Friday, January 18, 2013

Girl Scouts Releases “Girl Scouts Speak Out: Dear Mr. President” Video: PSA Winners Tell the President How to Help Girls

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to release a public service announcement that features the two winners of its “Girl Scouts Speak Out: Dear Mr. President” contest, in which girls across the country were invited to make PSAs addressed to the presidential candidates telling them how they can support girls.

The professionally produced 60-second video, which was filmed in Washington, D.C., is narrated by the two Girl Scouts who submitted the winning entries: Amanda, 15, from Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, and Hareem, 14, from Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol. The PSA is aspirational, as the girls look to a world “that supports girls so that they reach places where big decisions are made; where one of us gets to sit where you do now.”



The “Girl Scouts Speak Out: Dear Mr. President” contest was designed to provide a national platform for girls to engage with the presidential election. As part of the contest, girls could submit ideas and concepts for PSAs addressed to the presidential candidates telling them how to support girls and the next generation of leaders.

Girls submitted videos, slide shows, and other material that drew more than 10,000 votes. The “Dear Mr. President” contest is part of the “Girl Scouts Speak Out” series, in which GSUSA asks girls to submit PSAs on key national or global issues. The program provides girls with a dynamic platform for their voices to be heard and recognized on issues that are important to them, inviting them to engage in the elements of leadership and their own ability to influence their future.
Girl Scouts has posted the video on its Web site at (speakout.girlscouts.org/finalists) and will share it broadly through social media channels and on YouTube.

Visit speakout.girlscouts.org to see the next “Girl Scouts Speak Out” PSA contest entries on bullying.