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Take Action: Name a bridge in Savannah, Georgia, after Juliette Gordon Low

From Girl Scouts of the USA

It’s Girl Scout Week! Calling all Girl Scouts, volunteers, alums, and supporters to help us celebrate by taking action! There are just three weeks remaining in the Georgia legislative session, and we need your help to urge the state legislature to name the Savannah River bridge for Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low.

Last fall, Girl Scouts launched a Movement-wide effort to name a bridge in Savannah after our legendary founder. At G.I.R.L. 2017, Girl Scouts from across the country signed a banner and petition in support of the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge. Georgia Girl Scouts wrote their legislators to ask for their support, and on February 6, more than 400 girls visited the state capitol to lobby their representatives in person.

Now we need your help!

As the state’s legislative session comes to a close, we must show the members of the Georgia General Assembly the strength of our Movement nationwide.

Take action today: Click here to tell Georgia lawmakers to support the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge.

Reach out to fellow Girl Scout supporters near and far in this campaign to name the Savannah bridge after Juliette Gordon Low. Please share our link, advocate.girlscouts.org, and ask others to take action. Thank you for your support.

My World, My Voice, My 2012 Election

With the November 2012 elections fast approaching, now is a great time to engage your troop or group in learning more about government and citizenship. Girl Scouts of Colorado has put together an activity guide to get Girl Scouts more involved in the elections while also giving them the skill needed to encourage other members of their community to become involved as well.

In this guide, you will see a list of suggested activities to help nurture your Girl Scouts into informed and responsible citizens by preparing them for the day they get their chance at the voting booth. Activities are broken down into three sections, Discover, Connect and Take Action. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your girls engaged in a discussion about leadership and government.

2012 Election Activity Guide

For questions, suggestions or guidance please e-mail myworld@gscolorado.org. (Important Note: Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t advocate for one political party/candidate or another, or participate in a political rally as Girl Scouts, such as wearing their Girl Scout uniforms to a political rally. If you have further questions, please email rachelle.trujillo@gscolorado.org.)

Global Action Award

Over a decade ago 193 United Nation States and 23 international organizations came together to form eight goals that seek to improve the conditions of the world’s poorest countries by 2015. These goals launched by the United Nations include:

  1. Ending hunger and poverty
  2. Providing universal education
  3. Empowering girls
  4. Helping children survive
  5. Keeping mothers healthy
  6. Preventing diseases
  7. Saving the planet
  8. Promoting peace through partnership

Noticing how important these goals are to us all, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Girl Scouts of the USA came together to create the Global Action Award that seeks to engage our Girl Scouts, Daisies to Ambassadors, to help the United Nations reach their goals by 2015.

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to make sure we do our part too and has partnered with a local partner, Bead for Life, to help girls understand what life is like for many women and girls worldwide, with a focus on Uganda. Working together, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Bead for Life have combined the two stellar curriculums, Global Action Award and Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time, to bring a program unique to Colorado.

This program corresponds with the It’s Your World-Change It Journey.

Sign up now for an event in your area now! girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities

If you do not see one, contact myworld@gscolorado.org to learn how to bring this program to your area.

BeadforLife is a Colorado non-profit that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. BeadforLife helps its members by teaching them how to make jewelry to support their families while learning the skills to become business owners and entrepreneurs as well as reaching out to teach youth about global poverty and how they can make a difference in the world.

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts take on City Hall

From “Proud Troop Leader” Monica Hobbs

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To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, 5th grade Junior Troop 1947 of Steele Elementary in Colorado Springs, aimed to get a crosswalk at a dangerous intersection near their school. Neighbors had tried for years and suggested maybe the city would listen to Girl Scouts.

The four members – Kalyana, Alexa, Chloe and Lauren – divided up the responsibilities – school, neighborhood, city and media – and when a city traffic engineer gave them a flat out “no,” it didn’t stop them. They researched safe options and built a support team of neighbors and experts; made a PowerPoint presentation of their findings and a video of the intersection and got the support of their neighborhood association board and school; they collected signatures on a petition and even found funding with a grant. Alexa Huesgen Hobbs said,”It was so exciting to see how everyone wanted to help us – most of the things we found out just by talking to people.”

Their advisors told them to take it to the citizen’s forum at City Hall, but first meet one-on-one with a couple key City Council members. (In fact, one of the City Council people they worked with was Jan Martin, a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction, who are women leaders in the community.) To create buzz and generate support on the day of the presentation the troop placed signs at the dangerous intersection, invited neighbors to attend and contacted the local media. The media story ran as the second story on the 5 o’clock news and lead at 10 and was front page on the local paper’s website, being picked up by other internet news sources to include MSNBC (this story includes a link to the video the troop created about the intersection). The next day the newspaper story ran big in print on the third page! Chloe Hilby said,”It felt awesome trying to help the community.”

The troop was able to get support from the City Council in these ways. The Council not only gave the Girl Scouts a “yes,” but praised them for their well prepared and thorough presentation, and, most importantly, for not taking “no” for an answer.  They wanted young people to know that they really can make a difference. (View video of the troop’s presentation to the City Council) Kalyana Gallagher said, “It was a great experience and super fun! I learned teamwork, responsibility and safety, for sure.” Lauren Sutz added, “I learned that it is more important to help the community than yourself. When you help the community you are helping yourself.”

Did I mention these girls are 10 years old?


Girl Scouts of the USA also covered this story on their blog