Monday, December 5, 2016

Philly Girl Scouts Have Awesomely Memorable Experience Singing the Hook on New Anthem, “Watch Me Shine”

What an honor for us! This summer Liz Rose, songwriter and two-time Grammy award winner,  and Emily Shackelton, singer/songwriter on the popular TV show Nashville, combined their awesome skills to write “Watch Me Shine,” our new, inspiring Girl Scout anthem—yes, we have our very own anthem!

With the help of three remarkable girls from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and their mom, Juliet Shavit (cofounder of Breakthrough Music and business producer on the song), Liz and Emily (the vocalist on the song) were able to make “Watch Me Shine” come to life to inspire millions of girls around the country—amazing!

Maya, 13, Eden, 12 and Ariel, 9, are sisters and lifelong Girl Scouts who embody everything it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. When they heard their mom was involved in the making of “Watch Me Shine,” they were moved to take the lead like a Girl Scout, and join in on the adventure. “They all love to sing. They love the song, they love Liz and Emily, and they love Girl Scouts, so they were thrilled to sing the background vocals,” said Juliet.

The girls felt excited and lucky to have the opportunity to be part of the project, and they were even more excited that they got to do it together as a family. “The experience was very memorable for all of us. It was something I will never forget—going into this recording studio [Blackbird Studio in Nashville owned by Martina McBride] with all of these fancy microphones and not knowing what to do,” Maya said. “It just goes to show you, if you really think you can do something, you can. You’re just as capable as anyone else.”

We hope that “Watch Me Shine” will inspire you to lead like a Girl Scout, and awaken the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in you, regardless of your age, gender, or background. There’s an opportunity for anyone and everyone to get involved!

You can start now by getting your very own copy of “Watch Me Shine.” Share the good news far and wide. We’re ready to shine, together, now more than ever!

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Hear more from Maya, Eden, Ariel, and Juliet. 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Why He Gives: John Cay Knows Firsthand What the Generosity of a Few Can Do to Change a Girl's Life

John Cay, chairman of Palmer & Cay, is a dedicated advocate for the restoration and preservation of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. His appreciation for the history of Girl Scouts stems from a wish for all generations to experience our founder's iconic and internationally recognized home in Savannah, Georgia. With five grandchildren participating in Girl Scouting, John is proud to support making the world a better place. 

When people think of Girl Scouts, they often think of girls and their mothers—which is why seeing a man so dedicated to the Girl Scout Movement is incredibly inspiring. Can you tell us a little about why this organization means so much to you?
Girl Scouts is not just for girls, but for all the people of the world. And the world needs a lot more of what Girl Scouts offers. I sincerely believe that there is one thing that could make our world a better place, and that is to empower women on a global scale.

You’ve contributed so much to Girl Scouts over the years. What are you proudest of?
First of all, giving to an organization that is all about giving back—and that’s what Girl Scouts is—is a sincere pleasure. When you see your dollars making an impact in a girl’s life, teaching her life skills, providing leadership training, and giving her some real adventures early on, that’s an incredible feeling.

On a tangible level, I’ve been very involved in restoring and preserving the birthplace of Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low. When the opportunity came along to restore the birthplace garden—making it accessible for people with physical disabilities and also ensuring it’s environmentally friendly—my wife and I thought it would be an ideal project. It’s a space to honor the remarkable life of this remarkable leader, but also to honor all the women who have made a great impact. We need to celebrate that history to see how far we’ve come. Five of my own grandchildren are Girl Scouts and I’m always proud to have them come experience the birthplace with me. It’s a very special place for all of us.

Why do you think this is the time for people to come together to back Girl Scouts financially?
There are all sorts of massive social changes happening across this country, and what Girl Scouts stands for is more important today than ever before. The motion to help women break through glass ceilings and preserve their history is simply the right thing to do.

Join John and give back to Girl Scouts today!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Are you ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout?

Check out our new “I’m Prepared” PSA and get inspired to unleash a lifetime of leadership and positive change.

Ever get the feeling that a lot of people out there think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, badges, and friendship bracelets?

That’s why it’s time to show the world everything that Girl Scouts are capable of—designing robots and standing up to bullying, conserving the environment and finding sustainable solutions to other real-world problems. And of course, practicing leadership early and often.

When a Girl Scout sets her mind on a goal, there is absolutely no stopping her. She is a Go-getter. She’s an Innovator. She’s a Risk-taker. She’s a Leader. She’s a G.I.R.L.! And giving back is in her DNA. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped transform millions of girls into the leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow. How do we do it? Through a unique program that equips girls with the courage, confidence, and character to, first, realize they have the power to make the world a better place, and then go out and make it happen.

The best part? Whatever your age, gender, or background, Girl Scouts has opportunities for you to take the lead and make amazing things happen in your community and around the world. Yes!

Are you ready to realize the magic of your full potential and build a better world with Girl Scouts? Check out our brand-new public service announcement, featuring our also-new “Watch Me Shine” Girl Scout anthem. It will inspire you to stand up, think big, and take the lead like a Girl Scout!


