Friday, October 19, 2018

G.I.R.L. 2020 G-Team Internship


Hey Girl Scouts! Do you want to be a part of organizing the largest girl-led event ever? Would you like to work hands-on with a mentor in the career field of your interest? Now’s the time to get your application ready for the G.I.R.L. 2020 G-TEAM Internship!

Last October, thousands of girls and mentors from around the world gathered together in Columbus, Ohio for G.I.R.L. 2017 . The event, hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, provided attendees with inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead real change in their communities.

Panels were led by accomplished public figures such as Chelsea Clinton, Gabby Douglas, Barbara Pierce Bush, and more. Additional sessions featured female leaders from companies such as Facebook, Instagram, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and AT&T.

The coolest part? The event was planned by a group of Girl Scouts!

In preparation for Girl Scouts’ 55th National Council Session and G.I.R.L. 2020 in Orlando, Florida, GSUSA is seeking 25 new members to join the G-Team and help plan the event. All registered Girl Scouts currently enrolled in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade are eligible to apply. An added bonus for 2020, there is now a secondary element to joining the G-TEAM where girls will be able to partake in an internship experience and work with an experienced mentor in a specific career field! Girls will be able to apply for experiences in areas such as Marketing, Event Production, Governance, Logistics, and more.

Girls selected for this opportunity will be expected to attend virtual meetings three times per month for the next two years, to attend in-persons meeting in Orlando and New York City, and to attend the entire G.I.R.L. event held in Orlando in 2020. All travel and costs for the meetings and event will be covered by Girl Scouts of the USA.

Are you ready to gain incredible experience, connections and memories? If you want to show the world the real power of a G.I.R.L., apply today! The application will be open from October 19th until November 19th at midnight eastern time.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jump Start the Girl Scout Year




Hey Troop Leaders! We’d like to take a moment to thank you for helping girls today become leaders of tomorrow. After a long summer, the new Girl Scout Membership Year officially started on October 1st. This means all whole new year of projects, activities, and possibilities lie ahead! Whether your troop has new or seasoned members, here are some ways to get the ball rolling and the girls feeling ready to go. Don’t forget to renew your Girl Scout membership if you have not already!


Meet and Greet 


Even if your troop has primarily returning members, there may be some first day jitters that you and girls experience. Ease everyone into the new year with some of these tips!
  1. Set the Tone – The first meeting will set the rest of the year up for success, so make everyone feel welcome! Establish a connection by calling each girl by name, acknowledging their questions, and sharing your own experiences.
  2. Have Some Fun – Use a game or activity to get things in motion. Try out one of the icebreakers below to get the girls interacting with you and one another.
  3. Mix it Up – Cliques aren’t fun for anyone! Encourage girls to make new friends in the troop by assigning rotating buddies or pulling names out of a hat for group work.
  4. Ask the Girls – Check what the troop’s goals for the year are and create a game plan. Whether it be a trip they want to take or what type of community service project to do, girl involvement is the key to success. For activity and discussion inspiration, encourage them to visit the GSUSA website’s FOR GIRLS section.


Ice Breakers 


Ice breakers are a great way to get your girls engaged and participating, and to learn a new thing or two about your troop members. Try one of these fun activities to get started.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face 
    • Have the girls sit in a circle and pick one person to start the game.
    • That person will smile their wildest, biggest, silliest smile at everyone else in the circle (while staying silent), trying to make them laugh.
    •  For every girl in the circle who laughs at their smile, they get one point.
    • After smiling at everyone in the group, they ‘wipe’ the smile off their face with their hand and ‘pass’ the smile to the next girl in the circle.
  • Two Truths and a Lie  
    • Have the girls sit in a circle and write down three statements about themselves. Two statements will be true and one will be false. 
    • Take turns having each girl present their statements, and vote on which statement the rest of the group thinks is false. 
  • Mix and Meet (The M&Ms Game) 
    • Take a bag of M&Ms and tell everyone to grab a handful. 
    • Assign a different category to each color, such as blue = family, green = school, yellow = friends, red = pets, and so on. 
    • However many M&Ms a girl has in her hand is the number of facts they have to share about themselves. 
  • Toss the String 
    • Have the girls form a circle, and one girl will start with a ball of yarn. Holding on to the end of the string, she will call out another girl's name and toss the yarn to her. 
    • The girl who catches the ball will call out someone else's name and toss the ball to her while holding on to part of the string. 
    • After creating a spider web with the string, ask one girl to pull on the string while everyone else holds on. How many girls can feel the tug? This is a great way to talk to your troop about the importance of group cooperation and an individual's contribution to the whole team.


As a troop leader, you give girls the opportunity to discover new skills, connect with others locally and globally, and take action to make a difference in the world. Thank you for your generous commitment, we at GSCCC wish you a very successful Girl Scout year!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Going for Gold: Shelby O'Neil


Shelby O’Neil of our very own Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast has been named a 2018 National Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Approximately 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award each year, and GSUSA selects just ten of these incredible candidates to receive such a distinction.   

Shelby founded the nonprofit Jr Ocean Guardians to combat waste and defend the environment. Initiating a movement called No Straw November, she encouraged people who don’t medically need a straw to reject unnecessary plastic straws during November, because they’re a main source of ocean pollution. As a result of her advocacy, Shelby’s resolution proclaiming November to be No Straw November in California was approved by the state legislature. She also conducted a letter-writing campaign to executives at prominent corporations, convincing a leading airline to formally discontinue its use of non-recyclable plastic straws and working with other companies to improve their sustainability practices. Shelby’s organization, with support from Girl Scout troops and notable environmental activists, has eliminated the use of millions of plastic straws and promoted reusable alternatives.

