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Meet an Expert: GSUSA State Advocacy Manager

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to learn about how Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) advocates on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 4 – 5 p.m. A representative from the GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office will talk with girls about how GSUSA works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women. Through their efforts, they demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts are a resource – and an authority – on issues affecting girls and Girl Scouts. After a short presentation, our expert will answer questions from Girl Scouts! Please submit your questions for our expert upon registration. If time allows, we will also take questions live through the chat box. Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_gsusa.html

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered. The webinar will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel for girls to access in the future.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About “Driving My Financial Future” Virtual Events

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

It’s hard not to reflect on how women and girls have historically been deterred from focusing on finances because of societal norms and laws. If you want to help the girl in your life take charge of her financial future while having a blast learning new skills and building confidence, claim your spot today for our interactive virtual events developed with Toyota Financial Services!
Every event is focused on grade-appropriate topics that girls care about. And the best part? Your Girl Scout will get a chance to earn her Financial Literacy badges when she participates.
All events will be available for replay, so if you can’t make it live, no worries. Simply register and use the link in your email confirmation to tune in when you can.
Help Your Girl Take Charge of Her Financial Future
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 8:00 PM ET 

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Financial literacy is all about teaching your girl to set goals and create the future she wants for herself. And Girl Scouts can help her do it! In this webcast for parents and troop leaders, you’ll discover all the ways girls can become financially savvy through Girl Scouts and can approach saving, spending, and money management at any grade level.

2. Awesome Girls: Budgeting for a Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET

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Join us as we use a budget to purchase items for a birthday party honoring Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low! Girls will learn about buying on a budget through fun hands-on experiences—no supplies needed! This event is for Girl Scout Juniors and non-Girl Scouts in fifth and sixth grades.

3. Awesome Girls: Check Out the Fine Print!
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 

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It’s always important to read the fine print, especially when making purchases with a credit card! Learn how to use an online comparison-shopping chart to find the best deals to maximize your money. This event is for Girl Scout Cadettes and non-Girl Scouts in –sixth through eighth grades.

4. Awesome Girls: Buying Power!
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 

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Calculate the long-term costs of your wants and needs! Girls will complete activities to understand the true cost of their purchases, whether they’re buying a car or a new cell phone. By asking the right questions, girls learn to better evaluate their purchases and uncover hidden costs. This event is for Girl Scout Seniors and non-Girl Scouts in –ninth and tenth grades.

5. Awesome Girls: Building a Good Credit Score Score
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 5:00 PM ET

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Girls will learn how to build their credit score to qualify to buy their first car! Through examples, girls see what they should and shouldn’t do to build strong credit. We will also discuss why having a good credit score helps people pay less monthly and have better interest on credit purchases. Most importantly, girls will hear from the experts themselves about the process of establishing healthy credit. This event is for Girl Scout Ambassadors and non-Girl Scouts in 11th and 12th grades.

Be sure to tag @gscolo and @girlscouts to show off your new badges and to let other Girl Scouts know how you liked the virtual events! You can also check out Girl Scouts at Home—our hub of online activities, including some for financial literacy.

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.

Meet and Celebrate Julia Trujillo, Colorado’s 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout

Julia Trujillo of Arvada has been honored with a national award from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)! She is one of 10 teen activists to be named National Gold Award Girl Scout. As a senior at Arvada West High School, Julia tackled the lack of accessibility to menstrual products in Colorado public schools and the stigma of periods. She partnered with Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone and led the high school’s Intersectional Feminist Club to create a legislative action committee, which introduced a bill to end period poverty and stigma, and advocated for students in Title One schools. Julia has also been selected to be GSUSA’s girl activist and representative at the United Nation’s Girls Speak Out Girl’s Rights Townhall. She will speak about her advocacy efforts for menstrual equity.

Both GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) have planned a few different ways for girls and volunteers to meet/connect with Julia directly.

Girl Scouts Change the World Event

Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m.

