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Centennial Girl Scout featured in New York Times article

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Sarah Greichen, 2016 Gold Award recipient from Centennial and Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction, was recently interviewed by the New York Times for a feature article about Girl Scouts of the USA’s new brand platform, G.I.R.L. The goal of this initiative is to highlight how Girl Scouts prepares girls  to take the lead to improve their world and the world around them.

Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was also awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.

To read a copy of the article, use this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/business/media/girl-scouts-marketing-campaign.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

 

 

Are you ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout?

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Check out our new “I’m Prepared” PSA and get inspired to unleash a lifetime of leadership and positive change.

Ever get the feeling that a lot of people out there think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, badges, and friendship bracelets?

That’s why it’s time to show the world everything that Girl Scouts are capable of—designing robots and standing up to bullying, conserving the environment and finding sustainable solutions to other real-world problems. And of course, practicing leadership early and often.

When a Girl Scout sets her mind on a goal, there is absolutely no stopping her. She is a Go-getter. She’s an Innovator. She’s a Risk-taker. She’s a Leader. She’s a G.I.R.L.! And giving back is in her DNA. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped transform millions of girls into the leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow. How do we do it? Through a unique program that equips girls with the courage, confidence, and character to, first, realize they have the power to make the world a better place, and then go out and make it happen.

The best part? Whatever your age, gender, or background, Girl Scouts has opportunities for you to take the lead and make amazing things happen in your community and around the world. Yes!

Are you ready to realize the magic of your full potential and build a better world with Girl Scouts? Check out our brand-new public service announcement, featuring our also-new “Watch Me Shine” Girl Scout anthem. It will inspire you to stand up, think big, and take the lead like a Girl Scout!


Learn more about what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™!

What Our Country Needs Right Now Is You

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

After an extremely contentious election season, filled with hostile words and news broadcasts that you may have had to turn off when kids were in the room, it’s time for our country to move forward together. However, as we enter a period of transition, it can be confusing for our children, who might not understand what’s happening around them. Your girl might be anxious, scared, or just have questions about what she’s seeing and hearing, and as a parent you want to help. So where do you start?

“Now more than ever, we have to stand together as one people, one nation—regardless of our opinions, race, religion or beliefs, gender, who we love, what language we speak, or where we come from,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. “But unity doesn’t mean abandoning the things that make us different from one another, and it doesn’t mean standing by or looking the other way in the face of bigotry and hatred. Real unity is what you get when a lot of very diverse people come together to form one complex yet seamless whole. It’s about equality, inclusiveness, and dignity—values I think we as parents all hope to instill in our children.”

Your inclination might be to avoid the topic, but it’s incredibly important to take her concerns seriously. Address them in an age-appropriate way. It’s even okay to share that you’re feeling uncertain as well—both adults and kids often do during times of transition and change.

Moving forward together takes leadership, and not just from one person. We all have a role to play. Here are a few ways you and your girl can lead:

1.     Practice Empathy and Promote Inclusion
Because of who you are, what you look like, where you come from, and what you believe, you might not have a problem being accepted in your town or community. But that’s not true for everyone. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes—perhaps the neighbor who practices a religion different from yours or the new girl at your girl’s school who moved here from a different country. Are they made to feel welcome in your community? Do they have the same sense of belonging that you do? If you don’t think so or aren’t sure, reach out in kindness. Encourage your daughter to invite a classmate who gets picked on to eat with her at lunch. Knock on your neighbor’s door and invite them to an upcoming block party or holiday event. It’s about being big-hearted, and it’s easier than you might think.

2.     Be a Friend or Advocate to Those Who Need One
You or your girl might feel alone in wanting to bring people together, but chances are, there are many people around you who feel the same. So be brave and challenge yourself to speak up when you witness an act of injustice or hear people speaking disrespectfully of others. Let your girl see you doing so. Chances are, once you’ve vocally supported what’s right, others will quiet or perhaps even join you in speaking up. And you’ll feel good about having stood up for your beliefs.

