Results tagged “Advocacy” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

liz_brent.jpgAs we work to leverage the advantages of being a "high-capacity" council, we have become more aggressive in advocating for girls through our local and state governments and even developed an advocacy alliance with our sister council, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.  The first arena we will tackle as a part of this initiative, will be promoting healthy media images.  

Many of you may remember that we had Civic Education Day scheduled for April 28, filled with 100 girls who were going to spend part of their day learning about the legislative process. However, the damage from severe storms and tornadoes from the previous evening intervened, and the event was cancelled.  

As a part of our endeavors to build a higher profile with our state and elected officials, we are holding an installation ceremony for Alabama Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912.  Troop 1912 is a bi-partisan delegation of Alabama elected officials, formed to help educate our branches of government about issues affecting girls and young women.  They are supportive of Girl Scout initiatives and will serve as a voice for girls and young women.  The inaugural group will be installed in a ceremony at the State House in Montgomery on June 2 at 9 a.m.   Let us know if you are interested in attending. We would love to have you join us for this special event.

GS_ADVOC-NTWRK_servicemark.gifGirl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will induct a bi-partisan delegation of legislators into the Alabama Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912 on Thursday, June 2.  The ceremony will take place on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives (House Chamber) from 9 - 9:30 a.m.

In honor of Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary, this honorary legislative troop is called Troop 1912 for the year Girl Scouting was founded. Troop 1912's purpose is to be the voice for girls in the legislature. We're excited to have a diverse group representing Alabama's girls.

The ceremony is open to the public, and we hope you'll join us for this momentous occasion.

Induction Ceremony Invitation

 

About "Watch What You Watch"

Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and The Creative Coalition, believe every child deserves to live in an environment that fosters confidence and character. We recognize that as children's media use continues to increase, all youth would benefit from experiencing healthy and positive messages about girls and women.

"Watch What You Watch" hopes to build awareness about the need to pay attention not to just what kids watch, but how they watch it. Now more than ever, tools such as media literacy, public education and career exploration can be invaluable to young people. "Watch What You Watch" offers a clearinghouse of resources and tools that girls, parents, communities, and the media industry can use to help young people encounter and use media content that inspires, empowers, and engages.

Girl Scouts Promoting Healthy Media Images

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls and a leading authority on their healthy growth and development. As the leading voice for girls, we are committed to addressing the issues important to girls, such as self-esteem and body image. Positive media messages could foster higher self-esteem and a positive body image for girls, while highlighting healthy relationships and strong role models. To improve girls' lives, Girl Scouts is raising awareness about the importance of promoting positive messages about girls and women.

"Watch What You Watch" also connects you to research, programs, and policies Girl Scouts is developing to elevate the importance of healthy media images. Our innovative research sheds light on the impact media can have on girls' body images, relationships, and overall health. The soon to be released program, It's Your Story- Tell It!, will create opportunities for girls to improve their self confidence and media literacy skills. The Girl Scout Advocacy Network offers a forum to take action on this topic.


We've Reached Our Goal of 290 in the House. We Still Need Your Support in the Senate!

 

Thanks to all of your calls, emails and outreach to Congress, we've reached our goal of 290 cosponsors to pass the HOUSE version of the Girl Scouts Commemorative Coin Act. We're expecting the bill to reach the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote in the next few weeks and will keep you updated!

 

Now that we have the necessary House cosponsors, our collective attention turns to the SENATE and the 67 cosponsors needed to pass the Senate version of the Commemorative Coin Act. We're almost there and need to continue the momentum you've created.

 

What can you do? Check to see if your Senator is not a cosponsor then go to GirlScouts4girls.org to send a message to your Senator to ask for support of the Coin Bill (S. 451). Please spread the word to Girl Scout supporters to enlist their help in advocating for the coin by linking them to Girlscouts4girls.org.

 

Working together across the Girl Scout Movement, we can have a lasting symbol recognizing and celebrating the history and achievements of Girl Scouts.

In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting, we need your help to pass legislation introduced in the 111th Congress that will authorize the U.S. Mint to issue a Girl Scout Commemorative Coin. For this to happen, we need you to contact your Members of Congress to encourage them to pass "The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act."

Please join the Girls Scouts Advocacy Network and make your voice heard! Click on "Take Action" at
www.GirlScouts4girls.org, and you will be led through a few short steps that will generate a letter to your Members of Congress, asking that they support the Girl Scout Commemorative Coin bill. For this bill to pass, we will need 290 House cosponsors and 67 Senate cosponsors. We can reach these numbers, but there is some work to be done! Please take action and invite others to do so as well.

 

If you have any specific questions, please email the Public Policy and Advocacy office at advocacy@girlscouts.org, or call directly at (202) 659-3780.

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