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Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshops

Girl Scouts of Colorado and Nuestra Tierra are partnering together in November 2020 for our Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop. We are so excited for our November 10, 2020 event! We are focusing on outdoor conservation and this bilingual workshop will include activities that fulfill badge requirements, creating a video to send to one of 23 Spanish speaking countries worldwide who are part of our digital pen pals, and talking about how to take action in this field.

Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project does amazing work in conservation. “When we conserve the land, we conserve life” shows the commitment they have. This group was created in 2017 by a group of Hispanic/Latinx conservation advocates to provide communities of color with opportunities for community engagement, and access and education around public lands and waters.

We have two workshops available and you can register your K-5 girls and your 6-12 girls at the following links:

Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop – DBJ

(grades K-5 at 5:30 p.m. on November 10)

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/taller_crea_tu_camin_281100848.html

Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop – CSA

(grades 6-12 at 6:30 p.m. on November 10)

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/taller_crea_tu_camin.html

Learn more about Nuestra Tierra here: https://www.nuestra-tierra.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.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado y Nuestra Tierra están trabajando juntos este mes para nuestro Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop. ¡Estamos muy emocionados para nuestro evento este 10 de noviembre! Este mes estaremos enfocando en la conservación del aire libre y este taller bilingüe incluirá actividades que llenaran requisitos de insignias, crearan un video para mandar a uno de los 23 países donde se habla español mundialmente que son parte de nuestros pen pals digitales, y hablaremos acerca de cómo tomar acción en este campo.

Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project hace trabajo maravilloso en la conservación. “Cuando conservamos la tierra, conservamos la vida” muestra el compromiso que tienen. Este grupo fue creado en 2017 por un grupo de abogados de la conservación de la comunidad Hispana/Latinx para proveer a las comunidades de color con oportunidades de participar y tener acceso y educación a las tierras y el agua pública.

Tenemos 2 talleres disponibles donde pueden registrar a sus niñas en grados K-5 y las de los grados 6-12 en los siguientes enlaces:

Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop – DBJ

(grados K-5 a las 5:30 p.m. en 11/10/2020)

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/taller_crea_tu_camin_281100848.html

Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop – CSA

(grados 6-12 a las 6:30 pm en 11/10/2020)

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/taller_crea_tu_camin.html

Aprende más acerca de Nuestra Tierra aquí: https://www.nuestra-tierra.org/

Queremos escuchar de sus hijas y de cómo han usado sus habilidades desarrolladas en Girl Scouts al tomar la iniciativa en su comunidad y Girl Scouts en su hogar. Puedes mandar su historia aqui.

Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshops

¡Girl Scouts of Colorado quiere dar gracias a Latino Outdoors, de la región de Colorado con Bianca Garcia, Natalia Ospina, y Nohemi Mora por ser coanfitriones de nuestro primer Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop bilingüe! Se registraron 29 Girl Scouts para este programa virtual el 13 de octubre de 2020. Latino Outdoors tiene la misión de ellos es de “inspirar, conectar, y participar con comunidades Latinas al aire libre y abrazar la cultura y familia como parte de la narrativa al aire libre, asegurando nuestras historias, herencia, y liderazgo sea valorada y representada”. Los líderes de Latino Outdoors trabajan en una base voluntaria para planificar actividades al aire libre para la comunidad de forma gratuita y brindar a la comunidad oportunidades y recursos para disfrutar y conservar el aire libre y el ambiente de manera segura y responsable. La región de Latino Outdoors Colorado ha sido dirigida únicamente por mujeres latinas hasta hace poco, por lo que entienden lo que la hermandad puede hacer para unir su organización a través de su trabajo. Estamos muy emocionados de trabajar con ellos para proveer a las niñas de nuestras comunidades Latinx/Hispanas la oportunidad de añadir a su educación acerca de cómo conectarse a su cultura al aire libre.

