Winter 2012-2013 Newsletter
In This Issue:
- A Letter from Our CEO
- News Flash!
- Introducing Girl Scouts to the Careers of the Future
- Making a Difference
- Juliette Low Society
- Save the Date
- Funder Profile: The New York Community Trust
- To Help People at All Times
- Our 2011-2012 Supporters
Recently, this promise was put to the test by Superstorm Sandy and the terrible devastation it left in its wake.
New York City Girl Scouts of all ages rose to the challenge. They donated clothing, helped clear debris, and delivered supplies and food, making a difference for families and communities. Their efforts are a demonstration of leadership and compassion.
It is this kind of initiative and commitment that we celebrate with the kick-off of our 100th anniversary. Our girls have shown that after 100 years of service, we continue to develop girls of courage, confidence and character.
As we look forward, we are excited about expanding programming and opportunities to even more New York City girls - from every corner, in every borough, in public and private schools, in public housing, and in houses of worship.
In 2013 we'll launch our Leadership Institute with Barnard College, expand our pilot after-school STEM mentoring program with The New York Academy of Sciences, and pursue a more robust advocacy agenda. And, in the process we will help girls build an even stronger foundation to succeed.
It is the loyalty of our many friends in the community - volunteers, supporters, educators and other partners - who make these opportunities possible for our girl members. Thank you for your support and friendship.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Chief Executive Officer
- $1 Million raised at our 2012 gala!
- Cyber-Bullying Bill Passed: We are proud to have been part of the New York State Legislative Network advocacy efforts to support this legislation.
- 7th straight year of growth! We now serve 26,500 girls with the support of over 9,200 volunteers.
- Success: Our 20th annual Women of Distinction event was our most successful yet - with 611 attendees and more than $339,000 raised!
In the past ten years, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs have increased in the United States at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs - a trend that is projected to continue into the foreseeable future. Yet only 20% of young women in college intend to major in a STEM field, compared to 50% of young men.
We're working to reverse this trend and give our girls a head start as they enter college. There is encouraging news! According to recently-released research by The Girl Scout Research Institute,
- Girls like STEM - 74% of teen girls are interested in STEM
- Girls are more interested in STEM fields if they have greater exposure to STEM through someone in a STEM career or through STEM extracurricular activities.
In response, we have expanded our STEM programming in partnership with The New York Academy of Sciences, Deep Earth Academy, and the New York Hall of Science. We are confident that these programs will open the door for our girls to the job and economic opportunities of the future.
It doesn't take a disaster for members of our Girl Scout family to make a difference. Our Girl Scouts and our amazing volunteers make a difference every day. They are an inspiration to all those who will follow in their footsteps.
Toni Morrissette supported her Staten Island Cadette troop through 200 hours of Superstorm Sandy-related relief efforts, which included collecting donations, running a supply stand, and organizing guest volunteers. Toni is now helping plan future relief efforts, including planting flowers in hard-hit neighborhoods. But, Toni did not stop there. Toni is collecting Girl Scout care packages from around the country and distributing them to Girl Scouts affected by the storm. Toni has been volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York for four years, and this is but one example of how she is making a difference - both for the girls and the greater community. (Pictured: Back: Abigail Morrissette; front left to right: Victoria August, Gabriella Sasso, Kaitlyn Mattera, Alexandra Piazza from Troop 5237, Erin and Cathy Moulton, Mary Jane Meconi, Toni Morrissette)
Asha Wills, our 2012 Future Woman of Distinction, is a leader who has been making a difference in her community and beyond for 13 years. Asha is active in her church and school communities, plays lacrosse and is on the swim team. She is her troop's top cookie seller and edits her school's literary magazine. As part of her Gold Award project, she created a multi-pronged program to encourage younger students to become more enthusiastic about school and college. Asha plans to attend college in the fall to study medicine. (Pictured: Asha Wills, center, with fellow 2012 Women of Distinction honorees Tracey Gray-Walker , Claudia Poccia, Asha Wills, Stephanie Breslow, Linda Gadsby, and Carol Sawdye)
Named for Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low, who sold her beloved pearl necklace to fund the Girl Scout movement in its early days, the Juliette Low Society honors forward-thinking individuals who have included the Girl Scouts of Greater New York in their estate plans.
Janet Nettleton Otto
Board Member for 10+ years, Juliette Low Society Chair, and member of the Finance Committee and Fund Development Steering Committee
"Over the years, I have seen how Girl Scouting changes the lives of New York City girls - helping them grow into tomorrow's leaders by building their courage, confidence and character. As we celebrate our 100th Anniversary, joining the Juliette Low Society is the perfect opportunity for those who are passionate about our mission to help secure the future of Girl Scouting for the next 100 years."
Juliette Low Society Member, Troop Leader, Service Unit Manager, and Bronx Program Committee Chair
"I joined the Juliette Low Society because it was a very simple and easy way to show my love for and commitment to the Girl Scouts. I want to be sure when I am no longer here that there is something left from me for them."
To learn more about the society and the many ways you can join, please contact Jill Scibilia at 212.645.4000 x247.
- 1,226,006 Boxes of Cookies Sold in 2012: A Record Number!
- Our 2013 Goal: Up 6% Citywide
- Cookie sales kicked off on December 14th
Girl Scout cookies are much more than a delicious treat. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest, most successful business and entrepreneurship program for girls. Through the sale of Girl Scout Cookies, girls learn essential business skills such as goal setting, decision making, and more.
Ambassador Girl Scout Regan Sims (left) is more than just a Girl Scout cookie seller. She also is one of the new faces of the national Girl Scout Cookie advertising campaign. Regan has been with the Girl Scouts for 7 years, and is currently working on her Gold Award project. She writes poetry and plans to turn her interest in performing arts and Earth and Planetary Sciences into a career as a meteorologist. She credits the Cookie Program with teaching her the people skills that will be essential to a successful career.
Girl Scout Gala: Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting in New York City
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6:30pm
Annual Juliette Low Society Reception & Induction Ceremony
Monday, May 13, 2013
Bridge Crossing: Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting in New York City
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Wards Meadow on Randall's Island
Starting point will be at the Manhattan Side of the 103rd Street pedestrian bridge (Wards Island Bridge)
Why The New York Community Trust Supports the Girl Scouts of Greater New York
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust, through the generosity of its donors, has built a permanent endowment to make the City a vital place in which to live, work, and play for all its residents.
Through the fund she set up in The Trust by will, Mildred Anna Williams' commitment to girls and young women lives on. The Trust has carried out her philanthropy by making grants to many effective nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, which we have supported for decades.
The Trust is proud to fund programs that are educating, motivating, and helping girls and young women fulfill their dreams and become leaders in their communities.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Girl Scouts from all corners of our council stepped forward to help those in need.
Above left: Brooklyn Girl Scouts made hot meals and assembled hygiene kits for displaced veterans. Above right: Cadette Girl Scout Troop 5327 from Staten Island helped members impacted by Sandy begin the cleanup effort. Below: Girl Scouts in Queens held a bake sale to benefit those affected by the storm.