Results tagged “International Women's Day” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

learning_to_lead.jpgOn Thursday, October 29, 2009, Girl Scouts of the USA along with CARE International, Seventeen Magazine and the Documentary Group hosted Learning to Lead, an interactive discussion on the power of girl leadership and education.

Experts, celebrities, media, invited guests and Girl Scouts gathered at GSUSA to discuss the importance of providing girls with opportunities and support to build education and leadership skills regardless of their geographic location.

Moderated by Suchin Pak of MTV News, panelists included Cynthia Lloyd from the Population Council, Judy Schoenberg from the Girl Scout Research Institute, Stephanie Baric from CARE, and Award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.

As a follow-up and continuation of this event, GSUSA, CARE, Seventeen and the Documentary Group are asking teen girls, their families, troop leaders and other mentors to make a pledge at The Power of Girls to learn more about issues facing girls around the world. The goal is to collect 50,000 pledges by International Women's Day in March of 2011.

Be sure you and your girls make the pledge!

We would like to invite you to join CARE, and more than 120,000 people gathering in 450 theaters across the United States, to celebrate International Women's Day 2009. On the evening of March 5, CARE is hosting an unprecedented one-night event featuring "A Powerful Noise", an acclaimed documentary that follows three extraordinary women in three different areas of the world who are working to achieve victories over poverty. The film is screening at theatres throughout Alabama, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, and Gulf Shores.

Immediately following the film, a town hall discussion will be broadcast live from New York to each of the participating theaters, with celebrity activists and experts discussing how we all can play a role in empowering women and girls around the world to fight global poverty. 

Girl Scout Councils and troops can make A POWERFUL NOISE Live their own International Women's Day program for 2009. Simply have your members attend the event together at your local participating theatre, and then hold a meeting afterwards to discuss the issues presented in the film. You may download a step-by-step planning guide with more ideas for how local youth groups can participate in this exciting event at .

I wanted to follow up on the emails that you have already received from the Girl Scouts Global Action Manager inviting you to participate in this event, to let you know that I can be a local resource to help you get involved. If you need help planning for the event, or if you would like informational materials or a CARE speaker for a follow-up meeting, please just contact me at

We will also send an "I Am Powerful" t-shirt to the first 50 Girl Scouts that e-mail with their creative ideas for how they will get their troop and community involved (please include your troop name, the number of members in your troop, and a mailing address in your message).

Thank you again for your support, and see you at the movies!

**Visit to learn more about the event, watch the film trailer, or for participating theaters and ticket information.**


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