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Earn STEM and Business badges at One Smart Cookie

Submitted by Stephenie Thorne

Metro Denver

Denver

Looking for an opportunity to earn STEM badges? On January 26, 2019, Alpha Eta Iota will be running a workshop called One Smart Cookie, which offers exciting badges in cybersecurity and business! The event is hosted in the Engineering and Computer Science building at the University of Denver. Each badge session will be two hours for both Juniors and Cadettes. The following badges will be offered:

  • Juniors: Cybersecurity 1: Basics (9 – 11 a.m.) and Product Designer (Noon – 2 p.m.)
  • Cadettes: Netquitte (9 – 11 a.m.) and The Science of Happiness (Noon – 2 p.m.)

The cost of the event is $6 for the morning or afternoon and $12 for the full day.

Register at https://my.cheddarup.com/c/one-smart-cookie.

The registration deadline is January 16 or when capacity is reached.

Contact stephenie.thorne@du.edu with questions or for more info.

Girl Scouts staying for both sessions should bring a sack lunch.

All instruction will be provided by volunteers. Girl Scout volunteers and parents will be needed to maintain safety ratios. A space will be available for parents to hang out during the event if needed.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Can Help You Land A Job

The following is a guest post from Alli Oswandel, longtime Girl Scout volunteer and current AmeriCorps member

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Recently, I was hired for my dream job, a fourth grade teacher in Northern Colorado. A lucky break since the FWB jobs market dried up recently with the economy. I can honestly say I owe it to my time volunteering with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Over the past 5 years, I have had the rewarding experience of volunteering as a Day Camp Director. I’ve made an impact on 100s of girls’ lives offering experiences like archery and canoeing. During the last year as an AmeriCorps Member for Girl Scouts of Colorado I was able to support GSCO’s recruitment of new volunteers as well as offer programs for girls. Not only have I developed the skills for management, organization and enthusiasm to get me ready for my new classroom, but I have also created relationships and connections that led me to my new career.

Check out the article below, which is a study published this summer on the professional benefits of volunteerism. This proves what I always knew to be true – I spend my time volunteering to help others and I get the benefit of professional experience as icing on the cake. It’s a win-win! Do you know anyone looking for a job that could benefit from volunteering with Girl Scouts of Colorado? Send them our way; we’re always looking for great volunteers. You can learn more about volunteering on our website.

Volunteers More Likely to Land Jobs, Study Finds
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Jun 18, 2013
First-ever federal research finds unemployed individuals who volunteer are 27% more likely to find work than non-volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A groundbreaking new report from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides the most compelling empirical evidence to date establishing an association between volunteering and employment.

The study, “Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment: Does Volunteering Increase Odds of Finding a Job for the Out of Work?” finds that unemployed individuals who volunteer over the next year have 27 percent higher odds of being employed at the end of the year than non volunteers. The relationship between volunteering and employment holds stable regardless of a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or job market conditions.

“Many of us in the volunteer sector have long felt volunteering gives a boost to those looking for work, but we’ve never had solid research to back it up,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “This report shows a definitive relationship – volunteers are more likely to be employed a year later than non-volunteers. We know that volunteering can help job seekers develop skills and expand professional contacts, creating a positive impression that can make a big difference in a competitive job market.”

The federal agency used 10 years of data from the Census Bureau and analyzed a nationally representative sample of more than 70,000 individuals 16 years or older who were looking for work. The report examines their volunteer and employment status over two years to determine whether there was a relationship between volunteering and securing a job.

The report’s finding of a 27 percent increase in odds of employment was statistically significant. The association between volunteering and employment remained consistent across each year of the study period and varying unemployment rates, suggesting that volunteering may provide an advantage regardless of economic conditions. Importantly, the relationship was strongest among individuals without a high school diploma (51 percent increase in odds) and individuals who live in rural areas (55 percent increase in odds).

“This research suggests that people with limited skills or social connections – particularly those without a high school education – may see an extra benefit to volunteering as a way to open doors and level the playing field,” said Dr. Christopher Spera, director of evaluation and research at CNCS.

Prior research has shown that volunteering can increase a person’s social connections and professional contacts (social capital) and skills and experiences (human capital), two factors that are positively related to employment outcomes. In addition, some workers may see volunteering as a possible entry route into a new field or organization where they would like to work.

Promoting volunteer service as a pathway for employment and opportunity has been a priority of CNCS. The agency provides vital leadership and support to America’s voluntary sector through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Volunteer Generation Fund, and other programs. Last year, the agency engaged more than five million Americans in service to meet local needs and built the capacity of thousands of nonprofits to more effectively recruit and manage volunteers.

The connection between volunteering and employment has also been promoted by the Department of Labor, which issued policy guidance last year recognizing that volunteering can help expand opportunity for unemployed individuals by enabling them to develop and maintain skills, expand their network of contacts, and enhance their resumes. The guidance encouraged state workforce agencies to promote volunteering by individuals receiving unemployment compensation.

