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Gold Award Girl Scouts Step up to Lead!

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2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Hundreds of proud family members, friends, community leaders, and Girl Scout volunteers joined us for our Gold Award ceremony on June 15. Special guests taking the stage were emcee/Girl Scout volunteer Perette Godwin; keynote speaker Coreen Petti (a Cool Woman of 2019); Board Chair Liza Crisafi; and Gold Award Girl Scouts Judy Pritchett (who earned a Curved Bar in 1963), Linda Wightman (First Class Award, 1976), and Steph Dawes (Gold Award, 2004).

The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. To earn it, Girl Scouts change the world by creating sustainable solutions that address society’s greatest challenges. This year’s 61 Gold Award Girl Scouts completed projects that ranged from preventing human trafficking to helping close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Other topics included championing for inclusion and diversity; protecting wildlife and the environment; providing new resources for people with disabilities; teaching life skills to youth and seniors; and educating about health and wellness. View photos, the event program, and TV coverage on our Gold Award Ceremony web page.

Our 61 Gold Award Girl Scouts are among just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide who achieve this top-tier credential. As Gold Award Girl Scouts, they can distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and skip a rank when enlisting in the military.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Carol M DedrichChief Executive Officer

2019 Cool Women: Exemplify Leadership

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From left: Emerging Leader Girl Scout Alina Ho presented Cool Woman Nancy Jamison during the ceremony; Serena Ingram presented Coreen Petti, Destiny Wilcox presented Virginia Nelson, Dawn Barry was introduced by Anna Ensberg, and Gema Deleon was introduced by Cadence Dobias. Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol Dedrich is at right.

Congratulations to the Cool Women Class of 2019! We honored these extraordinary individuals and introduced this year’s Emerging Leader Girl Scouts during a recent celebration at the Kona Kai Resort (photos).

One of the things that makes our organization the #BestPlace4Girls is the opportunity for them to gain wisdom and guidance from strong female role models. And that’s what our Cool Women program is all about. The Emerging Leaders—chosen for their outstanding potential and achievements—interacted with Cool Women and other mentors during a morning networking session.

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10 Awesome Reasons to Stay in Girl Scouts!

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To prepare girls for the leadership roles they’ll take on in the future, we need to provide them with an unparalleled leadership experience now—an experience that can only come from the best leadership organization for girls in the world: Girl Scouts.

Use the talking points below to explain the Girl Scout Difference—on calls, in emails, and at events!

1. It’s the best leadership experience for girls in the world, period—one that is designed with, by, and for girls! Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led environment.

2. Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. And we’re backed by more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field.

3. Everything a Girl Scout does centers on STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship, and is designed to meet her where she is now and to grow along with her.

4. This year we added new Journeys and badges in STEM and the outdoors! Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming that addresses life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges help girls empower themselves to take the lead like a Girl Scout as they accomplish amazing things and work toward Girl Scouts’ prestigious Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards—the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.

5. Girl Scouts is about civic engagement! Our littlest Girl Scouts, Daisies, can now earn the new Good Neighbor badge as they find out more about their communities. And Girl Scouts at every grade level can make the world a better place by getting involved in their community, school, or local government as part of the It’s Your World—Change It! Journey—or by advocating for positive change using our awesome G.I.R.L. Agenda resources.

6. The Girl Scout Gold Award is among the most prestigious awards in the world for girls—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! Gold Award Girl Scouts:
Are especially active in their communities—meaningful and fulfilling!
Earn college scholarships unique to the Gold Award honor
Demonstrate high educational and career outcomes

7. The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves.

8. Activities such as hiking and camping offer girls opportunities for exciting, girl-led outdoor adventures while they learn valuable life lessons and leadership skills.

9. Girl Scouts fuels the female leadership pipeline:
50% of female business leaders—Girl Scout alums.
76% of female U.S. senators—Girl Scout alums.
100% of former female U.S. secretaries of state—Girl Scout alums.

10. No one does this better than Girl Scouts. Compared to women who weren’t Girl Scouts in their youth, Girl Scout alums soar in life. They:
Have more successful careers
Enjoy higher household and personal income
Are more active as mentors and community volunteersVote more regularly.

Additional Links
Why Girl Scouts is the BEST Girl’s Leadership Experience in the World (video with CEO Sylvia Acevedo)

The Case for Girl Scouts