En nuestro taller de los grados K-5 las niñas aprendieron acerca de la importancia de los arboles y el papel que desempeñan en nuestro entorno. Aprendieron como reconocer diferentes arboles incluyendo nuestro árbol estatal de Colorado el Abeto Azul, y como ser un ciudadano activo y aprender de las leyes actuales que protegen a los árboles. En nuestro taller de los grados 6-12 las niñas aprendieron como abogar por cambio y como se mira hacerlo. Aprendieron como trabaja una elección al repasar ejemplos y como trabaja la votación. Después las niñas en los talleres votaron en mandar el video que creamos a Venezuela como parte de nuestro programa de Pen Pals digitales. Creamos un video ensenando los dibujos de árboles y preguntándoles cual es la actividad favorita de ellas de Girl Scouts y al aire libre.

Mira más de la actividad de Latino Outdoors de #JuntxsAparte:

  • Aprende más acerca de la practica japones de baño forestal o terapia de árboles llamada shinrin-yoku en japones. Esta actividad de #JuntxsAparte con árboles es del 12-25 de octubre, se puede registrar aquí: https://latinooutdoors.org/eventbrite/

Aprende más de Latino Outdoors aquí: https://latinooutdoors.org/

Queremos oír como está usando sus habilidades de Girl Scouts su hija al tomar la iniciativa, cuidando de la comunidad, y haciendo Girl Scouts en su hogar. Puede mandar su historia aquí.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Latino Outdoors, Colorado Chapter with Bianca Garcia, Natalia Ospina, and Nohemi Mora for co-hosting our first bilingual Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop! We had 29 Girl Scouts register for this virtual program on October 13, 2020. Latino Outdoors has a mission to “inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.” Latino Outdoors’ leaders work on a volunteer basis to plan outdoor activities for the community free of charge and provide the community with opportunities and resources to enjoy and conserve the outdoors and the environment safely and responsibly. The Latino Outdoors Colorado chapter has been led by Latina women only until recently, so they understand what sisterhood can do to bring their organization closer together through their work. We are so excited to partner with them to provide girls from our LatinX/Hispanic communities the opportunity to supplement their education about connecting with your culture in the outdoors.

In our K-5 grade workshop, the girls learned about the importance of trees and their role in our environment. They learned about how to recognize different trees including our own Colorado state tree the Blue Spruce and how to be an active citizen and learn about the current laws protecting trees. In our 6-12 grade workshop, the girls learned about how to advocate for change and how that looks like. They learned how an election works by going over examples and the ins and outs of voting. The girls in the workshops voted on sending the video we created to Venezuela as part of our Digital Pen Pal program. We created a video showcasing their tree drawings and asking them what their favorite Girl Scout activity and outdoor activity is.

Check out Latino Outdoors #TogetherApart activity:

  • Learn about the Japanese practice of forest bathing or tree therapy called shinrin-yoku in Japanese. This #TogetherApart with Trees activity is from October 12-25, you can register here: https://latinooutdoors.org/eventbrite/

Check out more on Latino Outdoors here: https://latinooutdoors.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.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Girl Scouts in Longmont are looking for a few volunteers to work with the girls at Casa de la Esperanza in Longmont on the Breathe series once a week for four weeks. If you are bilingual (Spanish/English) and have a passion for working with girls from a low-income family, then we need you! Volunteers with interest in science, climate change, air quality, yoga, aromatherapy and mediation are especially needed, but we would love to work with you in any interest area. Please contact alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org for more information.

Alumna Blog: Girl Scouts teaches lifelong lessons on education, career and community

By Girl Scout Alumna Sherri Vasquez of Denver (Girl Scout Woman of Distinction 2007)

Girl Scouts has just finished celebrating its 100th anniversary year, a testament to its enduring tradition of teaching young girls good old-fashioned values that never go out of style.

The heart of the Girl Scout philosophy centers on respect for self, others and the environment, core beliefs that will move this valuable organization forward during the next 100 years.

