MWCA Chairman, Governor Bob Holden reflects on the broader impact of this summer’s ground-breaking youth exchange in a recent Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

This June, the US-China Youth Leadership Exchange under the direction of the Midwest US-China Association, afforded 36 young Chinese men and women from 11 different provinces and municipalities across China the opportunity to immerse themselves in a decidedly American experience, alongside some of Missouri’s highest achieving students.

MWCA Chairman, Gov. Bob Holden shared with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “At the core of these youth leadership programs is the fundamental belief that the individual has the power to change the world, no matter their background or station in life. Amazing things happen then, when one has the opportunity to gather such forward thinkers together, with hearts and minds that possess a collective desire to rise to their own level of leadership. I am tremendously proud to have been involved in such a convening.”