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Girls Begin Leadership Journey
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 • Posted August 20, 2008

Austin, Texas, August 18—Less than 1 percent of the Fortune 500 CEOs and only 7.3 percent of our federal elected officials are female. Though there is a great need for more female leadership in our country, only 21 percent of girls believe that they currently have most of the qualities required to be a good leader, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute.

Girl Scouts is addressing the need for female leadership by providing leadership development experiences for all girls in grades K-12. Through Girl Scouts, girls have the opportunity to discover their own potential, connect with their community and take action to make the world a better place.

“To be a strong leader you must know yourself, be aware of the world around you and have the courage to stand up for what you believe in,” explains Etta Moore, CEO for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “The Girl Scout Leadership Experience emphasizes all three steps with the discover, connect and take action model. Diverse, age-appropriate activities provide the best outcomes-based leadership experience for all Girl Scouts.”

Girl Scout Junior, Annie, progressed through each step; discover, connect and take action; to become a leader in her troop and beyond. She discovered the impact of her actions through community service when donating gifts to children at a maternity home with her troop. She connected with the young mothers and their children while better understanding the importance of the mother-child bond.

Then Annie learned about Troop 1500, a Girl Scout troop for girls whose mothers are incarcerated. From her previous experience, Annie felt it was important for these girls to have a strong relationship with their mothers and wanted to help Girl Scouts make that possible. After paying to attend a Girl Scout summer camp, Annie donated her remaining funds from her cookie sales to Troop 1500. Through Girl Scouting, Annie identified how she could help people, determined a cause she felt strongly about, and took action to make the world better for others.

All girls can participate in the leadership development experiences available through Girl Scouting. Whether it’s planning a Girl Scout trip to the Galapagos Islands, building robots, learning to water ski at summer camp, or participating with other girls in a troop or special interest group, there is a Girl Scout experience for every girl.

Although registration is open year round, the Girl Scout program year coincides with the academic calendar making August and September the ideal time for girls to begin their Girl Scout leadership journey. To register a girl you care about for Girl Scouts, or to learn how you can help Central Texas girls become leaders, visit www.gsctx.org or call (800) 733-0011.

About Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

Girl Scouts of Central Texas serves nearly 20,000 girls in grades K-12 and more than 12,000 adult volunteers in 46 Central Texas counties. Headquartered in Austin, Girl Scouts of Central Texas has program centers in Brownwood, Bryan, Killeen, San Angelo and Waco. Through outcomes-based leadership opportunities, girls discover their own potential, connect with others and take action to improve their communities. Girl Scouting offers an array of fun, educational programs focusing on fine arts, science and technology, math, the environment, community service and life skills. Girl Scouts lead with courage, confidence and character, to make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.gsctx.org.

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