Girl Scout Research Institute Report Emphasizes Growing Challenges for Emerging Majority
While data is not destiny, many girls are falling behind in America
First-of-its-kind report illustrates steep socioeconomic challenges faced by emerging majority in U.S.
Although girls in the United States have made substantial progress in the classroom and elsewhere, persistent disparities and challenges exist that could keep many girls from achieving their full potential. Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls are far more likely than their white counterparts to face an array of socioeconomic hurdles that range from growing up in poverty or a low-income household to dropping out of school and struggling with obesity, according to a report released this week by the Girl Scout Research Institute.
The State of Girls: Unfinished Business charts the often-vast disparities that cleave the girl experience along racial and ethnic lines. For example, the report finds that poverty rates among black/African American, Hispanic/Latina, and Native American girls ages 5 to 17 are more than twice that of white and Asian American girls. In the United States today, 21 percent of all girls live in poverty, and the rates are higher for black/African American girls (37 percent), Hispanic/Latina girls (33 percent), and American Indian/Alaska Native girls (34 percent), as compared to white girls (12 percent).
“These findings underlie how vital it is that our organization continue to invest in and enhance our programs that provide support for our populations of girls at risk,” said Gail McNutt, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. “Programs such as Reaching Out bring resources and the Girl Scout leadership message into schools and other venues where girls are dealing with these increasing socioeconomic stresses.” (Continue Reading…)
Green Bay Service Center Update
In September the Green Bay Service Center property received an accepted offer from the Green Bay Area Public School District. Since that time, our Council has been exploring appropriate options to relocate our Green Bay presence and is currently negotiating a lease on Green Bay’s east side on Curry Court. The Green Bay Area Public School District has agreed to extend the closing date on the Finger Road property to March 3, 2014. Both the move date and the intended location are subject to change and we will keep our volunteers and families apprised of any new developments. For questions or further information on the Council’s Long Range Property Plans, please visit here.
New Patch Program Available!
Did you know that we have a number of patch programs for Girl Scout groups and troops to complete together? Patch programs include: Breast Cancer Awareness, Recycling, U.P. Heritage, The Real Happy Hour, Including ALL Girls, and our newest, Ronald McDonald House Pop Tab Collection. Visit our patch program page to get started.
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Represent our Council in Salt Lake City!
Mark your calendar for the 2014 National Council Session (NCS) and National Convention from October 16-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah! At this incredible event, thousands gather for a variety of sessions, speakers, and entertainment.
All registered adult Girl Scout members and girl members ages 14+ are eligible to attend, either as a visitor or as a voting member. Our Council is eligible to send approximately ten voting members and three alternates. GSNWGL will pay for the registration and most traveling expenses of its voting members and alternates. Non-voting members are welcome and encouraged to attend as visitors, but are responsible for their own expenses. Voting members are elected at our Annual Meeting on April 12, 2014.
Voting members are able to provide Girl Scout governance input at the national level. They are required to attend an orientation and certain NCS sessions, are expected to report back to our Council’s membership, to serve as an NCS voting member for the next three years, and be a registered Girl Scout and U.S. citizen 14+ years of age.
Please help us spread the word to volunteers and girls who may be interested in participating! You can submit an application online or contact Theresa Brady for a paper copy and to learn more about this unique opportunity. The application deadline is Monday, December 2.
Invite a Friend & Win Big!
This fall, we are running two exciting contests for girls and volunteers to win big by inviting a friend to join Girl Scouts.
For girls: Now through December 1, any friend who joins and is completely new to Girl Scouts will enter you and your troop into a drawing for a movie package! The winning girl will receive three DVDs, movie snacks, two passes to your local movie theater, a Girl Scout T-shirt, and a $100 gift card for your local movie theater for your troop to go out to the movies together! To enter, email email@example.com by December 1 and include your name, troop number, and the name of the new Girl Scout(s) you recruited. You will be entered once for each new girl you recruit!
For volunteers: Now through November 20, any new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop leader or co-leader you recruit will enter you to win one of three troop adventures:
- Art Appreciation Day Trip
Is your troop crazy about creativity? Make your own masterpieces at a local pottery studio, visit a gallery, or attend a touring Broadway show!
- Science and Nature Day Trip
Want to explore nature’s wonders? Visit a planetarium or Imax show, see exotic animals at the zoo, or tour a science museum!
- Outdoor Adventure Day Trip
Is your troop craving adventure? This is the one for you! Go rafting, skiing, even indoor skydiving! The possibilities are endless!
Invite as many friends as you can to volunteer with Girl Scouts. Once they’ve completed their 2013-2014 membership registration and volunteer application, notify us by filling out this short form by November 20, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win! This prize is an amazing value of up to $500! Three lucky winners will be announced in December. Questions? Please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.747.6945.
Restocking the Shelves!
Several of our Girl Scout families and volunteers have experienced frustrations this fall due to out-of-stock items in our shops. An unexpected influx of orders has caused a longer fulfillment timeframe from GSUSA, resulting in reduced or insufficient inventory on our. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.
Board Approves Sale Offer for Green Bay Service Center
As you may recall, the Green Bay Service Center was listed for sale in the spring of 2013 in accordance with the long range property plan. On September 13, the board approved an accepted offer from the Green Bay Area School District, and is pending zoning approval. The timing of the closing of the sale and other details are not known at this time. GSNWGL is continuing to explore several possibilities for a new location, including flexible leases and shared spaces. In keeping with the vision of the ad hoc property committee and the long range property plan, any new location will accommodate the need for a retail shop and the ability to support both troop and staff meetings. We will keep our volunteers and families apprised as further details unfold.
The press release is below.
Girl Scouts Approves Sale of Green Bay Property
GREEN BAY- Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) announced board approval of an offer on their Green Bay Service Center property Monday evening. The building was listed for sale in the spring of 2013. The offer comes from the Green Bay Area School District and is pending zoning approval. Further details of the offer are not available at this time. David Van Dyke, Property Director for GSNWGL said they are exploring several favorable lease options including the possibility of shared space with another organization. “We have an established vision and a long range property plan in place,” said Van Dyke. “We know that maintaining a retail presence at our new location is very important, as well as making sure the site that can accommodate troops and Green Bay area staff for meetings and events. The location we chose will answer these needs as best we can.”
In partnership with over 6,000 adult volunteers, GSNWGL serves nearly 17,000 girls in 58 counties across northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 888.747.6945 or visit www.gsnwgl.org. GSNWGL is a proud United Way partner program.
New & improved gsnwgl.org!
Our new www.gsnwgl.org site has officially launched! The creation, development, and design of both the new gsnwgl.org and Volunteer Connect was a joint project between GSNWGL’s Communications and IT Departments with feedback from a number of stakeholders, including our volunteers through a number of surveys. The primary audience for the new gsnwgl.org is girls, parents, donors, and the general public. This is why we created Volunteer Connect, to address the unique needs of our volunteers while also allowing for a clean, easy-to-navigate, separate public interface. On our new gsnwgl.org, you’ll notice significantly fewer pages, more color and pictures, and a more comprehensive homepage. Have fun getting acquainted with the new layout of the site, and please let us know what you think!
Fall Product Program
Now that troops are forming and girls are looking forward to all the exciting options they have in Girl Scouts, you’re probably also looking at how your troop can budget for programs and troop outings. Thankfully, our Fall Product Program is an easy and flexible way for girls to sell nuts, candies, and magazines to friends and family and earn valuable start-up funds for the troop and cool individual recognitions as well! Learn more by visiting our Fall Product Program page.