Encouraging girls to do their best is especially relevant today because so many are facing overcrowded classrooms at school, depleted finances at home and over-exposed celebrities promoting instant fame and fortune over honesty and fairness.

Time-tested for a century, Girls Scouts is a wonderful way for girls to learn valuable skills and lessons that will help them grow into responsible adults with ethics, moral and standards.

When I became a Girl Scout 42 years ago, little did I know how much the experience would affect my adult life, especially my education, career and community involvement.

Becoming a Girl Scout was my first experience in goal-setting. Although I was only five years old, I vowed to achieve my dream, waiting impatiently to reach the second grade so I could join Girl Scout Brownies.

My father wore an Army uniform and my brother a Boy Scout uniform, so I wanted the honor and privilege of wearing one too. The independence of becoming part of something outside of school and family was a new and exciting concept for me.

The anticipation of joining an organization “just for girls” was just too much for a first grader to bear, so I joined the Camp Fire Girls to help me “practice” to be a Girl Scout Brownie.

When I finally put on my Brownie uniform, I was so proud of it and what it stood for that I wore it everywhere, including my second-grade class picture.

Little girls have lots of energy, and Girl Scouts was an incredibly positive outlet for an active kid like me. I loved it because I had the opportunity to meet new friends, create arts and crafts, take field trips to local businesses and enjoy outdoor adventures. My mother, by then a working single parent, loved Girl Scouts because it gave me a safe, caring place to go after school.

During my five years as a Girl Scout, I learned important lessons about being responsible for myself and respectful of others. Together, my troop learned to care about the environment.

Girl Scouts also provided a valuable place to learn about group dynamics, especially how to interact with peers and authority figures. That sense of sisterhood later motivated me to join the girls’ gymnastics team, cheerleading squad and eventually a college sorority.

Earning badges at a young age evolved into achieving higher goals as I grew up, such as graduating from high school, applying to college, and participating in a study-abroad program in Spain. Finding the courage to leave home and travel to a faraway country seemed easier because Girl Scouting had instilled a sense of independence and stirred my intellectual curiosity.

Not only did it teach my young mind how to travel in new directions and find creative ways to reach those destinations, it gave me the confidence to explore my passion for fascinating places and topics, plan strategies to learn more about them, and persist in those efforts.

These early lessons came into play once again when finishing a bachelor’s degree, starting a career in journalism, and completing a master’s degree.

Even selling Girl Scout Cookies was a useful tutorial, teaching business basics and helping develop a taste for community spirit and entrepreneurism that continues in adulthood.

Although it has been decades since I first donned a Girl Scout uniform, I still try to live by the Girl Scout Law of helping people at all times, whether it be as a journalist shining light on inequities or as a community activist involved in worthwhile causes like education and youth development.

Since Girls Scouts provided such a strong foundation in my early years, I would like to express my heart-felt gratitude for its amazing influence on my life, education and career. Because it offers hope to generations of girls to come, I wish it continued success and growing ranks in the 21st century and beyond.

Sherri Vasquez is the host and producer of Latin View.

Girl Scouts honor their founder on Day of the Dead

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recognized Day of the Dead with a community event at Regis University on Thursday evening, Nov. 1st. More than 100 girls and their families participated in the event, which celebrated the life of Girl Scouts’ late founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who would have been 152 on Oct. 31st. Activities during the event included Day of the Dead rituals such as sugar skull decorating and an altar for Girl Scouts’ founder and loved ones participants wanted to honor. Participants also enjoyed some Girl Scout activities, such as dressing up in vintage uniforms and making dream catchers and dream boards. Special thanks goes to Regis University for being the co-sponsor of this event.

Girl Scouts of Colorado belongs to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which boasts a membership of 10 million girls and adults in 145 counties. Girl Scouting strives to increase girls’ awareness about the world, promote cross-cultural learning opportunities, and educate girls on relevant global issues that inspire them to take action. Our goal is to promote a global voice for girls and foster responsible global citizens who make the world a better place.

