MoDOT Youth Transportation Conference (YTC)

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) sponsors an annual Youth Transportation Conference each summer in Jefferson City, Missouri. Up to thirty students are selected from across the state to attend. The conference is free to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, with participants staying overnight on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The conference exposes students across Missouri to numerous career opportunities in transportation and engineering. It is packed with fun and exciting academic, career development, and social activities. Students apply STEM-related concepts learned in school to transportation-related problems. The academic curriculum includes sessions on math modeling, applied physics, magnetic levitation, public administration, and safety. Other activities include field trips, office/site tours, and speakers from various divisions within MoDOT and related organizations.

Interested students must complete an application accompanied by two letters of recommendation. For more information regarding the Youth Transportation Conference please contact the MoDOT Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division at 573-522-9482 or via email at 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply? 

Any Missouri student in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade interested in engineering or transportation careers. You must have parental approval. 

How do I apply?

Fill out the YTC application along with two letters of recommendation. Electronic signatures will NOT be accepted.

When is the conference?

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - Saturday, July 13, 2024--with Saturday morning departure. The conference length will be adjusted yearly depending on availability. 

How much does it cost?

MoDOT fully funds room, board, food, and travel to field trips for each selected student. MoDOT does not cover travel to and from the conference or incidentals. 

Is there a limit to the number of times I can attend YTC?

Students can apply to attend YTC every year in grades 9-12. Students who have attended prior do not receive special consideration, but we would be excited to see repeat participants.

How many participants are selected each year?

Up to 30 students each year. This is a competitive program that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the transportation and engineering field while being immersed in it at a collegiate and professional level. 

Is there travel involved?

Yes. While students stay on campus at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, we will travel to other locations around the state to visit other colleges and MoDOT facilities.

Do students have the option to leave campus or the conference during free time?

Students will not have the option to leave the conference or campus during their free time. Students can go to their rooms or converse with other students in the common areas--as no student is allowed in another student’s room.

Who do I contact with any questions or concerns? Who do I send my application and letters of recommendation to?

Missouri Department of Transportation

ATTN: Tynesha Bryan

601 W. Main Street (Annex Bldg.)

Jefferson City, MO 65102