Happy birthday, Girl Scouts!
March 12th is the birthday of Girl Scouts nationally. It marks the date, more than 100 years ago, when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.
We've come a long way since then. Girl Scouts is the world's largest organization dedicated to creating girl leaders, with 3.2 million active members and an estimated 59 million alumnae.
According to "Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study" (2012) from the Girl Scout Research Institute:
- Women who were Girl Scouts as girls display positive life outcomes - sense of self, community service, and civic education - to a greater degree than women who were not Girl Scouts;
- Girl Scout alumnae have earned more undergraduate and postgraduate degrees than non-alumnae; and
- Alumnae with three or more years of Girl Scouting have higher household income than non-alumnae.
Here in New York City, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York currently serves nearly 28,000 girls, ages 5 to 17, in virtually every zip code of the five boroughs, with the help of over 9,000 volunteers. Our programs focus on Business & Entrepreneurship, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Environmental Leadership, and Personal Identity Leadership.
To learn more and join our Second Century efforts toprepare today's girls to become tomorrow's leaders, visit www.girlscoutsnyc.org.