Friday, January 18, 2013

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - January 18, 2013

Today's Coast to Coast illustrates Girl Scout leadership at its best. Check it out!

Yahoo! News reports that Anna Maria Chávez, National CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, will be joining several other national female thought leaders on a Women's Leadership Roundtable on Friday, January 18th, in Washington D.C.  The panel discussion, hosted by the United States Office of Personnel Management, will address the question: How Might We Increase Women in Public Leadership Positions? "Women make up more than 50% of the American electorate, meaning we are the entire margin of victory," said Ms. Chávez   "Though the 113th Congress features more women than any time in American history, the fact is women still account for less than 20% of Congress and an even smaller percentage of government leadership positions nationwide.  Addressing the gender gap in public leadership is not simply about creating a more inclusive workplace; it is a major public policy issue affecting everything from tax policy and education, to healthcare and national security.  Only by bringing more voices to the table and leveraging the full intellectual capacity of American women can we hope to meet the many challenges we face in the 21st century."

The Washington Post takes a look at 14-year-old Hareem Abdullah, who is a member of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital. Hareem has loved writing since she was in kindergarten. Last fall, the 11th-grader from Sterling entered a contest called “Girl Scouts Speak Out: Dear Mr. President.” Her letter, which talked about our nation’s need for leadership and the great things girls have to offer, won the contest. In the letter, Hareem wrote, “Girls are making the world a better place each and every day! We HAVE to support these girls by helping them find the right way to succeed.”

In Chicago, CBS News reports that about 70 Girl Scouts from the Portage Park and Jefferson Park neighborhoods turned a photo session with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday into an opportunity to make their case for more neighborhood recycling. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the Girl Scouts from Troop 483 brought a basket of cookies for the mayor, but the scouts were also on a mission. “We are juniors, Troop 483, and we are excited to meet the mayor. We are asking him to give us blue cart recycling,” Girl Scout Junior Ashley said.

Virginia's Your 4 State reports that five girl scouts had the luck of the draw and were selected in a lottery system to volunteer at this year's Presidential Inauguration. "It's like a big opportunity for me," says high school junior Maddie. "I didn't even know that people could go to this because it's the first year I actually knew about inaugurations from classes, so this is big." They're among 750 girl scouts who were chosen to volunteer.

Indiana's Evansville Courrier and Press reports that  local Elementary School girls are participating in aMAZE, a Girl Scout Leadership Experience self-esteem and leadership program. The girls discuss issues related to middle school and life, including first impressions, bullying, cliques and peer pressure and learn diplomatic skills to use with others. The Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana is delivering GSLE programs to girls in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.'s Title I schools.