Join GSUSA for a party to celebrate International Day of the Girl and meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Learn out how they earned the top award in Girl Scouts. Register here!

Meet an Expert: National Gold Award Girl Scout

Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar to meet Julia  Trujillo, Colorado’s 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout. Register here!

Intimate NGAGS Interview

Wednesday, October 28

Tune in to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel for an intimate interview with 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout Julia Trujillo and GSCO CEO Leanna Clark!

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.

Awesome Girls Road to Global Travel: Junior Troop Series

 

 

 

 

 

Want to learn more about global Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding? About travel and other global opportunities? Join Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for an informative four-part, girl-led virtual series for Girl Scout Junior troops*! You’ll build cross-cultural knowledge as you learn all about our global movement, including five exciting places you can visit around the world called the World Centers, and participate in fun, globally focused activities. We’ll cover Girl Scouts’ “travel progression” and how you can take the lead in successful travel planning.

Road to Global Travel: Junior Troop Series is a free series held on Thursday evenings from 5 to 5:45 p.m. MST on November 5, 19, December 3, and January 14. Registration is required. Troop leaders: please register. Once you do, you’ll get instructions for inviting your troop members to the program.

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9097213383110418702

There will be a workbook provided with this series, which will contain all materials.

Sponsored by The World Foundation.

*Independently registered Girl Scouts are welcome to join as well!

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.

Colorado Girl Scout Earns National Award for Addressing Lack of Menstrual Product Accessibility

Ahead of International Day of the Girl on October 11, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced Julia Trujillo of Arvada as a 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout—one of 10 teen activists nationwide who has shown extraordinary leadership and created change with sustainable impact. As a senior at Arvada West High School, Julia earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for tackling the lack of accessibility to menstrual products in Colorado public schools and the stigma of periods. As part of Julia’s research for her project, she found a 2017 BBC report that indicated 49% of 14-to-21-year-olds in the United States have missed an entire day of school because of their period and of them, 59% have made up an alternative excuse. Julia partnered with Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone and led the high school’s Intersectional Feminist Club to create a legislative action committee, which introduced legislation to end period poverty and stigma, and advocated for students in Title One schools. Even though Julia’s bill did not pass due to budget cuts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, her work inspired commitments from Jefferson County and Denver public schools to provide district-wide menstrual products. Julia also continues to advocate for ending period poverty and is currently interning for Rep. Tiptone.

In addition to being honored as a National Gold Award Girl Scout, Julia has been selected to be Girl Scouts of the USA’s girl activist and representative at the United Nation’s Girls Speak Out Girl’s Rights Townhall. She will speak about her advocacy efforts for menstrual equity. This event brings girl activists and policy makers together to discuss the gaps, challenges, and success in the girl’s rights agenda and how we can work together to build a more equitable world for girls.

Each year, thousands of Girl Scouts nationwide earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout in high school can earn. These Gold Award Girl Scouts tackle an issue that is dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Annually, GSUSA recognizes 10 of these girls as National Gold Award Girl Scouts for completing projects that exemplify strong leadership and sustainable impact. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities—as well as skills that set girls up for success, like strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and time management.

“We are immensely proud of the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts! They are addressing issues that impact their community and matter to them,” said interim GSUSA CEO Judith Batty. “To earn the Gold Award, Girl Scouts must identify the source of a problem, develop a sustainable solution, and engage their communities in bringing about that solution. These ten remarkable girls are proof that Girl Scouts gives girls the tools to harness their inner power and make a meaningful difference in the world. In this difficult year and always, Girl Scouts are our hope for the future.”

This year, National Gold Award Girl Scout nominations underwent a rigorous multi-round review process, with finalist applications reviewed by a panel of previous National Gold Award Girl Scouts, leaders from a range of professional fields, GSUSA staff, Girl Scouts’ national volunteer partners, and representatives from the Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation. The 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive a combined $100,000 in college scholarships from Susan Bulkeley Butler, founder of a women’s leadership development organization and a former member of the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors. The Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation also each generously contributed $50,000 in college scholarships.

