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Advocating for Girls

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Girl Scouts from all over the state of Florida convened in Tallahassee for Legislative Days at the end of March. This three day event gives girls the opportunity to tour college campuses, hear inspirational guest speakers, and meet with their state legislators.

This is my second year attending this terrific event and it is one of the highlights of the year. I love seeing our G.I.R.L.’s in action.

They were Go-getters when they committed to attending an event away from home to learn about our state government and experience a college campus.

They were Innovators when they asked probing questions of our state leaders and guest speakers.

They were Risk-takers when they stepped outside their comfort zone to meet new girls, and especially when they were sitting down personally with their legislators.

They were Leaders when they demonstrated their preparation for the event and debated an issue right on the house floor.

I think it is important to hear from the girls directly, here is some of what they learned from the weekend:

I learned how to talk to people without feeling shy and that the first impression you make is really important.

I was surprised to learn how long it can take for a bill to turn into a law. It's important to know how our system works because laws can be passed that can affect us. 

The most important thing I learned is how to make my elevator speech so I can make good impression. I'm also glad I learned that eye contact and handshakes are important.

I was always nervous to speak up but I saw other girls do it in some sessions and I felt more comfortable. I actually stood up and participated in the mock debate. It's also fun making new friends with girls in other councils. 

I learned that the people that you meet can change your life but they cannot change who you are. 

I was inspired by them. Each girl attending introduced themselves to me and our state legislators with so much pride and confidence. I’m grateful for the time that many of our state leaders provided to our girls during a very busy session. I was moved by how many of them shared their dreams and future goals with me, many telling me what an important role Girl Scouts in helping them to achieve them.

This event is Girl Scouts in action, advocating for girls, being the voice for girls all over our state. I’m looking forward to attending again next year and for our Camp CEO event focused on civic leadership. There’s more to come on that, so stay tuned!

Yours in Girl Scouting,