“This research has far-reaching implications for the volunteer sector, for workforce agencies, for policymakers, and for those who are out of work,” Spencer said. “We encourage nonprofits across the country to engage out-of-work Americans as volunteers, and to help them develop skills and contacts and take on leadership roles. For those who are out of work, consider volunteering as one part of your job search strategy. Visit Serve.gov to find volunteer opportunities in your area.”

http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2013/volunteers-more-likely-land-jobs-study-finds

Join me for National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th

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Me (right) doing an interview with Central City Girl Scout Ashley this last weekend on CBS 4 in Denver

Girl Scout Cookie time is here! I’ve already broken open a few packages and am enjoying every bite of these yummy treats.

But, being a lifelong Girl Scout, I also know these yummy treats benefit something really special here in our community. You see, Girl Scout Cookies help fund everything Girl Scouts, from our camps to our programs. Our Girl Scouts also use their money to travel the world, or to make a difference in their community through a take action project. Through all these experiences, girls are gaining lifelong skills, and most importantly become community leaders who will continue to make a positive difference in this world. I know for me personally Girl Scouts has made me the person I am today. I know I learned every one of the five skills that we teach girls during cookie time, and use each one of them daily — goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

On Feb. 8th, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, you can help Girl Scouts of Colorado spread the word on why Girl Scout Cookie time is so important to the girls. Just take to your (or your company’s) Facebook or Twitter that day, and talk about Girl Scout Cookie time. Share a personal story like mine, or talk about what you’ve learned about Girl Scouts and why you should support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies. Link to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org) for all the details on buying cookies. We will also be giving away free Girl Scout Cookies on Facebook and Twitter throughout National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado! And we look forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day with you on Friday!!

Mesa County Girl Scouts hold Cookie Rally

On Monday evening, Jan. 14, Girl Scouts from all corners of Mesa County gathered at Grand Mesa Middle School to celebrate the beginning of the cookie program. One hundred and forty-seven girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade, along with 67 troop volunteers, participated in financial literacy and safety activity stations. They practiced and honed their cookie selling skills, and how to approach a customer, how to make change, what the ingredients are in each cookie, and what to say when a customer says “no.” They also got to sample the six cookie varieties.

Additionally, each girl learned about staying safe, the difference between needs and wants and the importance of giving back to their community. Local volunteers from US Bank, Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter and the Fruita Fire Department joined with Girl Scout volunteers, high school Girl Scouts and Girl Scout staff to facilitate 13 girl-focused stations and one parent-focused station.

Media coverage was provided by KKCO, Channel 11, our local NBC affiliate. Ninety-one percent of the troops attending agreed that after participating in the cookie rally they were more excited to get started selling cookies. Seventy-five percent of the parents felt the training, just for them, helped them to better understand how to support their daughter.

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Girl Scouts all smiles at Cookie Rally in Broomfield

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Eighty Girl Scouts gathered in Broomfield Monday night for a Cookie Rally to gear up for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program that begins in Colorado Jan. 27th. During the event the girls worked on goal-setting and making posters for their Booth Sales. They also learned about all the cookies they will be selling with some taste testing and how to stay safe while selling cookies. There was lots of singing and games throughout the event, including a fun cheer made up by our Program Manager Joy Henika:

“1, 2, 3, 4, we sell cookies door-to-door! 5, 6, 7, 8, we sell cookies that taste great!”

Our program team live blogged from the rally. View the recap, with some more event photos, here.

Blog posted by Amanda Kalina, Director of Public Relations, Girl Scouts of Colorado (with help from Girl Scouts of Colorado Program Team Members Beth Ryan, Joy Henika and Sarah Mannie)

Colorado Girl Scouts join nation in Virtual Cookie Sleepover

I don’t know about you, but I had a blast Saturday night in my fuzzy slippers and warm blanket hearing from Girl Scouts across Colorado as they participated in the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover put on by our cookie bakery, Little Brownie Bakers! The National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover was a fun event where Girl Scouts gathered with their girlfriends in their community and then connected with Girl Scouts doing the same thing across the nation online, with the evening’s goal to connect and exchange ideas and learn what it takes to have a successful Girl Scout Cookie season. Some of the interactive activities for the evening included singing, games, goal-setting and making items to prepare for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program, such as Booth Sale posters.

In Colorado Springs, Girl Scouts gathered for an event at the YMCA. There was another event that took place, despite the frigid temps, at a nearby camp, Sky High Ranch, as well. Fort Collins Girl Scouts held a cookie rally, with many of the teen Girl Scouts from the area leading the younger girls in activities. And many Girl Scouts in the Denver-metro area and on the Western Slope gathered in small groups in homes for the sleepover event. Girl Scouts across Colorado shared their stories and photos from Saturday night with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have photos or stories to share, post them to our social media channels, or share your stories here.

