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Make New Friends – Brighton/Commerce City/Reunion (Virtual)

Your little girl is about to take a BIG step! Naturally, you want to do everything you can to prepare her to start kindergarten with confidence. That’s where Girl Scouts comes in—our kindergarten readiness course is free and open to all girls.

A 4-Part virtual series provides opportunities to girls to strengthen four competencies as they enter kindergarten. This series allows her to connect with the same friends each week, as well as Girl Scouts staff and volunteers who lead her through sessions around language & literacy, cognition, approaches to learning, and social and emotional learning.

This event will be held for 30 minutes each day, July 27-July 30, 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance, etc. Please register at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/make_new_friends_brighton_commerce_city_reunion_virtual_07_27_07_30_2020

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

A Zoom link will be provided within 24 hours of the event. Please watch your email for the link.

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or call her at 303-607-4857. Having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Special Message from Governor Jared Polis to Troop 65740

Girl Scout Troop 65740 from Denver received a special message from Colorado Governor Jared Polis after earning the Climate Change patch! One of the requirements is to talk to a state representative or senator about your concern regarding climate change and ask what they are doing to prevent it. The girls took action and went one step further—contacting Governor Polis himself! Instead of simply writing a letter, they drew pictures of animals affected by climate change. The girls are concerned not just about their own future due to climate change, but of Colorado’s wildlife too. The pictures they drew are of Colorado wildlife that are already threatened or endangered, and face an even more difficult future because of climate change. Governor Polis was so impressed that he sent the girls a special video message. Watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrating Pride Month 2020

Submitted by Emily Mullen, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

Metro Denver

Denver

Happy Pride!

Black Trans Lives Matter. In 2019, advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. In 2020, so far, at least 15 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say “at least” because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. (source: https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-trans-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2020)

This year, pride will look different for a lot of people. At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we stand with every LGBTQI+ person this Pride month and beyond. We know there is a lot of work to be done daily to practice being an ally. We encourage you to have age appropriate conversations with your Girl Scouts about LGBTQI+ identities. Below is a noncomprehensive list on how to practice allyship for the LGBTQI+ community:

  • Listen. Open yourself up to understanding without the desire to be heard. Respect the voices of those within the LGBTQI+ community and use your platform of privilege to raise those voices up.
  • Learn. Do the work to educate yourself; it is not the responsibility of someone within the LGBTQI+ community to educate you. Google is an extremely helpful tool if you ever have questions, however, it is important to check the resources you are using for credibility. We have also linked some helpful resources at the bottom of this post.
  • Grow. It’s okay to not be perfect – messing up is in our nature. Apologize for your mistakes and move on. Learn from your mistakes and do better next time. Always continue learning. An ally’s work is never done. Language is always changing, which means continuing education is crucial.

Helpful Resources for Engaging Youth

Colorado Based Resources

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

CANCELLED: Want to get started but don’t know how?

Whether you are a college-student, retiree, or anyone looking to give back to your community, Girl Scouts of Colorado has an exciting, new volunteer opportunity for you — from the comfort of your home!

We are looking for virtual volunteers to help lead girls in our virtual troop program! Our virtual troop program is six meetings long, lasting anywhere from three to six weeks.  Volunteers would work alongside a Girl Scout staff person to lead girls through fun and creative activities during 30 minutes to an hour-long meeting, one to two times a week. The goal of the virtual troop program is to help transition participating family members into a troop leadership role.

If you think this sounds like a fun opportunity to give back to girls in your community, join us for an upcoming New Volunteer Chat! This chat is geared towards new and interested volunteers to Girl Scouts of Colorado, living in the Denver metro area, as a way to learn more about our volunteering from home opportunity. During this online event, you will learn what our volunteering from home program looks like, what it means to be a part of a virtual troop and to be a virtual volunteer, and all the fun and exciting opportunities you can bring girls in your community through our virtual troop program!

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we believe in girls and what they can do, empowering them to take action and advocate for themselves and their communities, to create the future they want to see.

By volunteering to be a positive adult role model in girls’ lives, you can make a lasting impact. Join today!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-volunteer-chat-with-girl-scouts-of-colorado-tickets-109007749112

*This is an online event. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration. 

Helping to clean up after protests

 

Submitted by Maria Casaverde Marin

Metro Denver

Denver

Francesca is a second year Brownie who has been learning in the past days about how protesting leads to change in our history. She has been following the news and was heartbroken to see all the vandalism. She knew that she wanted to do something positive to be part of the change. We joined the city’s call for volunteers and went downtown early in the morning to help pick up trash.

I pointed out that while people have the freedom to protest, vandalism has negative consequences to our community, which she was able to see first-hand. We were very encouraged to see hundreds of people joining this call to make Denver a safe and just place for all.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Gold Award Girl Scout named 2020 Truman Scholar

Congratulations to Gold Award Girl Scout and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen! She has been named a 2020 Truman Scholar and is among 62 outstanding college students chosen from 55 institutions nationwide. The Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States.

