Spring 2014 Newsletter
In This Issue:
- A Message from Our CEO
- Big Happenings at Camp Kaufmann
- The Girl Scout Leadership Institute: A Happy Ending and a New Beginning
- Funder Profile: JPMorgan Chase
- Volunteers Make Girl Scouting Happen in NYC
- Gala Celebrating Our Second Century
- Cookie Showdown
- GSGNY Welcomes Our New Board Members
- New Trefoil Society Welcomes Charter Members
Dear Friend of the Girl Scouts,
After New York's recent tough winter, the spring flowers are finally in bloom, and we could not be happier! Even though summer vacations are just around the corner and troop activities are winding down for the year, we here at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York are as busy as ever!
- At Camp Kaufmann, the home of much of our environmental leadership programming, preparations are underway to welcome girls for day trips and weekend getaways, as well as our Family Fun Day Sundays. In addition, we're excited for girls to experience our new greenhouse and organic garden.
- The year-long pilot of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) was a huge success. We're looking forward to celebrating the girls' accomplishments at the GSLI graduation on June 19th. And we've already begun the second cohort of GSLI girls who will experience expanded program offerings, including a STEM track.
- Our membership team is busy creating activities for summertime engagement, which will introduce girls across the city to the fun and excitement of Girl Scouts. We've had eight straight years of increases in the number of girls served, and we look forward to many more, but we can't do it without the help of our 9,000+ dedicated volunteers.
Of course, our work also would not be possible without the generous financial support of our donors and friends.
On behalf of our entire staff, I wish you a happy remainder of spring, and a wonderful summer season.
Our environmental leadership programs at Camp Kaufmann received a big boost this spring with the unveiling of the new greenhouse and "Rita's Garden," our new organic garden. These two new resources will be central to our environmental programming, and will complement our butterfly garden, frog pond, and chicken coop. All of these initiatives allow us to teach our urban girls about sustainable farming, organic and locally-sourced foods, and basic botany.
Thanks to the New York Community Trust's support of the new Camp Kaufmann Green Corps, our older girls are working to maintain our garden, trails, and environmental center as they collect environmental data to use in creating activities and programs for younger campers.
According to the just-released 2014 Girl Scout Research Institute Study "More Than S'mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts' Outdoor Experiences," girls who spend time in the outdoors:
- Are more likely to seek challenges
- Are better at solving problems
- Develop competence, companionship, and a sense of being able to make a difference for the environment
Camp Kaufmann is not just a place on the map. It is a place where girls grow and discover a new world. We have seen girls who arrived shy and insecure in the morning, get back on the bus after a day of exploration with a new "can-do" attitude that lasts a lifetime. Camp Kaufmann plants the seed of curiosity and wonder in girls -- and with it, the urge to learn more about this world and all it has to offer.
On June 19th, 50 girls will graduate from the inaugural class of our Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI), concluding a year full of excitement, discovery, and personal growth. This pilot year of GSLI confirmed our belief that young women, given the right tools and encouragement, can excel beyond our most optimistic expectations -- and, more importantly, beyond their own wildest dreams!
Among the speakers at the upcoming graduation will be Adjoa Anaman, one of the young women who came into her own during the program. She is featured in this short film, in which she describes her experience with the program during a visit with other Girl Scouts to the offices of Anne Keating of Bloomingdale's
Adjoa grew tremendously while participating in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, and attributes her growth to meeting so many women in leadership positions.
"Meeting all these women and discovering that they had started their own companies, that they had reached these important positions and done so incredibly well on their own -- I just found that amazing. At the beginning I was sort of shy, and would not talk to anyone. Now I speak to everyone. I go to events and speak to people and introduce myself...I wouldn't have been able to do that a year ago. Now, I actually enjoy it."
Our second year of programming in 2014-2015 promises to be even more rewarding for our girls. We will extend the program from 12 to 15 months; add a pre-summer preparation seminar; include a STEM track (thanks to the generous support of JPMorgan Chase - see below); and add opportunities for girls to compete for travel, internship, and mini-service grants. The 50 participants in the 2014-2015 class have been selected, and applications for the 2015-2016 year will be accepted this winter.
JPMorgan Chase Foundation Supports the New STEM Track of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute with a $150,000 Grant.
JPMorgan Chase seeks to make a positive difference in the communities in which their employees and clients live and work. Using resources, relationship and expertise, the company strives to address critical issues such as closing the workforce skills gap, growing small businesses, improving financial capability for underserved people, and catalyzing economic development around the world.
Building on the company's belief to help communities navigate the complex global economy and overcome their economic and social challenges, "The Foundation is proud to support the Girl Scouts of Greater New York in their efforts to help young women explore careers in STEM and develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills that are critical to women's success as business leaders in today's society."
Maria Dawson began volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York when her daughter joined a troop in September of 1971. She remains an active Troop Leader to this day. Theresa Walker-Greer was a Girl Scout for 10 years, and has now served as a Leader for 41 years and counting. Together, these two volunteers have delivered nearly a century of service.
