Training Conferences

2024 Conference Dates

This year’s conferences are scheduled the following:

  • Columbia, MO- July 21-23, 2024 (Registration for this location is full please contact Rachel Penny)
    Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center
  • Cape Girardeau, MO- July 25-27, 2024 (Registration for this location is full please contact Rachel Penny)
    Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

The Columbia conference will begin on Sunday afternoon and conclude Tuesday evening around 5pm.

The Cape Girardeau conference will begin Thursday afternoon and conclude Saturday evening around 5pm.

Each conference offers the same programming and overall experience. Teams should choose a conference best suited to their location or that works best for their schedule.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we will take proactive steps to maintain a safe environment in order to protect the health of all participants.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the conference area.
  • Social distancing measures will be encouraged during all conference activities.
  • Schools will ONLY room with students from their school.

“This was an excellent opportunity for our team. The kids loved it and we are prepared to act.” -Team Advisor

Costs & Registration Information

The registration fee is $15 per person. A team consists of up to 12 student members and two adult advisors.  For more information on obtaining registration fee funding through your area coalition, please contact Kacey Wilson at 573-751-5413 or

Lodging, meals and conference materials are provided through the support of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) Highway Safety and Traffic Division, Cape Girardeau Safe Communities and the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Teams are responsible for their own transportation expenses.

Teams of students and advisors will be selected by school administration and faculty from participating schools throughout Missouri. Applications must be endorsed by the school administrator and the student’s parent(s) or guardian.

“I had a great time. I’m really inspired to go back and make a difference. This is a great thing!” -Student Participant

Conference Schedule

The schedule includes general sessions, workshops, school team meetings, and fun activities.  The conference is designed to be high-energy and provides activities for participants from early morning until late evening.

Most highly rated activities of the conference include:

  • Victim Impact Testimonials
  • Drowsy Driving Workshop
  • Take Charge! Leadership Training Workshop
  • Life-size Whale Building Session
  • TRACTION Olympics
  • Peer to Peer Training
  • Docudrama Workshop

Register your team now!

Contact Information

Rachel Penny
TRACTION Coordinator
Phone: 573-335-6621 x 1821

Kacey Wilson
Highway Safety Program Manager
MoDOT – Highway Safety & Traffic
Phone: 573-751-5413