On October 10, girls are invited to attend the Girl Scouts Change the World virtual celebration ahead of International Day of the Girl to meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts as they share their projects to inspire a new generation to step up in unique ways and transform the world around them. The event is powered by technology sponsor Microsoft. It is specially designed for Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 but is open to caregivers, volunteers, and girls who want to be inspired.

“Microsoft believes in inspiring girls to become the next generation of innovators and leaders,” said Olga Lymberis, Sr. Director, Community, Small Business, Education and Cloud Marketing, Microsoft. “For the second year, we are sponsoring the National Gold Award Girl Scout celebration because we know that closing the gender gap in fields like STEM requires tapping into girls’ creativity, providing encouragement, and highlighting real-world role models like these Gold Award Girl Scouts. By highlighting girls’ incredible achievements, Microsoft is continuing its efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and gender equality now and in the future.”

International Day of the Girl: Five (or more) Ways to Get Involved 🙋

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

The best tool any girl has for changing the world—and creating an equal future—is her voice. As a society, we can help girls use their voices for change by ensuring they have the tools and confidence to speak up and speak out, actively listening to what they say, and amplifying their messages.

At Girl Scouts, we are proud to celebrate International Day of the Girl by introducing ten of the most amazing world changers in our Movement—the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Keep it locked on our social media platforms for this big announcement and more! Here’s everything you, your troop, and your girls need to know to get in on all things International Day of the Girl 2020!

  1.  Learn about International Day of the Girl: Learn about the issues girls face around the world and learn why we celebrate International Day of the Girl.
  2. Spread the word and lend your voice on October 8: Invite your troops to spread the word and lend their voices by sharing stories with pictures of how they’re changing the world! Be sure to use hashtags: #worldchanger #IDG2020
  3. Attend the United Nations Girls’ Rights Town Hall: On October 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT, secure a front-row view to the Girls’ Rights Town Hall as a National Gold Award Scout and girl activists take the UN floor. This virtual event gives young leaders access to global decision-makers and a space to discuss justice, human rights, and equity for girls. Learn how to participate.
  4. Celebrate with girls all around the world: On October 11, 2020, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT., celebrate International Day of the Girl by hosting a Girls Speak Out watch party. The hour-long program showcases girls’ poems, creative performances, and art about what girls’ equity means in their communities. After the event, use the debrief questions in the debrief guide to reflect on and discuss what you’ve just seen. The prerecorded event featuring a live chat will be hosted on YouTube Prime across five different time zones and in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Visit the website to learn how to join.
  5. At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we have a day full of engaging virtual events to celebrate and amplify the voice of our Colorado Girl Scouts. By signing up, you will receive links to all the virtual programming happening throughout the day as well as some activities to do leading up to International Day of the Girl on your own time. Register now.

(Please note: due to the potential for sensitive topics that could arise during these events, we strongly suggest you have troop members complete sensitive issues forms.)

For a deeper dive into resources, discussion guides, and activations, check out our International Day of the Girl Toolkit/IDG 2020 Toolkit.

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.

Meet and Celebrate Colorado’s 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout

Every year Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) chooses ten girls from the previous year’s class of Gold Award Girl Scouts to represent GSUSA on a national level as a National Gold Award Girl Scout (NGAGS)! Each girl receives a $20,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and the honor of being a National Gold Award Girl Scout. Among the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts is a girl from Colorado!

GSUSA will announce who the National Gold Award Girl Scout from Colorado is on Tuesday, October 6! Both GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) have also planned a few different ways for girls and volunteers to meet/connect with her directly.

Girl Scouts Change the World Event

Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m.

Join GSUSA for a party to celebrate  International Day of the Girl and meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Learn out how they earned the top award in Girl Scouts. Register here!

Meet an Expert: National Gold Award Girl Scout

Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar to meet Colorado’s 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout. Register here!

