Thursday, August 29, 2013

Time Magazine Article Profiles Girl Scouts Legacy

GSUSA shares a wonderful article about Girl Scouts which was published in TIME magazine’s special edition about the March on Washington.
The story, sponsored by AT&T and Geico, charts our long and proud legacy of diversity and inclusion and notes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement that Girl Scouts was a “force for desegregation.” The PDF of the article is available on our Web site here. TIME also hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., that included Anna Maria Ch├ívez, Chief Executive Officer of GSUSA, Lydia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and a number of others. The video of some of the discussion is available here.

In addition, Anna has written a column for the Huffington Post, which also focuses on Girl Scouting and our commitment to diversity. “We have come a long way since Dr. King's dream inspired our nation to root out racism a half a century ago,” Anna writes. “Now, as then, we still have a lot of work to do for that dream to become a reality—but we are making progress. The Girl Scouts of the USA will continue to serve as a force for equality and diversity, as we develop strong female leaders who will make our world a better, more united and more inclusive place.” You can read the column online.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GSCCC Receives Irvine Fund Grant for South Monterey County Girls

Castroville, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast announced today receipt of a $20,000 grant award from the Lauralie and J. Irvine Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County to provide Girl Scout outreach programming in Bradley, San Ardo, San Lucas, King City, Jolon, Greenfield, Soledad, Gonzales, and Chualar.

"I can't wait to..!" is a leading emotion girls experience when they are anticipating their next adventure according to a recent Girl Scout research study," said Gina Jaeger, CEO of Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast. "And, we know the feeling - we can't wait to serve girls in South County with the fun and enrichment Girl Scouting can provide through this generous contribution from The Lauralie and J. Irvine Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County." A top concern for area agencies, the region is underserved for programs that help girls with personal development and provide constructive use of time outside of the school environment. "With this funding, Girl Scouts will be able to offer a variety of programs for girls, ages 5 through 15, in neighborhoods close to home. And, if history repeats itself, as it has for over 100 years, South County girls will most fondly remember their Girl Scout experience as having a very positive life-long impact," continued Jaeger.

Known as the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in South County will have the opportunity to participate in afterschool programs that emphasize critical thinking, teamwork, community involvement, personal development, healthy living habits, and more. Girl Scouts will work in partnership with local youth-oriented organizations and anticipates reaching 500 girls in a series of community collaborations, soccer, gardening, storytelling and writing, computer literacy and career exploration activities all designed to help girls build self-confidence and become leaders in their own lives. For more information, contact: Camille Jaque, VP Membership,

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast serves over 10,000 girls across six counties and is committed to making Girl Scouting available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps, and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura county, visit: .

Friday, August 9, 2013

Leader eBulletin Highlights - August

eBIZ to be down from approx. 2:00 pm PDT on August 9 until August 13  GSUSA is upgrading the eBiz online registration website to a new family-based system. The new eBiz features upgrades based on volunteer input plus extensive usability testing, and should vastly improve the online registration experience.

  • As a part of the upgrade, all existing user accounts - names and passwords - will be deactivated.
  • All adults will be required to create a new online account - reusing old user names and passwords will be acceptable.
  • Leaders will be able to see all troop activities within the new eBiz.

NUTSGSCCC will partner with Trophy Nut and M2 Media for the 2013 Fall Product Sale. This company's E-Nuts+ system allows friends and family to order product online and have it shipped to their home. M2 Media's amazing online system will allow girls to set up a personalized storefront and email friends and family to visit and help support their troop through magazine purchases.

COOKIESGSCCC will partner with ABC Bakers for the 2013-2014 Cookie Sale Program. The council will be participating in a Gluten-Free Pilot program during the 2013-2014 Cookie Sale. This pilot has been developed in response to councils, volunteers, girls and consumers who have asked for a gluten-free Girl Scout cookie. This new cookie allows celiac disease sufferers and those avoiding gluten to support the efforts of Girl Scouts as they enjoy a product created just for them.

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