Article on this event in YourHub Denver

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Girl Scouting reaching Hispanic communities across Colorado

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In the last couple of weeks, I hope you’ve had a chance to learn more about how the Colorado Hispanic community is participating in Girl Scouts. If you’ve missed our other blogs, read them here (Blog #1, Blog #2).

To end our Hispanic Heritage Month Blog series, I wanted to share more information on how Hispanic girls and adults, serving as volunteers, are increasingly participating in Girl Scouting around the state of Colorado:

  • This summer Girl Scouts of Colorado received a grant from the MetLife Foundation, which has helped us bring, through the help of volunteers, the Girl Scout Journey program to Hispanic middle school students around the state.
  • In the both Summit and Eagle counties we’ve recently started new bilingual Girl Scout troops led by local volunteers.
  • In Northern Colorado we’ve participated in Ciñco de Mayo celebrations in Greeley and Longmont and partnered with local schools, City of Greeley Recreation Department and organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club, to offer volunteer-led Girl Scout programming, including our Power Up bullying prevention program. We have served more than 310 new girls! We recently started a neighborhood pilot program in Weld County where we are teaching adults involved in Adults Learning English as Second Language (ESL) classes about Girl Scouting and giving them opportunities to practice their skills by teaching a short-term Girl Scout program. We’ve also partnered with local radio stations, such as “El Tigre” KGRE/KRKY & KRYE Radio, to help us spread the word.
  • In Pueblo we started a Hispanic troop that is part of the Grupo Folklorico Dancers. Pueblo area Hispanic leaders have also started a Girl Scout Advisory Committee.

I also wanted to share with you a video we recently produced for the Hispanic community to invite them to be members or volunteers of Girl Scouts. The video is in Spanish, and I encourage you to share it if you have connections to Spanish-speaking communities.

¿Por qué Unirse a Girl Scouts? (Why join Girl Scouts?)

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I’ve enjoying blogging with you during Hispanic Heritage Month, and hope you will explore how you can support Hispanic/Latina Girl Scouts by contacting us at 303-607-4813 (1-855-726-4726 , ext. 4813) or preguntas@gscolorado.org.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

Girl Scouts hosts Day of the Dead event in Denver Nov. 1

Hi. It’s Marcela again. And I am here for blog #2 of our Hispanic Heritage Month blog series on how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouts. If you missed our blog from earlier this week, read it here.

For this blog, I wanted to share information about an exciting event that the Girl Scouts of Colorado staff is planning in Denver around the Day of the Dead, which is primarily a holiday celebrated in Mexico by families to honor loved ones who have died.

Join Girl Scouts at Regis University in Denver for a Day of the Dead celebration on Nov. 1.

Please first call 303-607-4867 to sign up or email marcela.gaete@gscolorado.org (Or Register Online by Oct. 17th: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/643)

FREE cultural event sponsored by Girl Scouts and Regis University. Girls in grades K-12 and families are welcome.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to sign your daughter and special girl up for Girl Scouts where she discovers her interests and potentials! Adults are welcome to sign up too!

Bilingual mass at John Francis Regis Chapel 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Between 5-8 p.m., groups will have the opportunity to visit various stations:

  • Main Hall; Room 333: Altar, dream boards, dream catchers –  photos; food; memories of loved ones are welcome; no candles please (55 capacity)
  • Modular A 185 at Beach Field: Sugar Skull making and Day of the Dead craft sale (75 capacity – starting 5:30 p.m.; every half hour)
  • Science Center Amphitheater: poetry reading, drama interpretation, song, dance, music, talent to share (150 capacity – every 15-30 minutes beginning 5:30 p.m.)
  • Dayton Memorial Library – tour of Regis University’s Santos Collection (20 people capacity between 5-8 p.m.)
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes – reflection garden; self-guided  tour;  outdoors

Free parking at 50th & Federal Boulevard. Shuttle service every 15-20 minutes.