Intimate NGAGS Interview

Wednesday, October 28

Plan to tune in to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel for an intimate interview  with our National Gold Award Girl Scout and GSCO CEO Leanna Clark!

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.

A Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration of No Limit Latinas! ¡Un Mes de Celebraciones de Herencia Hispana de Latinas Sin Límite!

From Girl Scouts of the USA

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and we’re thrilled to celebrate today by highlighting a few of our most incredible Latina Girl Scout alum! These barrier-breaking, change-making, world-changing women are a huge inspiration to us and to every Latina out there who craves to see herself in the eyes and faces of accomplished leaders—strong role models who give them the confidence to believe that they too can accomplish anything they set their minds to. 

First up, the one and only, Sonia Sotomayor! As the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice of Hispanic heritage and a proud Girl Scout alum, Justice Sotomayor is the ultimate No Limit Latina, inspiring us to reach for the stars in our careers and never back down from a challenge. As a passionate advocate for defendant rights, criminal justice system reform, and equality, Justice Sotomayor is working hard to make the world a better place for all of us, and we’re so grateful. Thank you for shining your life-changing light, Justice Sotomayor! 

While Justice Sotomayor leads in the courtroom, our beloved Girl Scout alum, Ellen Ochoa, leads in the sky! The first Hispanic woman to go to space as part of the nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1993, Ochoa is a talented engineer, former NASA astronaut, and former director of the Johnson Space Center—talk about a No Limit Latina!

Thank you, Ellen, for inspiring us to believe in ourselves and go for our goals no matter how out of reach they may seem at first. Thanks to you, we know that the seemingly impossible is entirely possible with hard work, perseverance, and a positive spirit.  

Next up—the unstoppable Dolores Huerta! Another proud Girl Scout alum, Dolores is an outstanding labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association (along with Cesar Chavez), now known as the United Farm Workers of America. She is a fierce defender of workers’, immigrants’, and women’s rights, and an awe-inspiring No Limit Latina who reminds us that change is possible even against incredible odds and long-standing power structures. Because if you believe you can, YOU CAN!  

Thank you, Dolores, for helping us keep hope alive even when things seem hopeless. It’s leaders like you that keep us moving towards a brighter future one hard-fought victory at a time. 

And of course, there’s our bold, brave, and glass-ceiling shattering former Girl Scouts CEO, Sylvia Acevedo.  A systems engineer by education, Acevedo began her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she was part of the Voyager 2 team. In addition to her work as a rocket scientist, she’s also held top leadership positions at Apple, Dell, IBM, and other U.S. technology leaders—talk about an incredible career! And what’s more, she spent the next phase of her career advocating for Spanish-speaking families by creating education, health, and workforce development programs across the country.  

A committed advocate of STEM and the power of education to transform lives, Acevedo brought focus to this critical platform for girls’ success during her four-year tenure as Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, leading the way to the introduction of dozens of new badges that prepare girls for a future beyond their wildest dreams.   

Thank you, Sylvia, for your unwavering commitment to science and girls! Your journey is an inspiration to us all! 

Our younger generation of No Limit Latina Girl Scout alums are not far behind greats like Sotomayor, Ochoa, Huerta, and Acevedo.  Ana, a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout, dedicated more than 700 hours over three years to introduce a rigorous ethnic studies curriculum to her high school in San Diego, CA. While her school is made up of about 70 percent Latinx students and 20 percent Filipino American students, Ana noticed that the contributions of these communities were largely absent from the courses they were being taught.  Thank you, Ana, for seeing wrong and going above and beyond to make it right! It’s No Limit Latinas like you that give us all hope for a fairer, more inclusive future where we can all be represented in our full glory and encouraged to shine our brightest, no matter what obstacles we may face. 

