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

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How do we know what you do as a Girl Scout make a difference?    This is one of many questions the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) has studied recently to document outcomes of participation in Girl Scouts.   This study examined the relationship between Girl Scout experiences and success in school.   Rather than a pre-test, post-test research design, it involved surveys of active Girl Scouts administered near the end of the academic year.

So what did the GSRI researchers discover in this research project?

  • Girl Scout participation has a positive impact on girls' leadership

  • Most Girl Scouts in this study are academically successful - they finish their homework, get good grades and understand their class work

  • Girl Scouting influences academic success as much as, and sometimes more than, non-Girl Scout factors known to impact academics

  • Girls who gain experience solving problems and seeking challenges in Girl Scouting are more successful in school than girls who gain less experience in these areas

  • Some Girl Scout experiences are more beneficial than others in promoting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) outcomes that influence academic success

  • Lower socio-economic status (SES) girls report greater benefits from Girl Scouting than do higher-SES girls

So, please remember, what you do with girls does make a difference.   For more information on this report or to read the full report, visit the Girl Scout Research Institute website, www.girlscouts.org/research/.

Go Ask A Girl

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Have you heard the maxim, "out of the mouths of babes?"   I was reading the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) data for something else I was working on, and it made me ponder how to best describe what you do with your girls when you meet with them, work with them on projects, take them to events and activities, and participate in the cookie program.   I think we don't often see it for what it is, but GSRI accurately describes the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) with the following outcomes that adults assist girls in achieving:

  1. Girls develop a strong sense of self - have you not seen that happen with your troop?
  2. Girls develop positive values - as we feel that we don't discuss values enough, here's an opportunity to shape values of the girls you interact with.
  3. Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world - Girl Scouts do work hard on appreciating the differences of others, not criticizing them.
  4. Girls feel connected to their communities, locally, and globally - the Journeys curriculum works hard to get girls to identify resources and issues in their community and beyond.
  5. Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world - girls can and do change the world, everyday, in this council and beyond.

As we take stock of what has transpired so far this fall and look to the future, always remember you are building leaders.

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