 

“Earning my Girl Scouts Gold Award has given me the opportunity to use my voice to help inspire others throughout the world, bringing awareness to the health of our ocean and planet.  I have dreamt of earning the Gold Award since the first grade and it has been an experience of a lifetime. I encourage every Girl Scout to use the Power of G.I.R.L. to achieve their dreams,” says Shelby.  

Gold Award Girl Scouts are shown to be more optimistic about their futures, report greater success in reaching their goals, and typically see themselves as leaders. By tackling an issue that they are passionate about, the girls are able to establish lifelong networks and leave a lasting impact on their communities. In addition to achieving their own goals, Gold Award Girl Scouts act as a positive role model for girls everywhere.



Girl Scouts will honor all of the National Gold Award Girl Scouts on Thursday, October 11, at a celebratory event in New York City made possible through generous support by the premier event sponsor, Toyota Financial Services. Through a multi-year partnership, Toyota Financial Services and GSUSA are helping girls become financially savvy leaders; obtain real-life, age-appropriate financial skills; and gain the tools necessary to make a positive influence in their communities.

The National Gold Award Girl Scouts will be receiving college scholarships from the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders, the Kappa Delta Foundation, and the Arconic Foundation for their incredible commitments to create true change in the world.

Join a century of women who have done big things and learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

National Bullying Prevention Month



As Girl Scouts, we are dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which brings communities together across the nation to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Studies show that 1 in 4 U.S. students have been bullied at school, and 71% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools. So how do you know when someone is being bullied, and how do you stop it?

What We Know 


Bullying is defined by the Center for Disease Control and Department of Education as “unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition.” These types of behaviors can happen in any number of places, contexts, or locations, including at school or even online. Electronic bullying, or cyberbullying, typically occurs using phones, email, instant messaging, and online posts. Types of bullying can include:
  • Name calling 
  • Teasing 
  • Spreading rumors or lies 
  • Pushing, hitting, or kicking 
  • Leaving out 
  • Threatening 
  • Stealing belongings  

Bullying affects everyone, including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who see bullying going on. Individuals that are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and decreased academic achievement and school participation. 

What We Can Do


It’s easy to see that bullying does harm to everyone involved. So now that we know what bullying looks like, what exactly can we do to stop it?
  1.  Speak up! Although it might feel uncomfortable to intervene, saying something as simple as “this isn’t cool or funny,” or “stop treating her like that,” to a bully is often enough to stop them in their tracks. If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, you can opt to laugh it off or simply walk away.
  2. Be a friend. It is important to support whoever is being bullied by letting them know you don’t agree with what is being said, and that you will help to keep it from happening again. Act as a positive role model for others by treating everyone with kindness and respect.
  3. Tell an adult. Sometimes walking away or avoiding a bully isn’t enough, and it is important that an authority figure is aware of the situation to keep it from happening again.
  4. Take action. Talk to your teacher or principal about getting involved at school. Start a safety committee, make posters about bullying, plan an informational skit, or discuss customizing your school’s anti-bullying policy.
Remember, bullying is no one’s fault but the bully. No one ever deserves to be mistreated, and as Girl Scouts we know the importance of respecting ourselves and others. Always stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone, whether that be at home, in school, or online. After all, our differences are what makes us all special!

Practice creating a community of respect this Friday, October 5, for National Do Something Nice Day. Whether that mean including someone by inviting them to eat lunch with you or making a new friend in class, every action you take can build a more positive environment for yourself and the world around you.


Monday, September 24, 2018

President's Volunteer Service Award & Prudential Spirit of Community Award

PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes  individuals, families and groups that have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period, or, for the Lifetime Award, more than 4,000 cumulative service hours over a lifetime.
All PVSA service hours must be verified by a Certifying Organization. Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast is a certifying organization for the PVSA and can certify hours for the entire family.
To designate GSCCC as your Certifying Organization and to record your hours, visit the PVSA website and:
Our program year is October 1 to September 30.  Deadline to enter hours for the 2017/18 membership year is October 31. All earned awards will be ordered beginning of November for previous program year.
To learn more about the PVSA, visit: http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov



PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. 
To be eligible, you must:
  • be in grades 5-12 as of November 6
  • be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
  • have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
  • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization
Awards
  • Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organization. 
  • Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence.
  • State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.
  • National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast is an official designated organization. For more information and to apply, visit: https://spirit.prudential.com/
Application deadline: November 6, 2018
Thank you for volunteering!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Hosted: Reach for the Stars: Tardeada with Dunia Elvir, Telemundo News Anchor, Girl Scout Mom and Troop Leader.


Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) hosted an inspiring event on Saturday August 25, 2018 at Pacifica High School Performing Arts Center. Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast partnered with Dunia Elvir, Telemundo News Anchor, Girl Scout Mom and Troop Leader to discuss women leadership and the positive impact Girl Scouts has on the community.


Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast celebrated an evening for her future, your future and our future. Girl Scouts can help your Girl thrive by instilling courage, confidence and character! At the event, Girls were able to discover all that the Girl Scout program provides. Activities were set up at program stations and information tables were set up outside for parents, mentors and community members to explore Girl Scouts volunteer opportunities. GSCCC CEO Jody Skenderian said, “Reach for the Stars provided families with inspiration and resources for building their daughter’s leadership skills.”

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is committed to making the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to all girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and the future. Parents can learn more about Girl Scouts from a Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast staff member by calling 800-822-2427.
Join today! Learn more about why Girl Scouts is the BEST girl leadership experience in the world. Email info@girlscoutsccc.org or visit www.girlscoutsccc.org for more information.