Minely, also a 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scout, dedicated her Gold Award to changing a law in Puerto Rico so that people have the opportunity to register themselves as deaf through their driver’s licenses, and on giving law enforcement officers the tools they need to communicate with and provide help to the deaf community. Thanks to Minely, if a deaf driver gets pulled over now, they can just show the officer their driver’s license with the deaf symbol on it. This will help avoid potentially dangerous misunderstandings between the two and keep deaf drivers safe. In trying to get the law changed and these updates to driver’s licenses implemented, Minely heard a lot of no’s, but she never gave up. She was determined to protect deaf drivers, and with a lot of determination and Girl Scout grit, she did just that. Thank you Minely for stopping at nothing to make the world a better place for others! You are proof that anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and keep pushing. 

And last, but certainly far from least, on today’s epic No Limit Latina highlight reel is our star alum and 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, Vilmarie! Vilmarie is a pioneer of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) awareness in Puerto Rico. When her mother was diagnosed with MS when Vilmarie was just 15 years old, she decided to turn her fear into advocacy and awareness for the disease which led her to create a robust education program as well as the passage of Senate Act 1180 in Puerto Rico to properly document cases of MS at the governmental level. Through the passing of this legislation, a national registry will now have an accurate count of Puerto Ricans with MS, which can be applied to the federal funding and resources provided to the island by the government. 

Know an exceptional no limit Latina Girl Scout who is taking the lead in your community to create positive change and make amazing things happen for herself and others? Shout her out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so we can follow the inspiration! 

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¡Es el mes de la Herencia Hispana y estamos emocionados en celebrar este día al resaltar unas cuantas de nuestras alumnas Latinas de Girl Scouts! Estas mujeres rompen barreras, inspiran cambios, y cambian el mundo son una inspiración para nosotros y todas las Latinas que anhelan en verse en los ojos y las caras de líderes exitosos – estas mujeres son modelos que inspiran confianza en que ellas crean en si mismas para lograr cualquier cosa que ellas tengan en mente.

Primero, la única, ¡Sonia Sotomayor! Como la primera Juez de la Corte Suprema de EE. UU. de herencia hispana y alumna orgullosa de Girl Scouts, Juez Sotomayor es la definitiva Latina Sin Límite, inspirándonos para alcanzar las estrellas en nuestras careras y nunca retroceder de un desafió. Ella es una defensora apasionada de los derechos del acusado, reforma de la justicia del sistema criminal, y de la igualdad, Juez Sotomoyor esta trabajando muy duro para hacer de este mundo un lugar mejor para todos nosotros, y estamos muy agradecidos. ¡Muchas gracias por alumbrarnos con tu luz que cambia vidas Juez Sotomayor!

“Es importante que todos apreciemos de donde venimos y como esa historia nos a dado forma en maneras que no entendemos.”- Sonia Sotomayor, Juez de la Corte Suprema, Alumna de Girl Scouts

Mientras la Juez Sotomayor nos dirige en el tribunal, nuestra querida alumna de Girl Scouts, Ellen Ochoa, ¡nos dirige en el cielo! La primera mujer Hispana de ir al espacio como parte de la misión de nueve días sobre el Transbordador Espacial Discovery en 1993, Ochoa es una ingeniera talentosa, una astronauta de NASA anterior, ¡y directora del Centro Espacial de Johnson anterior – que tal de esta Latina Sin Limite!

Gracias, Ellen, por darnos la inspiración de creer en nosotras mismas y seguir tras nuestras metas sin importar que tan fuera de nuestro alcance parezcan ser al principio. Gracias a ti, sabemos que lo que parece imposible es completamente posible al trabajar duro, perseverar, y un espíritu positivo.

