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International Day of the Girl


Today is one of our favorite days if the year - International Day of the Girl! On International Day of the Girl, the United Nations and global community comes together to celebrate the power of girls and to highlight, discuss and take action to advance the rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. 

While this official day started in 2012, Girl Scouts were the original cursaders of empowering girls long ago dating back to our founding in 1912. We know that no other organization comes close to providing the same girl-centric, girl-led programing in developing future leaders as Girl Scouts. With the world spotlight on girls, today we're sharing a message from Girl Scout Janaya on why every girl should be a part of the Girl Scout movement!

Janaya, Girl Scout Ambassador

In honor of International Day of the Girl, I wanted to share a few reasons why I believe it’s important for all girls to be a part of Girl Scouts – an organization that has been empowering girls for over a century. I started with Girl Scouts at age 6 as a Daisy and I’m currently 15 years old and a Girl Scout Ambassador. Throughout my 11 years, Girl Scouts has empowered me and helped me grow by building my confidence, character, and courage. Girl Scouts teaches us new skills and that can be applied to daily life. Starting from kindergarten, we are taught how to manage a business through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.  In addition, we are taught public speaking skills, which gives us the opportunity to let our voices be heard.

Through the years, we create tight bonds with our troop as well as the other girls we meet at Girl Scout led activities. Not only do we bond with our peers, but we also form a relationship with the adults that participate in Girl Scouts. These adults may be Girl Scout staff to local business leaders, but every one of them is ready to mentor and teach us in any possible way that they can.

Girl Scouts is also big on encouraging us to go out and serve our community. We have the ability to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards by creating sustainable projects that give back to the community. Through the years of my Girl Scout experience, I have learned what it means to be a Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader.  All of these examples are why I believe it is important for girls to be a part of Girl Scouts.

With Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, at G.I.R.L. 2017 Girl Scouts National Convention.