3.     Sign Up to Help
Everyday acts of kindness go a long way toward making unity a reality, but there’s a lot more we can do. With your girl, find an organization that supports the rights and wellbeing of a group that might be marginalized. Donating money is a great way to contribute if your family has room in the budget—but giving your time and presence can be just as, if not more, meaningful. It’s also a tangible demonstration of your values to your daughter. You and your girl will feel empowered knowing you’re supporting change and addressing a crucial need, with the added pluses of making new friends and learning about your community. And the group you volunteer with will certainly appreciate having you on its team.

4.     Don’t Get Discouraged
Remember, doing the right thing is rarely synonymous with doing the easy thing, and taking a stand for unity will be hard at times. There are people who feel threatened by those who are different from themselves. There are individuals who think only their way matters, or that some people should be valued over others. Tell your girl that it’s absolutely okay and understandable to feel fearful, anxious, and sad when faced with hateful, exclusionary language and ideas. Those emotions are what make us human, and she shouldn’t be embarrassed to let people know she’s feeling them.

Encourage your girl to own her feelings and channel them into courageous and compassionate action—for action, both small and large, brings real change. Remind her how much courage her favorite heroines from books and movies had to have in order to create a better world. For example, in Harry Potter Hermione was afraid—the Death Eaters specifically hated people like her—but even in the darkest of times, she never stopped fighting for others who were also being treated badly. If your girl needs a little motivational boost, pick a book or movie to share with her that demonstrates the everyday or historic courage and heroism of its characters. Seeing how others have overcome challenges will help your daughter see that she can do the same.

While none of us can snap our fingers to create instant unity, we can—we must—take action and stand together for what’s right. It will take time and a lot of work to bring people together, but we can and must start today. Small changes and gestures add up, bridging divides and strengthening communities.

We all have voices, and now is the time for us to raise them—together.

 

 

Girl Scouts Take the Lead to Change the World

From Girl Scouts of the USA

See them in action, and catch them on Disney Channel and Disney Junior!

One thing’s for sure: right now, more than ever, is an exciting time to be a Girl Scout. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has prepared every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to practice a lifetime of leadership, enabling her to take the lead in creating positive change in lives and communities across the map—much like Disney’s Elena of Avalor!

That’s what we call impact the Girl Scout way, and we get stronger and bolder every day. What can we say? Giving back is in our DNA.

And now, we’re taking our legacy of leadership to a whole new level by collaborating with Disney Channel and Disney Junior to encourage every girl to discover their inner leader. Because at Girl Scouts and Disney Channel, we know that leadership isn’t just about who you are, but about what you do.

Much like your girl, Elena may be young, but she’s still learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader—like every girl can. We hope you’ll join us in changing the conversation around leadership, and helping girls see that everyone has the potential to lead and make amazing things happen.

In fact, you can start now, by grabbing a sneak peek at two all-new spots airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, featuring Girl Scouts and their inspiring Take Action projects. You’ll hear the girls’ stories and see some behind-the-scenes action at the Disney video shoot, showcasing how Girl Scouts has helped these incredible girls become leaders, as well as how they lead like Elena—with compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage. Which is to say, the same awesome traits of a Girl Scout!

You’ll meet cousins Maria and Alexa from Philadelphia, who organized and ran a “block building day” to encourage girls to play with building blocks, which are traditionally seen as “boys’ toys.” The girls brought together both girls and boys from their community to build, experiment, and discover—together. So cool!

In the sneak peek, you’ll also meet Olivia from New Jersey, who, with a little help from her mom, sent a letter to the mayor requesting, for the good of her community, the rebuilding of a playground that had burned down. (Hint: She got it done!)

We think you’ll agree—these girls are truly a force to be reckoned with.

Leadership is possible and important at every life stage, and girls are no exception. Girl Scouts and Disney Chanel are on a mission to make sure the world knows it.


