For over a century, Girl Scouts has provided leadership experiences that build “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place,” and remains one of the leading voices on girls’ healthy growth and development.
As Girl Scouting moves into its second century, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience sets forth a bold and aspirational model of leadership that encourages girls to Discover, Connect, and Take Action to make their world a better place. Girl Scouts is eager to work with state policymakers to create opportunities and environments that foster girls’ leadership development.
While we in New York pay homage this year to our first full century of advocacy for girls, the Girl Scouts of the USA, our parent organization, celebrated its centennial last year, declaring 2012 the "Year of the Girl."
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA has strived, day after day, to develop girls to their fullest potential, willing to accept a purpose beyond themselves and to be able to take on responsibility for their families, their communities, and their world.
In honor of this noble purpose – and as part of the centennial celebration – Girl Scouts of the USA launched ToGetHerThere.org, the largest and boldest advocacy and fundraising campaign dedicated to girls’ leadership in America’s history.
ToGetHerThere is a multi-year effort designed to break down the barriers that hinder girls from leading and achieving success in areas from technology and science to business and industry. The campaign is asking parents, businesses, and government for their participation and support.
This has been a century in which girls have fought long and hard for the right to reach their potential. Girl Scouts has been at their side every step of the way - and plans to be there for the next 100.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education
Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our research shows that 74% of teen girls are interested in STEM. Girl Scouts supports efforts to:
- Help educators engage and motivate female students;
- Expose girls to diverse role models and mentors;
- Promote proven techniques for engaging girls in STEM, including single gender learning environments, and hands-on, inquiry based learning;
- Expand out of school learning opportunities; and
- Cultivate and support collaboration among non-profits, schools, educators, businesses and leaders.
Through our Girl Scout financial education programming, girls learn to handle money and be self-reliant; through Cookie sales, girls learn 5 key skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.
Girl Scouts seeks to work with policymakers to ensure that all girls have financial literacy skills and support the role of youth serving organizations in providing real world financial literacy experiences for girls.
Healthy Living: Promoting Girls’ Physical, Social and Emotional Health
Through our program experience and research, Girl Scouts understands the complex issue of healthy living and what motivates youth – especially girls – to adopt healthy lifestyles. Girl Scouts encourages policymakers to consider solutions to a wide range of related and overlooked issues that disproportionately affect girl’s healthy living including: Two areas of focus are:
- Bullying, Relational Aggression and Cyber-Bullying: As policymakers explore the problems of bullying, relational aggression and cyber-bullying, Girl Scouts offers unique programming to help teach girls how to deal with these issues.
- Healthy Media Images: Partnering with media leaders and related experts, Girl Scouts has developed recommendations and is promoting more positive images of girls and women and a gender neutral media environment.
Girl Scout Research Institute
The Girl Scout Research Institute, formed in 2000, conducts original research, evaluation, and outcomes measurement studies, releases critical facts and findings, and provides resources essential for the advancement of the well-being and safety of girls living in today’s world. The GSRI also informs public policy and advocacy for Girl Scouting
GSRI’s work consists of original research we have conducted on the national level, synthesized research, working papers, and outcomes evaluation tools and reports. GSRI research has focused on the following areas:
- Girls and Media
- Girl Leadership, Beliefs, and Values
- Girl and Youth Development
- Healthy Living
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- Girl Scout Outcomes
- Girl Scouting
For further information and a complete list of research visit www.girlscouts.org/research/publications