“Espero poder continuar a inspirar los jóvenes de nuestro país para perseguir careras en ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, y matemáticas para que ellos también, puedan alcanzar las estrellas,” – Ellen Ochoa, Ingeniera, Astronauta Anterior, Alumna de Girl Scouts

¡Ahora – la imparable Dolores Huerta! Otra orgullosa alumna de Girl Scouts, Dolores es una líder laboral y activista de derechos civiles excepcional que fundó la Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Agrícolas (National Farmworkers Association) junto con Cesar Chavez, y ahora es conocido como la Unión de Campesinos (United Farm Workers of America). Ella es una defensora feroz de los derechos de trabajadores, emigrantes, y de mujeres, y es una impresionante Latina Sin Límite que nos recuerda que el cambio es posible aun en contra probabilidades increíbles y estructuras de poder de largo tiempo. ¡Porque si tú crees que puedes, SI SE PUEDE!

Gracias, Dolores, por ayudarnos a mantener nuestra esperanza viva incluso cuando las cosas parecen sin esperanza. Son líderes como tú que nos mueven hacia adelante a un futuro mas brillante victoria tras victoria.

Dolores Huerta, Líder Americana de Labor, Alumna de Girl Scout

Y por supuesto, tenemos a nuestra audaz, valiente, y rompiendo cielos de vidrio CEO Girl Scouts anterior, Sylvia Acevedo. Ella estudio para ser ingeniería de sistemas, y empezó su carrera en el Laboratorio de Propulsión de Jet de NASA, donde fue parte del equipo de Voyager 2.  En adición a su trabajo como científica de cohetes, también ha tenido posiciones de liderazgo superiores en compañías de tecnología de US incluyendo a Apple, Dell, e IBM – ¡qué carrera tan increíble! Y lo que es más, ella paso la siguiente fase de su carrera abogando por familias que hablan español al crear programas de educación, salud, y desarrollo de la fuerza laboral a través del país.

Comprometida para abogar por STEM y el poder que tiene la educación para transformar vidas, Acevedo trajo el enfoque a una plataforma fundamental para el éxito de las niñas durante sus cuatro años de CEO de Girl Scouts of the USA, dirigiendo el camino para la introducción de docenas de insignias para preparar a las niñas para un futuro que sobrepasa sus sueños más altos.

Gracias, Sylvia, ¡por tu compromiso inquebrantable a la ciencia y a las niñas! ¡Tu aventura es una inspiración a todos nosotros!

“Siempre motivo a las jóvenes que están empezando su carrera que no tengan miedo de fallar, que abracen el tomar riesgos inteligentemente, y que tengan la persistencia y resiliencia para romper las barreras artificiales. ¡Cuando pienso de mi carrera y de los arrepentimientos que tengo, la única cosa que deseo es que hubiera tomado más riesgos!”- Sylvia Acevedo, Científica de Cohetes, CEO de GSUSA Anterior, y Autora

Nuestra generación más joven de alumnas de Girl Scouts Latinas Sin Limite no están tan atrás de las grandes como Sotomayor, Ochoa, Huerta, y Acevedo. Ana, una Girl Scout del Premio de Oro de 2019, dedico más de 700 horas durante tres años para introducir un currículo de estudios étnicos rigoroso a su escuela secundaria en San Diego, CA. Mientras su escuela se compone de 70 porciento de estudiantes Latinx y 20 porciento de estudiantes filipino-americanos, Ana noto que las contribuciones de estas comunidades casi no existían en los cursos que se estaban ensenando. Gracias, Ana, ¡por observar el mal y sobresalir para hacerlo bien! Son Latinas Sin Limite como tú que nos dan esperanza para un futuro justo e inclusivo donde se puede representar a todos en nuestra gloria entera y se motiva a brillar los más brillante, sin importar los obstáculos que nos enfrentan.

