Trains Girls for Leadership
The University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development is offering young girls a glimpse of the future and the potential for women to fill prominent roles in the political, scientific or athletic arena – even a place like the Oval Office.
The Institute’s week-long program, Madam President Camp, is offered through its Civic Engagement Program and in partnership with the Women in Politics Foundation. It will take place on the UMKC campus June 10-14. The camp is a leadership incubator for preteen girls entering 5th through the 8th grades who are interested in all levels of governance, business, and the nonprofit sector.
Through such activities as watching a bill signing in Jefferson City, attending a City Council session, and meeting with Mayor Sly James, the program acquaints campers with the skills necessary to lead and helps them build a network of like-minded peers. With the potential for growing a cadre of politically savvy, confident young women, it is hoped that they will become a force in Kansas City and beyond.
The program is non-partisan, intended only to stimulate young women’s interest in public service. At the close of camp, each girl is paired with a mentor to help sustain her interest in community affairs.