Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Girl Scouts Unveils New PSA at G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018 Leading Up to Spirit Day

“We need a society today made up of civically engaged citizens who really care about their communities and want to make their world a better place.” - Kathy Hopinkah Hannan

At Girl Scouts, we’re passionate about preparing girls to lead and take action on the issues they care about—and as the world’s single best leadership development organization for girls, we give them the tools they need to make a difference. Maybe she wants to raise the minimum marriage age in her home state. Lead a march for women’s rights in Philadelphia. Or any number of other amazing things on par with what today’s G.I.R.L.s are tackling.

This week, we brought together groundbreaking female leaders at G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018: Leading Change Through Civic Action. The event featured a keynote speech from Dr. Jill Biden and two inspiring panels led by change-makers who’ve taken action locally, nationally, and globally to impact civic issues. The panel discussions included Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym, Pennsylvania State Representative Katharine Watson, and Congresswoman Donna Edwards, as well as civic activists Ashley Biden and Carolyn DeWitt (Rock the Vote) and community leaders such as Dr. Melissa Harris Perry, Destiny Watford (Free Your Voice Group), and Girl Scout Anna Holemans.

Panel: Change the World Like a G.I.R.L.—from City Council to Congress
So what happens when girls hear from women who have broken barriers, defied stereotypes, and created change through their involvement in government and public policy? They discover they can achieve anything and are empowered to advocate for their communities and make the world a better place.

The discussions inspired hundreds of Girl Scouts who attended in person and thousands more who were motivated to take action. The event ended with the release of Girl Scouts’ new national PSA, “Lifetime of Leadership,” heralding our legacy of fostering female change-makers and preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Featuring notable Girl Scout alums in technology, politics, media, and sports, the PSA showcases the positive change these powerful female leaders have driven through activism, speaking up, and breaking glass ceilings—and illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts in providing girls with the leadership experiences they need to make their voices heard and effect change.

Panel: Change-Makers: Mobilizing Communities to Take Action
In case you missed it, check out a recording of the event—and join us in pushing the G.I.R.L Agenda forward and encouraging more girls to voice their opinions and mobilize to change the world!

In the words of Dr. Jill Biden, “A lot has changed since I was a Brownie, but one thing has stayed the same: Girl Scouts is building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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