And now it’s your turn! Encourage your girls (ages 2 – 16) to enter Disney’s contestto show the world how they take the lead and to win a chance to appear on Disney Channel and Disney Junior!

Invite a Friend to start a new troop

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UPDATE! The “Invite a Friend” promotion has been extended through January 31, 2017.

Volunteers, you know adults in your communities who would make excellent mentors for girls. We need your help to connect with those great folks so more girls can have fun experiences which show them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

When you  “Invite a Friend” to:

·         Join Girl Scouts as part of the Troop Leadership Team

·         Complete the process to be an approved volunteer

·         Start a new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop

 …You’ll receive $50 in store credit at the Girl Scouts’ official online store, and your friend will receive a new volunteer resource pack, which includes a Girl’s Guide, membership pins, and  tote! The all-in-one badge book and handbook format of the Girl’s Guide gives a new leader what they need to get started.

And, you’ll also help ensure that more girls have the great opportunity of Girl Scouts for the next year!

The “Invite a Friend” promotion runs November 15 to December 15, 2016, so don’t delay! Learn more on our FAQ page (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2191615-invite-a-friend-2015-faqs) and help spread the word with the nifty social media posts below.

Claim your prize for referring a new volunteer here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html

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Praise for GSCO’s Membership Connection Committee

Girl Scouts of the USA is praising Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) for its relationship with YOU (our members)–  thanks to the work of the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) and the Global Action Committee! In a recent email, a member of GSUSA’s Global team wrote, “Your Council (GSCO) and partnership has been identified as a wonderful example of successful application of global integration into Girl Scout programming. Your hard work in a variety of areas (travel, global in Journeys, special programming, etc.) makes your Council a real model from which we wish others to learn from.”

GSCO is the only council to have an MCC as its governance system. The MCC is the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give GSCO members a strong voice in the issues they care most about.

While the MCC did not officially begin until 2008 when GSCO was formed, its roots go back much further. Several years earlier, volunteers in the former Mile-Hi Council committed to Global Girl Scouting decided to join forces with Global Girl Scouting Committees in Colorado’s legacy councils, including Mountain Prairie, Wagon Wheel, and Chaparral. Rae Ann Doughtery, former MCC Chair and Board Chair Elect, was a member of the Global Girl Scouting Committee in the Mile-Hi Council. At the time, she says the goal of this new statewide group was simple: expand global Girl Scouting.

“The international sisterhood of Girl Scouting is unique and huge,” she said. “It includes Girl Scouts around the world and those in Denver, Sterling, and all across Colorado.”

After the merger in 2008, several members of Global Girl Scout Committees from legacy councils came together to continue the work, as well as join the newly formed MCC. MCC members were tasked with making sure that Girl Scouts across Colorado had a voice in the newly-formed GSCO.

Today, nearly a decade after the formation of GSCO, the MCC is getting back to its roots and looking for new and fun ways for Girl Scouts to connect with their sisters here in Colorado, across the country, and around the world.

“The GSCO Global Action Committee is a key part of keeping that international sisterhood alive in Colorado,” Dougherty said.

MCC members gathered earlier this month at Tomahawk Ranch to discuss what’s next for the group. Their new goal is to help GSCO develop three-year plan to increase adult engagement, which includes recruiting new adult volunteers, strengthening service units, and improving communication between GSCO and volunteers. Much of what they are focusing on is determining three-year outcomes and one-year deliverables.

“Our conversation established a new direction for MCC for the next three years largely based on membership feedback from across the state” said MCC chair Caroline Cornell.

GSCO is extremely lucky to have the MCC, but for the committee to continue its good work, it needs members from across to Colorado. If you’re interested in expanding your volunteer-role with GSCO beyond your troop, apply for a seat on the MCC. Learn more here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html

 

Share how you lead to build a better world

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Take the Girl Scout Challenge and show everyone how you’re taking the lead to make the world a better place! You could even win a $500 scholarship sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to http://www.girlscouts.org/challenge
  2. Upload a selfie.
  3. Choose your Build a Better World frame.
  4. Tell everyone how you take the lead to build a better world.

