Public Policy and Advocacy
Girl Scouts of the USA first established a Public Policy and Advocacy office in 1952. Since that time, the organization has worked to build strong relationships with Members of Congress, as well as with officials at the White House and federal departments and agencies.
The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become the voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Girl Scout members, volunteers, boards, staff and supporters can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues that are moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Sign up today at www.girlscouts4girls.org and begin to take action. Through this network, you can use your voice and encourage your Members of Congress to support legislation that will directly impact girls and Girl Scouts.
In the News
On February 27, 2014, a delegation of girl and adult members from GSCCC attended an annual Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day in Richmond. A “milk and cookies” reception was held in the morning at the General Assembly Building where state delegates and senators had an opportunity to visit with various Girl Scout staff, volunteers and girl members from throughout Virginia. Introductions in the House and Senate followed the reception. A special visit with Virginia Secretary of Education Ann Holton was held in the afternoon to discuss Girl Scout program initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as a new initiative that addresses bullying – Be a Friend First. This annual event allows Girl Scouts on leadership tracks who are interested in advocacy to speak with legislators and to help Girl Scouts promote efforts that create positive change in girls’ lives.
GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller, Girl Scout Cadettes Zoe and Lily from Chesapeake, Girl Scout Junior Sianna from Norfolk, Virginia Secretary of Education Ann Holton (a former Girl Scout), Girl Scout Ambassador Megan and Girl Scout Seniors Anne and Amanda from Virginia Beach, and CEO of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia Viola Baskerville.
The State of Girls
The State of Girls: Unfinished Business is a new study released by the Girl Scout Research Institute. It charts the disparities that cleave the girl experience along racial and ethnic lines. Conducted in conjunction with the Population Reference Bureau, the report contains current national statistical indicators focused on key issues such as health, safety, and educational achievement of girls, as well as demographic trends.
There is promising news for girls regarding their educational attainment; extracurricular, volunteer, and pro-social activities; reduction of risk behaviors; and connection to the digital world. However, the report also demonstrates that many girls are being left behind: they struggle in their everyday lives at school, at home, and in other social environments with issues such as relational aggression, bullying, and depression. Read the report at http://www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/stateofgirls/
Chesapeake Girl Scout Speaks at Congressional Briefing on the State of Girls
On March 20, Girl Scout Cadette Lily from Chesapeake was proud to be the only girl invited to speak at a national congressional briefing hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA Troop Capitol Hill. The briefing was scheduled to highlight the findings of the Girl Scout Research Institute’s report, The State of Girls: Unfinished Business. Lily was invited to share her personal journey with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and her experience as a member of the GSCCC advocacy committee.
Girl Scout Cadette Lily, center, with Sally Schaeffer, director of public policy for Girl Scouts of the USA, left, and Dr. Kamla Modi, a research and outreach analyst with the Girl Scout Research Institute at a congressional briefing on March 20.
Delegate Rosyln Tyler, who represents the 75th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Irene Darden Field, daughter of former Virginia governor Colgate Darden, spoke to girls at Camp Darden in August.
Delegate Tyler explained to the girls how she got her start in politics and why she continued participating in government - she saw how few women were in public office and wanted to change that.
Irene Darden Field, whose father formally gifted the Camp Darden property to the Girl Scouts in 1979, spoke to the girl Scouts about growing up as the daughter of a governor and what it was like to live in the Executive Mansion.
Photo: Delegate Roslyn Tyler, CEO Tracy Keller and Irene Darden Field visited with girls who live in the areas that Delegate Tyler represents at Camp Darden in August.
Support Healthy Media Images for Girls!
A campaign created in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA, The Creative Coalition, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters has resulted in the production of Watch What You Watch, a PSA that encourages all of us to pay attention to the media images that are influencing the nation's youth.
Girl Scouts can join the ladies of Kappa Delta at The College of William and Mary for International Girls Day on November 16. This year's focus is "Youth in Media." Workshops will focus on literacy, leadership self-esteem, healthy choices and decision making. Find more information and register here.
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