Fall 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue:

A Letter from Our CEO


For a century, we have been the premier girl leadership organization in New York City, serving nearly 28,000 girls across all five boroughs last year alone. But, as we prepared to enter our Second Century, we looked at the research and thought long and hard about what it would take to maintain our leadership position in a world that’s changing at an ever-increasing pace.

As a result, we have identified four key program areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics); Business and Entrepreneurship; Environmental Leadership; and Personal Identity Leadership. We believe that by focusing on these areas we will continue to lead the field in preparing today’s girls to be tomorrow’s leaders.

We are excited to start off our Second Century with programming that will support our girls as they take charge of their lives, explore new career opportunities, and prepare to be the leaders we know they can be. As always, thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of New York City girls.

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Barbara Murphy-Warrington
Chief Executive Officer

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bridge-girls News Flash!

In 2013, we served 27,926 New York City girls.

Girl engagement is up 39% since 2005.

Thank you for helping us achieve eight straight years of growth!

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Congratulations to our 2013 Women of Distinction

This year’s Women of Distinction Breakfast, held on October 29, 2013, broke attendance and fundraising records, thanks to our honorees and our Benefit Committee, led by Chair Barbara Cooperman. Thank you to all who made this event such a success!


Above, our 2013 honorees: Laurel Rossi, Nicola Palmer, Felita Harris, Future Woman of Distinction Lesego Pearl Nkosi, Cheryl L. Swiatkowski, and Samantha Kappagoda.

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Camp to Offer New Environmental Leadership Opportunities

dig This summer, we broke ground on Camp Kaufmann’s new organic garden and greenhouse.

The garden, which was generously donated by Frank Castagna in honor of his wife Rita, will be used to teach our girls about sustainable farming, organic and local foods, basic botany, and more. The greenhouse will be integrated with our butterfly garden - nursing the flowers and herbs that will later be used to attract butterflies. “Rita’s Garden” will be officially unveiled in the spring.

The camp garden will offer many girls their first experience handling and digging in soil, and planting seeds, trees, and shrubs; and will allow girls to learn first-hand about the environment. It will also provide girls the opportunity to grow their Environmental Leadership skills, one of our four new program areas, right alongside a bounty of berries, vegetables, roots, and herbs.

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A New Program Shows Girls They Can Lead… Anywhere

charlotte-1 This summer, over 50 girls participatied in our new Girl Scout Leadership Institute, a year-long program in leadership offered in partnership with Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies.

Participants got to pitch their business and social enterprise ideas to a panel of judges made up of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, including Felita Harris, Samantha Kappagoda, Laurel Rossi, Alex Woo, and many more.

The “Pitchfest” is just one of the many exciting components of the GSLI program that puts Girl Scouts in front of mentors who counsel them on how to succeed in the workplace.

“The Girl Scout Leadership Institute was exactly what I needed to prepare me for college and to prepare me to be a future entrepreneur, which is one of my main goals in life.” - Charlotte, Troop 3148, Upper East Side, Manhattan

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More Schools Partner with Us to Help Girls Succeed

suny maritime 010 Schools and students are under increased pressure to improve test scores, and our Career Exploration Program (CEP) is helping them succeed. The data show that CEP helps girls develop the kind of confidence that translates into improved academic performance. This year, thanks to an expansion in Brooklyn and Queens schools, we’ll serve a total of 1,570 students.

CEP, a program we developed in 2008, is a progressive, in-school, classroom-based, three-year program now aligned with the Common Core state standards. It’s designed to broaden the career horizons of disadvantaged girls attending public middle schools, and it helps improve their attendance, test scores and transition to high school.

The program is offered in six under-performing middle schools in the city - the schools that most need added services for students. Said Sarah Goodman, Principal of Hunter’s Point Community Middle School: “Hunter’s Point CMS is very excited about our new partnership with the Girl Scouts. We’re already seeing high levels of engagement and community-building as well as social and emotional growth from the girls enrolled in the program.”

CEP is so popular at its partner schools that the principals have received requests to provide similar programming for the boys!

For more information on the program, please visit girlscoutsnyc.org/girls/career-exploration-program.

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Volunteer Profile: Christine Battaglia

christine-battaglia Christine Battaglia became a troop leader more by chance than by design: “My daughter wanted to be a Girl Scout and there was a long waiting list, so I decided to step up and become a leader. At the time I happened to be fortunate enough to be home with my kids, and I had the skills and the desire to serve the community,“ says Christine. “Now my children have both moved on, but I am still a leader…I admit, it’s become a passion.”

Over the years, Christine has served in numerous volunteer roles within the organization. When Christine decided she wanted a job outside the home, she was worried she would have a hard time landing her dream full-time job. As it turned out, the skills she had acquired while working for the Girl Scouts proved useful in her job search and enhanced her resume.

Today, Christine thrives as Manager of Mobility at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a division of New York University, her alma mater. And, she feels she’s set a great example for her daughters along the way. One daughter was recently offered a job at a high-profile advertising agency, HAVAS Health, and the other daughter is thriving at NYU’s Tisch School of Film and Television.

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We need your help... Girls are counting on us!

In many neighborhoods in NYC, girls who want to join Girl Scouting are being waitlisted because we don’t yet have enough adult volunteers to lead our troops.

Contact Charmaine Chung today to learn more about volunteering as a troop leader: cchung@girlscoutsnyc.org or 212.645.4000 x257.

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Ford Foundation Supports the Girl Scout Leadership Institute with a $30,000 Grant


gsli-for-ford In 1996, the Ford Foundation created the Good Neighbor Committee to give back to the local community and support organizations and activities within the footprint of the foundation’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan.

Through three strategic areas — Arts and Culture, Education, and Human Services — the Good Neighbor Committee of the Ford Foundation has become a force for change by delivering key support to organizations that strengthen the civic spirit and vitality of New York City.

According to the Ford Foundation, “The foundation is proud to support the Girl Scouts of Greater New York in their efforts to help young women strengthen their business acumen and leadership potential through entrepreneurship training and the chance to connect with women role models in the city’s corporate community.”

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Save the Date

Trefoil Society Charter Member Reception & Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Girl Scout Gala Celebrating Our Second Century
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Cipriani 42nd Street


2014 Women of Distinction Breakfast
Autumn 2014

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2012-2013 Supporters

We are grateful to our friends and partners for their support in 2012-2013. Click HERE to download a list of our supporters.

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