Día de los Muertos  (information about the event in Spanish)

Check back next week for more information on how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouts outside the Denver-metro area.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

Hi. My name is Marcela Gaete, and I am a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado based in our Denver, Colo. office. I’ve worked for Girl Scouts of Colorado for six years. I was also a Girl Guide in Chile when I was growing up. Girl Guides made a difference in my life by:

  • How to have strength in difficult times, overcome any situation and never give up.
  • Discipline, respect (everyone deserves respect and to be heard), knowledge about how to survive on my own, knowledge of the world, and how positive thinking would help me overcome anything, even if it seems impossible.
  • How to be a team player, socialize and how to identify that every individual has something to bring to the world.
  • How to be authentic, real and proud of my heritage.
  • How to always keep learning from the people around me, but also from the world.
  • Lastly, friends that would last forever, no matter the distance or the path your life takes.

And as a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am excited to be passing what I’ve learned through Girl Guides/Scouts to our next generation of Hispanic women leaders.

From September 15th through October 15th, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which in part recognizes the positive contributions that the Hispanic population has made in this country.

Here at Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am planning to blog three times over the next two weeks showcasing how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouting.

To start, I want to share this video we recently put together in partnership with Entravision, and assistance from the Beeler Community Garden. I think this video showcases very nicely how the Colorado Hispanic community is participating in Girl Scouting.

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Check back later on this week for more information on a Day of the Dead event, which is an important Mexican holiday, Girl Scouts of Colorado is planning in Denver on Nov. 1.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

Colorado Girl Scouts receive grant from MetLife Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $20,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund to support its growing statewide Hispanic Initiative. This statewide effort focuses on bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more Hispanic girls and volunteers in key population centers throughout Colorado. Local advisory committees will be established with the help of the Hispanic community and business leaders.

The fastest growing ethnic population in Colorado is the Hispanic/Latino community. In Colorado, approximately 30 percent of girls ages 5-17 are Hispanic, and in the last 20 years the Hispanic student population has grown by more than 180 percent in Colorado—20 percent of the total population. To help serve the growing Hispanic population, Girl Scouts of Colorado implemented its Hispanic Initiative in 2010 to provide a more focused approach in serving this population. Funding provided by the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund will assist Girl Scouts of Colorado in developing a stronger infrastructure to support girls and adults, strengthening advisory teams, enhancing partnerships and providing program through Girl Scouts series pathway.

The MetLife Foundation teamed with Girl Scouts of the USA to make the Hispanic Leadership Fund available to Girl Scout councils across the United States, including Colorado. To get involved in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Hispanic Initiative, please contact Kristin Courington at 720-288-1615 or at kristin.courington@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Article about the grant in the Denver Post.

Girl Scout troop starting at Town Center at Aurora

Girls, ages 5-17, who are looking for a fun, new activity to do at their local mall this summer should check out the new Girl Scout troop starting at the Town Center at Aurora on Tuesday, July 17th. The five-week Tuesday night program (ends August 14th), which will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will feature activities to empower girls for a successful, healthy future. Participants will have fun creating a cookbook of family recipes, learning cooking secrets from a local chef, participating in a fitness class at Sweat Equity Fitness, and making new friends there. The cost to join is just $25 for all five sessions, with financial assistance available ($13 if you are already a registered Girl Scout). Additionally, Spanish speakers will be on-hand to assist with translation. For more information or to reserve your spot in this troop, please call 720-775-7655 or e-mail emily.novak@gscolorado.org. Girls will gather in the mall’s food court before each meeting to be escorted to the “behind the scenes” conference room meeting location.

Simon Property Group’s (NYSE: SPG) Town Center at Aurora has graciously donated to Girl Scouts of Colorado for this new troop: meeting space in their facility and mall signage space for promotional use. Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 100 company and the largest real estate company in the world. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 339 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 245 million square feet. We are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employ approximately 5,500 people in the USA. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at simon.com.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life skills and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.