We hope Saturday night got you pumped up for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. I know we can hardly wait!

National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover – Jan. 12th!

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We are getting excited about the upcoming National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover! How about you?!? If you haven’t heard about this event yet, it is going to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at 8 p.m./MST. This event can be done anywhere where there’s an Internet connection. One girl or even a group of girls can participate in this event together (it doesn’t have to be a troop activity). All girls who participate will join girls from across the country who are having a sleepover/pajama party in their area. For more information and ideas to get ready from your sleepover/pajama party, check out Little Brownie Bakers website. And if we haven’t convinced you yet, check out the video below on this first-ever event that’s sure to be a hit. We hope to see you there! (We will also be live Facebooking throughout the event on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook page, so be sure to join the conversation!)

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Girl Scouts: supercharge your cookie sales this holiday season!!

Shadow Girls NewColorsGirl Scouts of Colorado has a great Cookie Sales Opportunity for Juniors and above! GSCO board members and community partners will be hosting cookie parties during the 2013 Cookie Program. And we are looking for entrepreneurial Girl Scout troops who want to attend these events to sell cookies.

To apply, you need to come up with a cookie business sales presentation, video it and send it into us here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookiepartytroops no later than Jan. 27. You can access tools for putting together your presentation on the Little Brownie Bakers website.

If you are looking for a way to supercharge your cookie sales this holiday season, this might be a great way to do it!

National Girl Scout Cookie Day – Feb. 8, 2013

f3a3935f92ba42049f634558dac8e3a9Girl Scouts of the USA has officially named February 8, 2013 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day! On this day we will celebrate Girl Scout Cookie time, teaching the community about the lifelong skills learned through selling cookies as well as spreading the word on how to purchase cookies.

These efforts will be supported nationally through media and public service announcement placements. Girl Scouts of the USA is also planning a social media campaign. They’ve also put together a fabulous new Girl Scout Cookie website (a Spanish version of the site will launch in January), which encompasses the themes that will be emphasized on National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be marking the National Girl Scout Cookie Day with Cookie Social Media Day, which was previously announced on Nov. 30th (read that blog). We also are planning media and public service announcement placements for the Girl Scout Cookie season, which runs Jan. 27th through March 3rd.

We hope you will support Girl Scout Cookie time by getting involved in the National Girl Scout Cookie Day activities!

Girl Scouts of Colorado to hold Cookie Social Media Day Feb. 8

I’m excited to announce that Girl Scouts of Colorado is launching a first-ever Cookie Social Media Day during the 2013 Cookie Program! So mark your calendar, share the information with friends and family, and we look forward to having you participate! (Cookie Social Media Day is part of National Girl Scout Cookie Day  on Feb. 8th.)

Cookie Social Media Day 2013 

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which is the date for Cookie Social Media Day and the first day of Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales in Colorado, we want everyone, from our girl members, adult volunteers, families, donors, partners, alumnae, staff and friends to be talking about Girl Scout Cookie time on social media. Our goal is to show the community the real-life skills they are supporting when they buy Girl Scouts Cookies.

Participating is easy!  

1. Log on to Facebook or Twitter at any time on Friday, Feb. 8.

2. Post a personal message/story about Girl Scout Cookie time. You are encouraged to incorporate the 5 Skills Girls learn by selling Girl Scout Cookies (Goal-Setting, Decision-Making, Money Management, People Skills, Business Ethics). And feel free to share a photo or two if you want as well.  Sample messages:

Facebook: It’s @ Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie time! I very much credit my goal-setting skills to when I sold Girl Scout Cookies as a young girl (see the photo of me at age 8 here). Without those skills I don’t think I would have had what it takes to start my own business. Did you sell Girl Scout Cookies or know someone who did? What did you/they learn? See more about Girl Scout Cookie time in Colorado at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: Girl Scout Cookies helped my daughter become a math whiz. What’s your #gscocookies story? girlscoutsofcolorado.org @GSColo

Update 1/23/13: If you don’t have a personal Girl Scout connection, you can still show support for Girl Scout Cookie time on National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th by posting a message like this on your personal (or company) social media:

Facebook: Today’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We salute @ Girl Scouts of Colorado for the leadership skills they instill in girls. I/We look forward to supporting the biggest girl-led business in the world by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, which are on sale in Colorado through March 3. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We am/are purchasing cookies from @GSColo to support a great girl leadership program #gscocookies

3. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado in your post. (Facebook: facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado) (Twitter: @GSColo; #gscocookies)

4. You can also share a link to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website, which will have more information about purchasing cookies: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Win “cool free stuff”

Watch our social media channels throughout the day of Feb. 8 for contests we will be conducting for your chance to win items like free Girl Scout Cookies!

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