Sarah, a. current student at Colorado State University, is the founder, board chair, and CEO of Score A Friend. The Denver native founded the organization to help her twin brother, who has an autism spectrum disorder, find a friend. In addition to honors from Girl Scouts of Colorado and Girl Scouts of the USA, Sarah was also given the 2016 Outstanding Youth Award for National Philanthropy Day in Colorado. She was a speaker at both the 2019 PEAK Parent Center National Conference on Inclusive Education and the 2018 Colorado Social and Emotional Learning Forum. Alongside rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, Sarah is featured in the Pass It On campaign, highlighting the value of inclusion. She majors in corporate finance, investment analysis, and marketing, with a minor in entrepreneurship. She serves on the CSU College of Business Dean’s Student Leadership Council, as an ambassador for the Entrepreneurship Institute, and is an honors student. She earned first place in both the national Startup Summer Pitch Competition and the OtterBox Ethics Challenge. Sarah is an aspiring public policy attorney and social entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for making the world a more inclusive place for people of all abilities.

For 2020, the Truman Foundation reviewed 773 files from 316 institutions. Students were nominated by their institution based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement. Read more about the 2020 Truman Scholarship Finalists here.

Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, demonstrate academic excellence, and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector.

The Truman Foundation was created by Congress in 1975 as the living memorial to President Truman and the presidential monument to public service. The Foundation’s mission is premised on the belief that a better future relies on attracting to public service the commitment and sound judgment of bright, outstanding Americans. In fact, it was this belief that led President Truman, when approached by a bipartisan group of admirers near the end of his life, to encourage Congress to create a living memorial devoted to this purpose, rather than a traditional brick-and-mortar monument. For more than forty years, the Truman Foundation has fulfilled that mission: inspiring and supporting Americans from diverse backgrounds and from across the United States to public service.

For more information, please contact Truman Foundation Executive Secretary Terry Babcock-Lumish at (202)656-6386 or terrybl@truman.gov.

 

Multi-level Troop 65659 starts blog for and by people experiencing homelessness

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Cadette Elizabeth completed the “Think Like an Engineer” Journey with the help of her multi-level troop. She planned a blog to help improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness in the Denver Metro area. First, they used the Design Thinking Process (identify the problem, brainstorm, design, and test) to make a life vest for a dog,  camp cabin, and model elephant prosthetic. Next, they identified the causes of community problems with the question “But why?” They identified the problem they wanted to address: people experiencing homelessness . The girls came up with many questions about the problem. They learned that in 2019, 5,755 people were living in shelters or on the streets in the seven-county region and 946 people were staying in “unsheltered” locations, such as outside in tents, parks, vehicles, or underpasses.

Elizabeth and her troop thought making a blog and a comic to educate and inspire were both good ideas, so they chose to do both. They chose to make a blog with their comics to advocate for the un-housed in our community to help create understanding and compassion. Her idea was that if people learned more about how homelessness can happen, why it continues, and what is needed, the whole community, including people experiencing homelessness, will benefit from the knowledge being shared.

To make the project sustainable, the girls wanted individuals experiencing homelessness themselves to be able to contribute to the blog. The troop leader contacted The Delores Project, which provides safe, comfortable shelter and services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. The Delores Project staff was delighted to learn about the blog and how individuals could share their experiences and feelings anonymously. Individuals can contribute by commenting on one of the girls’ comics, or by working with a staff member to submit a blog entry of their own.

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

 

 

Troop 65659 honors Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Multi-level Troop 65659 voted for the Colorado Animal Welfare League as their Hometown Hero for 2020. Colorado Animal Welfare League (CAWL) is a 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded with the mission to protect homeless animals in Colorado and the surrounding states of Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Their goal is to advance the awareness of the need for spaying and neutering our pets to reduce overpopulation. CAWL’s mobile spay/neuter clinic, the SNOW Mobile, is taken to rural areas with limited veterinary resources, inner-city areas, and Indian reservations where spaying and neutering will only happen if it is nearly free and comes to them. They work with local vets to provide the spaying and neutering service at no cost to the public.

The troop was very impressed by the work CAWL does to control pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering for free in areas where it would not otherwise happen. As an all-volunteer organization, CAWL is truly going above and beyond to help animals. CAWL was very happy to receive several cases of cookies for volunteers to enjoy!

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

Older girl volunteer opportunity at Daisy Flower Garden

The Daisy Flower Garden Journey planned for Sunday, May 17, 2020 at the Denver Botanic Gardens has been canceled. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help! If we are able to reschedule this event, we will let you know. 

Love to work with Girl Scout Daisies? We’re looking for you! Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and approved adult volunteers are invited to run activity stations at our Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 17, 2020.  We need volunteers for a morning shift (8 – 11:30 a.m.) and afternoon shift (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.). All volunteers will get free entry into the Denver Botanic Gardens for the day, so come early or stay after your volunteer shift to enjoy the Gardens. All supplies for activity stations will be provided by GSCO. Sign up online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/older_girl_volunteer.html

This is a great way to earn Program Aide hours, hours for your Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar, or service hours for school. Adult volunteers must be approved, background-checked Girl Scout volunteers to meet GSCO and the Denver Botanic Gardens’ volunteer guidelines. All girls volunteering must be accompanied by an approved, background-checked Girl Scout volunteer and adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

This sign-up will close on Wednesday, May 6.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

OAC April 2020 environmental service projects: Registration NOW open

Spring is almost here and we are celebrating with the Outdoor Adventure Club’s annual environmental service projects! Event registration is NOW OPEN and closes on April 9, 2020 (or when full).

At these events, we will spend our morning doing environmental service projects, which may include trail maintenance, planting, invasive species removal, and park beautification. In the afternoon, we will provide some environmental education workshops, go hiking, and play fun nature games. Visit the links below for specific project details, timing, registration links, and more information for each location.

Cost for all events is $10 / girl and open to both OAC Explorer (6th grade) and Trailblazer (7th – 12th grade) groups.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org