen at UM Health Care, with $52.0 million of uncompensated care

All Things Missouri

All Things Missouri is a gateway to maps, data, reports, and resources to help better understand community needs and allocate resources

Tax Revenue

$60.0 million in Tax Revenue from 31,472 people employed by UM System