“No hay duda que hay cosas muy malas en este mundo , pero cuando nos paramos y tomamos acción, podemos hacerlas mejor.”- Ana, Girl Scout del Premio de Oro Nacional de 2019

Minely, también una Girl Scout del Premio de Oro de 2019, dedico su Premio de Oro a cambiar la ley en Puerto Rico para que la gente tuviera la oportunidad de registrarse como sordos a través de sus licencias de manejo, y para dar a los agentes de la ley las herramientas que necesitan para comunicarse y proveer ayuda a la comunidad sorda. Gracias a Minely, si un conductor sordo es detenido ahora, le pueden ensenar al agente su licencia de manejo con el símbolo de sordos. Esto ayudará a evitar malentendidos potencialmente peligrosos entre los dos y mantendrá a los conductores sordos seguros. En tratar de cambiar la ley e implementar estas actualizaciones a las licencias de conducir, Minely escucho mucho el No, pero nunca se venció. Ella estaba determinada para proteger a los conductores sordos, y con mucha determinación y el grano de Girl Scout, eso el lo que hizo. ¡Gracias Minely por no parar de hacer de este mundo un lugar mejor para otros! Eres prueba que todo es posible si crees solamente en ti misma y sigues adelante.

“Si mi corazón está en el lugar correcto y yo me acerco con determinación, yo puedo hacer lo que sea.” Minely, Girl Scout del Premio de Oro Nacional de 2019

Al último, pero ciertamente no la menos, en nuestro carrete de resalto épico de ahora de Latina Sin Límite, ¡es nuestra alumna estrella Girl Scout del Premio de Oro de 2017, Vilmarie! Vilmarie es una pionera de traer atención en Puerto Rico al Esclerosis Múltiple (MS). Cuando la mama de Vilmarie fue diagnosticada con MS cuando Vilmarie tenía solamente 15 años, ella decidió de usar su miedo y convertirlo en traer atención y abogar para la enfermedad y resulto en crear un programa robusto de educación y el pasaje del Acto del Senado 1180 en Puerto Rico para que al nivel del gobierno se documentara apropiadamente los casos de MS. Al pasar esta legislación, ahora un registro nacional tendrá un conteo preciso de puertorriqueños con MS, que se pueden aplicar a los fondos federales y recursos proveídos a la isla por el gobierno.

“Estamos quebrando los límites de Girl Scouts. Podemos enseñarle a la gente que tenemos muchas habilidades, y que podemos hacer mucho más por nuestro país y nuestra comunidad.” – Vilmarie Ocasio, Girl Scout del Premio de Oro Nacional de 2017

¿Conoce a una Latina Sin Limite Girl Scout excepcional que está tomando el liderazgo en su comunidad para crear un cambio positivo y están haciendo cosas increíbles para ella y otros? ¡Dale elogios en Facebook, Instagram, y Twitter para seguir la inspiración!

 

When Disaster Strikes, Look for Girl Scouts

When natural disasters strike, the communities they affect are often in need of support. Our girls are typically wondering what they can do to help and make a difference, but how do you make sure your response is thoughtful and needed?

Donate

One of the immediate ways you can provide support to your Girl Scout sisters is to donate a portion of your cookie proceeds or other troop funds to councils in the areas that have been directly affected by disaster. Staff at Girl Scout councils can then work with their communities to provide relief where they really need it.

Here are some councils that have been affected by natural disasters in 2020:

Gather Supplies

Many times shelters (both human and animals!) are in need of blankets and food, but check with local organizations to see what supplies they need. By doing this, you make sure you are addressing the actual needs and not assuming what is needed.

Volunteer

If you are local, relief organizations or shelters may need help handing out supplies, entertaining children, or even providing some animal snuggle time. Always check their website or call to see when and where they need help, don’t just show up.

Be Prepared

Support communities by helping them be prepared for the next natural disaster. By educating and assisting others to be prepared, you will help prevent loss and save lives in the future.

Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a tips document for girls and for adults to know how they can help when disaster strikes.

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.

Take virtual tours of all WAGGGS World Centers

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) hosted virtual tours of all WAGGGS World Centers in May 2020 and you can now access all the recordings online! Complete the registration forms linked here to access the recorded virtual tour.

Sangam – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1248350724579030283)

Kusafiri – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3718484960235969294)

Our Chalet – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7865918686509375758)

Pax Lodge – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7252239465433661966)

Our Cabana – (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6873352156677676811)

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.