“I’m Leo Morton, Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and I’m Man Enough to be a Girl Scout!”
The “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout” campaign is another great program by the Girl Scouts organization. It spotlights men who are committed to changing the leadership landscape for girls, and I’m proud to be one of 14 Kansas City-area men who signed on to this important awareness campaign.
The goal is to educate and raise awareness about the Girl Scouts’ mission to guide the next generation of leaders through its focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration, leadership training, outdoor experiences and community service.
Through the campaign, I met a brilliant young lady, Teyha Frederick. She is a Cadette Girl Scout from Martin City, Missouri. Teyha loves English, math and science – everything that’s needed for a career in the STEM field.
We know that our most successful students are those who can demonstrate that they are able to complete math and English at the college level in the first year. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for Teyha.
When we talked about her career interests, I learned she’s considering medicine and law. And I was pleased to discover she has attended the UMKC School of Medicine’s Saturday Academy. Attending Saturday Academy is a great way for a young person to learn about the medical field.
Teyha’s also interested in law, particularly family law. I was able to share with her all the great things the UMKC School of Law is teaching our future professionals.
I told Teyha she picked great fields because they are both in high demand. In the short time I spent with her, it was easy to tell Teyha cares about people. She credits Girl Scouts for teaching her how to care for others. She’s developed leadership skills and donates her time and talents to the community.
When girls succeed so does society. To change the leadership landscape, it will take all of us to get her there. I know Teyha will be successful. Watch our video and you’ll see why she is definitely going places.