Other Opportunities: February 2009 Archives

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The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) want to thank us for voting in support of GSEM through Virgin America's "Revolution Takes Flight" contest!! (Here's the initial entry in our blog.)

 While the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts did not take the grand ($25k) prize, the Virgin America folks were so impressed with their runner's up take of almost 3,000 votes of support that Sir Richard Branson invited the girls to join him at a reception in Boston!  The girls were thrilled with the opportunity ( being Girl Scouts they weren't shy about selling cookies either!), Sir Richard was quite a character, and Virgin America was very generous in gifting GSEM with flight vouchers for an upcoming silent auction to be held during Cookie Creations on March 12th!

It's amazing what Girl Scouts can accomplish when they work together!

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Does anyone else remember Mr. Green Jeans? You know, on Captain Kangaroo...hello, anyone? Well, his time has finally come! Dalton Stack's Eagle Scout project is collecting denim and using it for insulation in Dothan Habitat for Humanity homes. It's a green project that recycles jeans -- we can all be Mr. Green Jeans!

The jeans/denim will be recycled into insulation for a Wiregrass Habitat of Humanity family home. The insulation is also environmentally safe since it is made from cotton, and the denim will not fill our landfills. The collection goal is 10,000 pairs of jeans or equivalent denim.

A processing plant will receive the denim and break it down to its high quality of natural fibers; removing all metal: zippers, snaps and buttons. The recycled denim insulation doesn't itch and it's safe to handle without the need for protective clothing.

Collection Dates: February 28th, 2009 - April 4th, 2009

Collection sites are throughout Dothan and Ozark. A listing can be found at www.donatejeans.com.  What a great Eagle Scout Project! Good Luck Dalton!

If you've ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters, you know they put on quite a show of synchronized basketball.  They incorporate a message of healthy lifestyles while they dazzle their audience with incredible tricks basketball shots.  They've been doing this for decades, and it's one of the best shows around. Take your girls for a great time!

The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at the Trojan Arena of Troy University on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. Scouts are also invited to a pre-game session of the Globetrotter University, which promotes healthy lifestyles. Doors open at 5 and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and patch are $13 per person and the deadline for orders is March 2.  Download the TroyScouts.pdf.

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 http://www.apowerfulnoise.org/guides.html .

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 hrobin@care.org.

We will also send an "I Am Powerful" t-shirt to the first 50 Girl Scouts that e-mail groups@care.org 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 www.apowerfulnoise.org to learn more about the event, watch the film trailer, or for participating theaters and ticket information.**

 

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GSUSA announced today a new online safety campaign with Microsoft.  The name of this initiative is LMK (text-speak for "let me know"), and the program is designed to build girls as leaders in promoting online safety.  The web site is http://lmk.girlscouts.org.

What is LMK?

LMK ("let me know") is an online safety campaign created in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft. The campaign includes an interactive Web site for girls, as well as an e-newsletter and Web site for adults. Each month, an all-girl editorial board explores a different internet safety topic online and then shares what they learned in the e-newsletter, which is distributed to adults the following month.

What can girls expect to find on the girls' Web site?

Girls can anticipate learning more about internet safety through a fun and interactive Web site which includes forums, video features, articles, quizzes, polls, games and a question & answer column from internet safety expert, Parry Aftab.  There is also a "digital patch", Girl Scouts' first ever!

What about the adult components of the campaign?

The e-newsletter and adult site are designed to provide parents with timely guidance and also serve as a tool to help families have open and honest conversations about the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. 

Why is LMK important?

With the escalating popularity, increasing access to the internet and online technologies, it is important for teens and parents to be aware of the dangers that exist in cyberspace. The LMK ("let me know") campaign not only creates a space for internet safety experts and teen peer advisors, it also provides guidance about topics like cyberbullying and online sexual predators. The adult components of the campaign help teens to bridge the digital generation gap between themselves and their parents.

 

What is LMK teaching my kid that she doesn't already know?

While many young people are aware of the issues of cyberbullying and online predators, not many people know how to keep themselves safe. The LMK campaign shows teenagers how to stay safe online by:

·         Surprising girls with what they can learn about online safety;

·         Inspiring girls to pass their learning on to their friends;

·         Including their parents in a dialogue about online safety;

·         Empowering girls to become thought leaders who advocate safe and responsible use of technology.

Why is the Girl Scouts partnering with Microsoft?

Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders. Thanks to the support of Microsoft, we are able to create a unique online learning experience for girls, which furthers our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

 

The Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Award Program is Guardian's annual initiative designed to reward the enterprising spirits of girls ages 12 to 18. Guardian awards prizes to 15 girls who demonstrate budding entrepreneurship; are taking the first steps toward financial independence; and make a difference in their schools and communities. Prizes totaling $30,000 are granted to three top winners and 12 finalists each year, to further their entrepreneurial pursuits or save for college. The deadline for entry for the 2009 award is February 27, 2009. Good Luck! For more information or to apply to the 2009 Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award, please visit www.GirlsGoingPlaces.com
AUgymnastics.gif Come join the Auburn Gymnastics Team as they compete with Ohio State on Friday, March 13 at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. The event begins at 7 pm, and is FREE to Girl Scouts!.


Register using the event registration form to request tickets by February 20 and you will be mailed free tickets for your troop. Send the completed form to the Montgomery Service Center.

GSEM.gifVirgin Atlantic is holding a contest for Boston based nonprofits - the winner (most votes by Friday February 6th) wins $25,000 for their organization!  And you all know so well how much that money can help with with programs, camps, and financial assistance to girls right now.

All you have to do to help is:

(1)  Go to www.revolutiontakesflight.com <http://www.revolutiontakesflight.com/>

(2)  Click on "register" and create a login

(3)  Once registered, click on "Non-Profit Causes" and then "Popular"
(currently GSEM is in 2nd place, and we need your vote to ensure a win!)

(4)  Find Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass and click the airplane icon to the left of the entry, casting your vote!

Thanks for helping your sister Girl Scouts!


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