Learn more about what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why She Gives: Varsha Sathappan knows Firsthand What the Generosity of a Few Can Do to Change a Girl's Life


Although I was born in California, each summer I left America, and traveled across the world to see my grandparents who lived in Kodikottai, a village in southern India. I loved those summers, but as I got older, I started to notice the difference in the lifestyle of the other villagers, and what they didn’t have access to.

On one vacation when I was a teenager I returned to India to discover that the sister of my grandmother’s maid, only two or three years older than me, had died in childbirth. Her baby died, too. She had been married at 15 years old, when I was in middle school. I was in shock. We had played together as kids. I didn’t understand how she could be gone.

After doing research and talking to my family—my mom is a pediatrician—I figured out what I wanted to focus on for my Girl Scout Gold Award: addressing healthcare in rural India. I decided I wanted to build an outpatient ward at a pre-existing medical clinic in Kodikottai that was under-staffed and lacked equipment.

My parents were proud, but, honestly, also concerned. While they always have had high expectations for me, they pointed out the problems I might face trying to achieve this goal and said they didn’t want to see me fail. I knew they were right about this being a massive undertaking, but I wasn’t about to give up my dream. I talked to my Girl Scout troop leader, and because of all the leadership training she encouraged within our troop, I knew I had her support to make it happen. She pushed me to go for the Gold.

I started work on the outpatient ward when I was a sophomore in high school. Like my parents, the local government officials in Kodikottai were supportive, but didn’t necessarily think I could do it. Still, I had a lot of support from Dr. Gandhi, who ran the clinic. While I was back in the United States studying for school exams, he would send updates on contracts with construction companies and architects. He never treated me like a kid, but like a partner trying to make the world a better place. I just wanted to help prevent another tragedy like what happened to my childhood friend. I wanted everyone in that village to have access to healthcare.

After two and a half years of constant effort, including construction, paperwork, going back and forth with officials, research, and engaging the Kodikottai community, my dream was realized. The outpatient ward opened on August 6, 2013, and has served about 40 people every day since. Girl Scouts always believed in me, and without their support, this project would have never been possible.

When I found out I was awarded the title of National Young Woman of Distinction in 2014, I was instantly humbled because I knew that there are thousands of other girls just like me across the country and around the world doing projects like my Gold Award project. Girl Scouts all around the country are literally changing our whole world.

That’s why I’m a lifetime member. I want to give other girls the same, amazing experience I had, and continue to be a part of this extraordinary organization that not only changes lives, but sometimes saves them. I still volunteer on a Gold Award committee today as a mentor, and I am proud to have donated. Consider becoming a lifetime member like me, or make a donation today. Stand in solidarity with girls. Show us that you support all the work we do to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts Take the Lead to Advance United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Goals



There’s no goal too big for Girl Scouts to tackle—that’s for sure! Whether it’s harvesting a community garden they planted to feed the hungry, developing innovative solutions to curtail declining bee populations, or initiating programs to combat bullying in schools, Girl Scouts are the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders who take action every single day to create a better world for us all.

On September 25, 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations adopted a set of global goals to help transform our world by ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity and peace through partnership as part of a sustainable development agenda.

In the agenda, UN leaders detail their ambitious and transformational vision for a better world, while providing a glimpse into our current challenges and discussing the steps we can take to solve them on an international, sustainable scale.

This is where Girl Scouts comes in! As the leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow, we are prepared to play a role and continue to work together to build a better world—much like the one the UN is envisioning. Color us inspired!



So in support of these sustainable development goals and this extraordinary vision of hope and change, we are rallying Girl Scouts to share how they’re already taking action to contribute to a better, more sustainable future by working specifically to support advancement in the following areas:

Poverty
Life on land / Life below water
Food Security and Hunger
Health
Education
Gender equality / women and girls’ empowerment
Environment

And guess what? In the past few weeks alone, Girl Scouts who have participated in ToGetHerThere: The Girl Scout Challenge have clocked in over 44,000 hours of work to advance these sustainable development goals—so amazing!

And what’s even more amazing? Girl Scouts participating in the challenge volunteered (on average) more than 89.46 hours, compared to a national average of 36 hours in a year.* Among the project categories of Girl Scout submissions, girls dedicated the most hours in total towards projects within education, reflecting Girl Scouts’ desire to create sustainable progress in society. Girls are not only empowering themselves, but also empowering others through education, which impacts the world’s future potential. Education was followed by, respectively, health, poverty, gender equality and empowering women and girls, food security and hunger, environment, and life on land and life below water.

Check out how Girl Scouts are taking the lead to build a better world for us all, and help us show the world what girls are made of. Share these stories on social media and invest in her and your future by becoming a Girl Scout donor, today. Your investment makes possible critical, life-changing, girl-led programming, while also supporting each girl during a crucial time in her life and development—a gift that will continue to benefit her and society for years to come. Because when girls succeed, we all win.

Invest in girls. Change the world.

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Multiply the impact. Challenge five of your friends to do the same!

*Source for national average, all ages: U.S. Census