Summer 2013 Newsletter
In This Issue:
- A Letter from Our CEO
- GSLI (Girl Scout Leadership Institute)
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
- Introducing the Trefoil Society
- BFF: Be a Friend First – Anti-Bullying Program
- 100th Anniversary Gala – A Wonderful Evening
- Gold Awards
- Funder Profile: Bank of America
- Brooklyn Girl Scouts Won!
Earlier this month, nearly 3,000 Girl Scouts, families and friends from across New York City joined us at the 103rd Street Pedestrian Bridge to symbolically bridge the gap from our first one hundred years to our next century. As we made that crossing, we had the opportunity to reflect on our amazing accomplishments and look forward to the exciting projects that inaugurate our next one hundred years.
We are continuing to pioneer innovative new programs - and stay relevant - so we can help foster the next generation of women leaders. We are launching the Girl Scouts Leadership Institute (GSLI), a new partnership that will instill leadership skills in girls from all backgrounds. We have started a pilot program with the New York Academy of Sciences to show girls the potential of a career in the sciences. And we will soon be expanding our Career Exploration Program (CEP) to more middle schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn. In the current school year alone, this program has served over 1,500 girls from low-income backgrounds, broadening their career horizons and helping them realize their own vast potential. You can see a wonderful NY1 story about it HERE.
With your support, with 26,600 New York girls in our leadership pipeline, and the invaluable help of over 9,200 volunteers, I have no doubt that we will achieve even more in our next century.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Barbara Murphy Warrington
"I have learned that practice does make perfect. Being a part of GSLI will put me in that routine of 'practice' to be a leader."
-Hannah Jung, GSLI applicant
"GSLI will give me more opportunity to be part of the Girl Scouts' leadership movement. Girl Scouts is the place where I have support and was given the responsibility to take action towards making my community a better place."
-Lesego Pearl Nksoi, GSLI applicant
According to a 2012 study, ninety-five percent of girls want to change the world for the better, 94% want to be role models, and 91% believe they have the skills to be leaders. The Girl Scout Leadership Institute-NYC (GSLI-NYC), a new Girl Scouts of Greater New York initiative launching this summer in partnership with Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies, will include a retreat at Camp Kaufman, workplace visits with top female executives, mentoring opportunities from female role models, an intensive summer program at the Barnard campus, and more. GSLI-NYC will foster a generation of women who will drive systemic change and reform throughout their communities and, ultimately, the world.
For more information, please visit www.GirlScoutsNYC.org/GSLI.
Girls throughout New York are taking part in an exciting new program run in cooperation with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Cadette-age girls are learning about biology through activities including extracting plant DNA from a strawberry and studying human cells.
"The NYAS program really showed how important science is in our lives. I will actually be attending a sleep away science camp for an entire week after school ends. This program was a big reason for my decision."
- Scout Molly Maresca of Troop 3147
This fall we are partnering with the New York Hall of Science to train and support Cadette troop leaders to provide girls with an environmental science experience.
Collect, Construct, Change: Pollution Patrol
Human innovation has created modern conveniences, but it has come at high cost to our society. The energy required to power our cars and warm or cool our homes is harnessed through processes that release pollutants into the environment. The plastics used to ship and store our food do not break down and will be floating in our oceans and sitting in our landfills for years to come. The electronics we use to communicate contain metals that, if left in our landfills, will further harm the environment.
The goal of the Pollution Patrol program is to teach girls about pollutants affecting the local environment and how to advocate for minimizing the impact of those pollutants on our world. Over the course of the program, girls will: 1) investigate different kinds of pollutants, 2) gather, analyze, and interpret data to describe the presence of pollutants in the local area; 3) discuss solutions to decrease the level of pollutants in the local environment without greatly impacting society’s needs.
For more information about STEM initiatives, please visit www.GirlScoutsNYC.org/girls/stem.
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Trefoil Society - a new society that honors generous supporters who are advancing the Girl Scouts' mission and helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders.
"I joined the Trefoil Society because I wanted to show my daughters, both Girl Scouts, that I support their interests and that getting involved is the best way to make an impact on something you care about. There is a great deal of pride in knowing that you are helping to shape girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
"The past 100 years of Girl Scouting has been so rich. My hope is that we will continue to build on that richness with new, exciting leadership experiences for our girls. It would be wonderful to reach ALL New York City girls who want to be part of the Girl Scout experience. In order to do that, we need everyone's support."