Maria and Theresa are just two of the 9,000+ volunteers who make Girl Scouting possible in New York City. In fact, our volunteers deliver 99% of all Girl Scoutprogramming to the nearly 28,000 girls we currently serve.
The demand for our programs outstrips our current capacity to respond. Every day we have to place dozens of girls who want to join the Girl Scouts on a waiting list, as there are no troops in their areas. To meet this ever-growing demand, we need more women (and men) like Maria and Theresa to join us as volunteers and help today's girls become tomorrow's leaders.
Many of our volunteers are busy with careers and families. That's why we create volunteer opportunities that are tailored to fit a variety of schedules. Our volunteers can choose among leading troops; sharing their hobbies and interests with girls during a short-term series; lending a hand at one-day events in NYC and at Camp Kaufmann in Dutchess County; and hosting workplace visits and career workshops.
Over and over, our volunteers tell us the same thing: the reward they get far outweighs their time commitment.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here.
More than 450 guests kicked off our Second Century of Girl Scouting in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Streeet on Tuesday, April 29th. The event honored (from left):
Dayle Haddon, Ambassador for UNICEF and founder of WomanOne; Linda Descano, Managing Director and Head of Content and Social, North America Marketing, Citi, and President and CEO of Women & Co.; Anne Keating, Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Special Events & Press, and Corporate Philanthropy for Bloomingdale's; and Alan Siegel, Founder, President, and CEO of Siegelvision. The event raised more than $765,000.
We are deeply grateful to our Gala Chair, Patrice Tanaka, Co-Chairs Bob Ouimette, Lynda Davey, Jennifer Lee and Dom Rossi; the Gala Committee; and everyone who supported this event. Because the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York generously underwrote the cost of the Gala, every additional dollar raised went directly to leadership programs for the 28,000 girls we serve in New York City.
Their friendly competition landed both girls on several morning TV shows and in a large number of newspapers -- giving them the opportunity to further hone their marketing and presentation skills, and impressing audiences with their business savvy and their poise under pressure.
Both girls credit the cookie program with playing a big part in learning the skills -- goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics -- they know will be important in the leadership roles they are determined to hold in the future.
Our Board of Directors provides leadership in making girls philanthropic priority in New York City as they support and advance our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Their efforts allow the Girl Scouts of Greater New York to develop relevant programs in ever-deeper ways to the growing number of girls served by our organization.
Attendees at our annual meeting in March elected the following new, dynamic leaders to join our Board. For a complete list of our 37-member board, click HERE.
Partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
"I am proud to be a part of an organization that makes such a difference in the lives of girls in New York by motivating and providing opportunities to underprivileged girls who otherwise might not realize their own potential."
Senior Vice President of Sales at Donna Karan International:
"New York is a reflection of the world. By investing in girls, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York has strengthened communities across the globe. Having a daughter myself, I can't think of a more worthwhile commitment of my time and resources."
Partner at Duane Morris LLP
"I'm excited to be involved with the Girls Scouts of Greater New York as they meet the challenges of supporting young women in the new millennium. I admire the Girl Scouts of Greater New York for reaching out to all girls in the five boroughs and especially to those with the most need."
Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics, Inc.
"I am looking forward to providing guidance to the Girl Scouts of Greater New York in their efforts to further expand their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programming, and to facilitate collaborations with organizations with STEM-related expertise. GSGNY has already added the National Museum of Mathematics to their STEM program portfolio as a result of my efforts, and is starting to explore opportunities with the Cold Spring Harbor Lab's DNA Learning Center in NYC and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in the Hudson Valley."
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships at National Basketball Association:
"While I wasn't a Girl Scout myself, I love the mission and goals set by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, and I'm thrilled to work alongside the other board members to support and advance leadership initiatives for young girls. As a native New Yorker, I'm excited to be a part of such an important and inspiring organization for girls in my hometown."
The Girl Scouts of Greater New York welcomed the charter members of our new Trefoil Society this winter at its inaugural reception. The society, chaired by Girl Scout board member and Troop Leader, Missy Rice, recognizes those individuals who, through their generous financial support, are advancing the Girl Scouts' mission and helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders.
Donna J. Blank
Barbara J. Cooperman
Carmen Dubroc and Lewis I. Haber
Kelly and Todd Guenther
Catherine M. Keating
Fernanda M. Kellogg
Jennifer M. Lee
Rose and Robert Littlejohn
Melissa McClenaghan Martin
Susan and Peter Nitze
Janet and Peter Otto
Melissa and Gregory Rice
Cheryl L. Swiatkowski
JoAnne Williams Bilotti
Kim Bourne and Raydean Tinglin
Ling W. Chang
Jennifer L. Chase
Melissa and Chappy H. Morris
Mary Elizabeth Pratt
Alice Sanderson Rivoire
Jill and John Scibilia
Jane A. Zimmy
For more information on becoming a part of this special group visit www.girlscoutsnyc.org/support/trefoil-society