Monday, October 17, 2016

Girl Scouts are Committed to Ending Poverty

Initiated in 1993, October 17 was designated Global Poverty Day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Global poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Girl Scouts  can dive into issues around poverty by engaging in one of these program options with that focus in mind.

Each year, Girl Scouts of all levels can earn their Global Action Award. This award connects the WAGGGS sisterhood by helping girls work together to make a difference on a topic that affects girls and women all over the world. It’s an official national award, so girls can wear it just like a badge on the front of their vest or sash. See how to earn yours.
The Sow What? Journey is all about food—how and where it’s grown, harvested, processed, distributed, and consumed—and why it matters. Seniors share their knowledge and host a farmers market, inspire others to eat locally, or plan a community vegetable garden.

In GIRLtopia, Seniors develop their own vision of an ideal world and acquire the skills to make it a reality. By exploring women in history, interviewing inspiring mentors, or creating a short film, girls learn real-life lessons while building a brighter future.

The reality is, in many parts of the world, it is hard for girls to go to school and finish their education whether due to poverty, lack of school, or cultural factors. We believe every girl deserves the chance to get an education and Girl Scouts are taking the lead to make it happen. Join us. 

Do you know a Girl Scout who is taking action to address issues related to poverty?  Encourage her take the Girl Scout Challenge for a chance to win a $500 scholarship sponsored by Metlife Foundation and yes, even the youngest Girl Scouts are eligible to participate. Learn more.