- Missy Rice, Owner, Melissa Rice Designs, LLC
Trefoil Society Chair and Board Member, Girl Scouts of Greater New York
All individuals who join the Trefoil Society by September 30th will be invited to attend our Charter Trefoil Society Reception in Fall 2013. We are grateful to all of those individuals who have already joined the Trefoil Society. To view a list of our current members, click HERE.
Trefoil Society membership begins with an annual commitment of $1,000 or more. For more information on becoming part of this special group, please contact Jill M. Scibilia at 212.645.4000 x247 or visit www.girlscoutsnyc.org/support/trefoil-society. Thank you.
Girl Scouts of Greater New York is fighting middle school bullying with our Be a Friend First! (BFF) program. The program helps middle school girls develop healthy relationship skills and build the leadership skills that will allow them to stop bullying before it starts, becoming peacemakers in their communities.
For more information, visit www.GirlScoutsNYC.org/BFF.
More than 450 guests celebrated our 100th Anniversary at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, April 30th, honoring Sandra Lee, Renée Haugerud, Michelle Y. Lee, and Trish McEvoy. The event raised more than $857,000.
We are deeply grateful to Honorary Chairs and Centennial Sponsors, Mary and Howdy Phipps, to our Gala Committee and Chair, Jennifer Lee 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 our 26,600 New York City Girl Scouts.
Congratulations to the 50 girls who earned their Gold Award this month. By September, we will have over 100 Gold Awardees!
From the press:
Jasmine Wu of Queens was named NY1's Queens Person of the Week for her Gold Award project, in which she crocheted caps for babies born prematurely at local hospitals. Click HERE to watch online.
Samantha Brandt of Staten Island was named NY1's Staten Island Person of the Week for her own Gold Award project, which involved taking over a food pantry. This video feature will begin airing the weekend of June 28-30 -- you can see the story by visiting NY1's website at www.NY1.com.
Connecting youth to education and employment opportunities is a key component contributing to each community's economic growth. That's why Bank of America supports workforce development and educational opportunities, like the Girl Scouts of Greater New York's Career Exploration Program, that help youth obtain the training and education that lead to post-secondary completion and employment. From programs that help at-risk youth access post-secondary opportunities to those that train people with barriers to employment for specific job opportunities, the bank's support is helping individuals in need access resources and opportunities that will ultimately help them gain employment. It's part of BoA's lending and investing activities to help improve communities, making them better places in which to live and do business. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about.
Last month, Girl Scout troop 2657 protested the sale and possible destruction of Brooklyn Public Library's Pacific Street branch in Boerum Hill - a library located in a beautiful 109-year-old Beaux-Arts building that is home to the troop's weekly meetings and offers children in the neighborhood safe and easy access to its treasure trove of books as well as a spacious community meeting room. The proposed new location across the notoriously busy Flatbush Avenue would effectively have deprived many local children of easy access, and so our Girl Scouts decided to take matters into their own hands to save "their" library.
The 17-member troop of homeschooled five-to-ten-year-olds from Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan wrote a petition directed towards elected officials including Comptroller John Liu, Mayor Bloomberg, Councilman Steve Levin (D-Boerum Hill), and Council Speaker Christine Quinn and hand delivered it to Liu at a recent rally at City Hall. Two of the troop members read the petition during the press conference on the steps of City Hall. The troop also met with the City Council Member of the district, and they collaborated in the production of an amazing youtube video, appealing to the public to save their library.
One month after the initial protest, the New York Times reported that due to community pressure, the library will remain open and the building will be saved, at least for the near future. Any future project will only be able to go forward with greater input from the community and demonstrated sensitivity toward the architectural importance of this Carnegie-style building.
This is a great example of our Girl Scouts' civic involvement and community spirit, and it shows what their passion, can-do attitude, and determination can accomplish. At Girl Scouts of Greater New York, we teach young girls to lead with courage, confidence, and character and to make their communities and the world a better place. The girls from troop 2657 not only embody this ideal, but they have demonstrated that leadership knows no age, that our message remains relevant for today's girls, and that our girls' involvement in the city's communities through civic engagement continues to make a difference.