Public Policy and Advocacy

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 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.

Youth Leadership and Advocacy Opportunities

In the News

Troop Capitol Hill

Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren with Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez

Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren from Newport News attended a special reception held at the U.S. Capitol by Girl Scouts of the USA to formally welcome the 114th Congress and to inaugurate all of the new female members of Congress into Troop Capitol Hill.

Read more here.

White House Science Fair

Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren at the White House Science Fair

In March, Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren was an honored guest at the White House Science Fair, where she shared her passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She also talked about her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which aimed to engage more girls, women and minorities in STEM.

Read more here.

North Carolina Legislative Day

Members of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh

Thirteen members from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast traveled to the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh on March 11. Along with Girl Scouts from across the state, they met with their local representatives, were introduced in the House and Senate and educated legislators about what Girl Scouts are doing to raise awareness about the issues important to girls and young women.

Virginia Legislative Day

Representatives from Girl Scout councils in Virginia at Girl Scout Legislative Day in Richmond

Representatives from Girl Scout councils in Virginia gathered at the State Capitol in Richmond for the annual Girl Scout Legislative Day in February. The day helps raise awareness on what Girl Scouts are doing to help demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts is a resource and authority on issues affecting girls.

Read more about the day in the latest issue of Virginia Capital Connections Magazine.

Portraits in Leadership

Girl Scouts of the USA has released Portraits in Leadership, the first-ever video collection in which Girl Scouts interview female Members of Congress. Girl Scouts from more than 20 congressional districts met with their female representatives. Each profile offers a fascinating glimpse into the hard work, courage and conviction it takes to be a female leader, and how society can come together to support and encourage today’s girls to take up the leadership mantle in America.

Existing profiles can be viewed here, with more to be added as girls complete their interviews.

Girl Scouts Joins Intel on Capitol Hill to Reduce the Tech Gender Gap

Building on the release of a new Intel report that found “Making” can engage girls in computer science and engineering, Girl Scouts was proud to participate at a bipartisan Capitol Hill briefing focused on broadening the participation of girls and underrepresented minorities in the Maker Movement. In addition to Girl Scout members speaking, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke about legislation she has introduced with the Girl Scouts to engage more girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, and her support for Girl Scouts as co-chair of Troop Capitol Hill.

The Intel recent report, MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating, and Inventing, showed that girls enjoy do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and if they are engaged with making, designing, and creating things with electronic tools they will develop a stronger interest in STEM education. Anna Maria Chávez, CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA, provided a foreword to the report.

Read more on the Girl Scout blog 

Hampton Girl Scouts Meet with Senator Tim Kaine


Girl Scout members from the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast troops 1289 and 1361 in Hampton had an opportunity to meet with US Senator Tim Kaine on August 28. They were invited to meet with him and share some of their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences they have had as Girl Scouts.

Among the activities they spoke about was the Council's annual Science Alive event held at Norfolk State University where girls are allowed first-hand experiences in robotics and other STEM interests. This event was launched in 2009 with the support of the University's Provost Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, who is also a former Council Board Chair and a lifetime Girl Scout. Senator Kaine was presented with the Council's STEM patch named after Dr. DeLoatch and was asked by the girls to continue the great work he is doing to support girls involvement in STEM!