After you enter the Girl Scout Challenge, share your photo and story with your Girl Scout sisters in Colorado.

GSCO Blog: www.gscoblog.org/share

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado/

Twitter & Instagram: @GSColo

You must be 13 or older to submit your story yourself. If you are under 13, ask an adult for help.

Use this link to learn more about the Girl Scout Challenge: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/for-girls/girl-scout-challenge/faqs.html

Centennial Girl Scout named National Young Woman of Distinction

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Sarah Greichen from Centennial, Front Range Christian School, has been named a National Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the USA. Sarah is among just 10 Girl Scouts nationwide chosen for this prestigious award after earning the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country. Sarah will be publicly honored at Girl Scouts of the USA’s national conference of CEOs and receive a $5,000 scholarship from Kappa Delta.

Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado awarded Sarah the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Of Sarah’s project, prize committee members said, “We are delighted at the quality of Gold Award projects we reviewed this year and are thrilled to award the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize to Sarah Greichen whose project exemplifies sustainable community impact through leadership.”

The Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize is made possible through a generous endowment gift from Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie A. Foote. “Sarah’s project is an exceptional example of Girl Scouts ‘Discover, Connect and Take Action Model’ She recognized a community need, collaborated with industry leaders and community partners and founded a non-profit that will provide lasting opportunities to children and their families. ongoing impact through leadership. I am proud to present this prize to her and recognize Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects have made a lasting impact,” Foote said.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Gold Award project is to identify and research a community issue she is passionate about, develop a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establish a global connection with others and provide sustainability for the project.  Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers, and each adult who volunteer has the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a girl. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life. They are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.

Learn more about how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Gold Awardee Receives Scepter of Light Award at Elena of Avalor’s Royal Debut

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Something magical happened at Walt Disney World. On Thursday, the Crown Princess Elena of Avalor—Disney’s first Latina princess and star of Disney Channel’s new animated series Elena of Avalor—made her royal debut at Magic Kingdom. And Girl Scouts of Citrus was there to give her a royal welcome!

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As part of the royal debut, the inaugural Elena of Avalor—Scepter of Light Award was presented at the Cinderella Castle stage to Orlando Girl Scout Ashley Chico, who recently received her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout can earn, with recipients completing Take Action projects that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, including compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage—the very leadership qualities that Elena of Avalor models.

For her project, 17-year-old Ashley developed the CHICO HealthCare app, which allows patients who are illiterate to share their personal and medical information via tablet, using voice recognition in any language, so that they can register to receive medical care. Ashley celebrated her incredible achievement by spending the day at Magic Kingdom with her sisters (who are also Girl Scouts!) where they met Jenna Ortega, the voice of Princess Isabel!

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Members of the Girl Scouts of Citrus council were on stage to represent Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Disney Channel’s new collaboration, a week after the two organizations announced they are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish, the guide showcases activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

Check out more magical highlights from Thursday’s event below:

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Ready to help your girl take the lead and make the world a better place? Join the Movement.

12 Leadership Secrets Inspired by the Most Adventurous Disney Princess Yet

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From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel teamed up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership! The collaboration brings GSUSA’s focus on leading like a G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel’s recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel.

GSUSA has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years, and we know leadership isn’t about who you are, but what you do. That’s why GSUSA joined forces with Disney Channel to change the conversation around leadership and help girls see that everyone has the potential to lead.

Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, she’s learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena’s adventures (and taking on a few of her own), your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same.

Featuring 12 simple but proven tips for enhancing your girl’s critical thinking, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, the Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide is a must-read for any parent or caregiver looking to raise amazing girls.

So where can you get this awesome leadership guidance for the girl in your life? Right here, for free! That’s right—as part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Disney Channel’s commitment to helping all families practice leadership, we’re making the The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel available on our website, in both English and Spanish, at no cost to you.

So go check it out and explore what it means for your girl to lead like a Girl Scout today!