Speaking Out: The Girl Scout Difference

Life Skills is one of our four pillars of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at Girl Scouts, and one of our most diverse areas. It includes civic engagement, healthy living, global citizenship, and communication skills. We want girls to understand why their voice matters, why they should raise it, and the difference they can make.

GS Difference - Alanna - Speak Out

Speaking out for what’s right folds right into our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character. When you’re a Girl Scout, you learn why it’s important to stand up against injustice while becoming bold enough to defend those in need.

It can be scary as a young girl seeing someone being bullied. You know it’s wrong, but if you say something the bully might focus on you. Or maybe your friend is a bully and you know if go against her, she won’t want to hang out with you anymore. Even as adults we deal with these dilemmas, but we’re fighting for a world where women aren’t afraid to stand up for what’s right and who can speak confidently in the face of pressure.

Alanna gained confidence in her years as a Girl Scout and knows why it’s important to speak out against bullies. Help your girl develop the same type of character and enroll her in Girl Scouts today.

Welcome to my first blog!

Hello and welcome to my first blog.  I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and passions about topics that affect girls and women of all ages.  As a former Girl Scout and the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Western New York, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I work for a girl-led organization because I’ve always been passionate about social issues and how they impact children and women.

If you haven’t heard the news, the United Nation has declared October 11, 2012, International Day of the Girl. Events will be held around the world in recognition of this day. The two year campaign will focus on educating girls. 

One of the advocacy platforms for the Girl Scout organization is healthy living.  Our programs recognize physical health, emotional health and self-esteem. To live a happy and fulfilled life, we must choose to take care of ourselves.  There are two important nationally-recognized health-focused events this month; National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

I’m sure you agree that we all know someone who has been personally affected by breast cancer.  Organizations closely tied to this effort have done a phenomenal job of creating awareness through their cause-related marketing efforts. There are pink ribbons everywhere!  Ladies, please remember to get your annual mammograms.  If resources don’t allow, there are organizations in the community to help.

You can’t talk about topics that affect women without mentioning the second non-profit organization, domestic violence.  This effort is doing its part to shine a light on a very dark subject matter. For years, women were victims of domestic violence, but now young girls are being controlled and battered by their boyfriends. Girls, we must break this cycle.

As the African proverb says, “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.”