Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Girl Scouts is Getting ‘Empowered’

Girl Scouts is partnering with the National Urban League on its “I am Empowered” campaign. The campaign is a yearlong public service initiative designed to rally millions of Americans around education, employment, housing and healthcare. It’s all part of the National Urban Leagues centennial celebration and anyone can take the “I am Empowered” pledge.

The pledge says, "I pledge to responsibly commit my time and talent to ensure that the nation is empowered to achieve the following goals by 2025:

  • Every American child is ready for college, work and life.

  • Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits.

  • Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing on fair terms.

  • Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions."

So take the pledge, and check out the National Urban League’s cool video below:

The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Girl Scouts has partnered with the National Urban League in the past, and has a long history of diversity and inclusion. The first Girl Scout troop for African American girls was formed in 1917, and by the 1950s, GSUSA had begun a national effort to desegregate all Girl Scout troops. In 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. described Girl Scouts as “a force for desegregation.”