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Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has stood for making the world a better place, and pledged to “help people at all times.” Those words carry great weight and responsibility and inspire us with strength as we denounce institutional racism, violence, injustice, and inequity.

To make the world a better place, we must commit to working together build an antiracist society. Not being a racist is not enough. Honoring diversity without being inclusive is not enough. Inclusivity is a big part of the Girl Scout DNA. From the very moment founder Juliette Gordon Low first mentioned her plans to start Girl Scouts, it was set to be an organization not only for the girls of Savannah but also for “all of America, and all the world." And if you didn’t already know, Girl Scouts is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization, we are not red or blue, we are Girl Scout green and proud. 

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Building Beyond Today Programs

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Raise your hand to help enact change with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines’ advocacy patch, Building Beyond Today. Displaying this patch lets others know you are part of the initiative to create a community where all girls can thrive.  Get involved by participating in one or more of GS-NCCP’s opportunities. Upcoming opportunities recognize the importance of taking on issues around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Patch Program
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When girls have earned this patch, they’ll have developed an appreciation of the uniqueness and commonalities of themselves and others, and the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and in the world. Girls will also deepen their understanding and respect for people who may be different from them and learn how to better relate to others.  

Thrive Talk Series
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The Thrive Talk Series invites girls to join a guest speaker(s) to discuss topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Select age-level during registration.  The fee is $5 per girl / per talk.  We invite one parent/caregiver per registered girl to join her on the call.  Click here to register.  Purchase 3 talks and get the 4th free!  Girls who register and participate in at least one talk receive the Thrive Talk Series patch.  Building Beyond Today patch available for purchase in our retail shop. 

  • Thursday, October 15th from 6:00pm to 7:15pm. 

    Culture and Your Family Narrative.
    Our Thrive Talk Series kicks off with a look at cultures around the world.  Through stories and activities, we’ll garner a greater appreciation for other cultures and learn how we can shape the story we tell.  Girls may be split into age-level discussion groups. 

  •  Thursday, November 19th from 6:00pom to 7:15pm. 

    Diversity.
      A world where everyone is the same would be pretty boring.  So, let’s take a look at the diversity of your Girl Scout sisterhood, your community, and your social circle.  Girls may be split into age-level discussion groups. 

  • Thursday, February 18th from 6:00pm to 7:15pm 

    Being a good bystander
    .  What do you do when you see or feel something that “just isn’t right”?  Join an empowering conversation aimed at equipping you with the tools you need to be prepared to be a good bystander in difficult situations.  Girls may be split into age-level discussion groups. 

  •  Thursday, April 15th from 6:00pm to 7:15pm 

    Inclusion.
      Since 1912 Girl Scouts has emphasized inclusiveness, but what does that really mean?  We’ll talk with a mixed abilities troop in Wake County who’ll share their story of success.   Girls may be into split age-level discussion groups.  
Thrive Challenge
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Girls will complete the challenge on their own (supported by their family) or troops can participate together.  Coming December 2020!

Thrive Book Series
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  • Read Aloud Book Series

Do you love stories?  So do we, especially when we get to share a meaningful story with friends like you!  Each month we’ll release a story read by a special guest reader.  

October Read Aloud features Tiffany Tate reading Caterpillars Can’t Fly.  Join Tiffany on Tuesday, October 6th on Facebook Live to hear this story and learn more about the author. 

Caterpillars Can’t Fly Overview:

Ca-Mya the caterpillar, and her best friends Dezi the dragonfly and Lamia the ladybug love playing hide-and-seek. However, three bothersome bluebirds laughed at Ca-Mya because she couldn't fly, or, so they thought...

Ca-Mya believed in herself and continued playing hide-and-seek with her best friends. Learn how Ca-Mya and her friends handle the bluebirds teasing Ca-Mya, and how powerful believing in yourself can help you transform in Caterpillars Can't Fly.

Tiffany Tate is a troop co-leader of Girl Scout Troop #4336 in Wake County and serves as an Event Director and the Adult Recognition Coordinator on the service unit team. 

Suggested reading list for Daisy Girl Scouts (coming soon).

All girls who either participate in the Read Aloud event and/or read books from the suggested reading list can purchase the Thrive Book Series patch from our retail store. Building Beyond Today patch is available for purchase as well.  

  • Thrive Fall Book Club

Download the Thrive Fall Book Club reading list.  This reading list is aimed at helping you broaden your view of the world.  We’ll supply discussion questions for the books to help you reflect on what you’ve read, while encouraging you to creatively capture the book. Then register to attend the Thrive Fall Book Club Meeting on January 21, 2021 from 6pm to 7:15pm. This event will feature a guest author or speaker and/or activities. Girls may be into split age-level groups.  Select your age-level during registration. Girls who register for and participate in the book club meeting will receive the Thrive Book Series patch. Building Beyond Today patch is available for purchase at our retail shop.

Thrive Fall Book Club Reading List (coming soon)

Girls may choose to read from the book club reading list and not participate in the book club meeting.  Please purchase your Thrive Book Series patch from our retail store.  

  • Thrive Spring Book Club.  Download the Thrive Spring Book Club reading list.  This reading list is aimed at helping you broaden your view of the world.  We’ll supply discussion questions for the books to help you reflect on what you’ve read, while encouraging you to creatively capture the book. Then register to attend the Thrive Spring Book Club Meeting on April 22, 2021 from 6pm to 7:15pm.  This event will feature a guest author or speaker and/or activities.  Girls may be into split age-level groups.  Select your age-level during registration.  Girls who register for and participate in the book club meeting will receive the Thrive Book Series patch.   Building Beyond Today patch is available for purchase at our retail shop.

Thrive Spring Book Club Reading List (coming soon)

Girls may choose to read from the book club reading list and not participate in the book club meeting.  Please purchase your Thrive Book Series patch from our retail store.  

 

How Do You Thrive?
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When you build beyond today you build for your tomorrow, a tomorrow that is better and brighter because of the actions you take today.  A panel of guest experts will guide you through several activities aimed at helping girls take action steps toward creating a community where all girls can thrive.  Join us to learn the skills and develop the tools necessary to effectively advocate for yourself and others.  Plus answer the questions, “How do you thrive?”

Click here to register. 

Girl may be split into age-level groups, please select age level during registration.  Each girl should register individually to attend.  We invite one parent/caregiver per registered girl to attend the virtual session with her.  All registered and participating girls will receive the “How Do You Thrive” patch.  Building Beyond Today patch available for purchase in our retail shop.  

(2) Virtual events will be hosted on:

·       How do you thrive?  March 27, 2021, time 10am to 11:30am – Brownies and Juniors and their families

·       How do you thrive?  March 27, 2021, time 1pm to 2:30pm Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors 

Thrive Art Show
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Virtual Thrive Art Show (info coming soon)

  • Virtual Thrive Art Show information released January 4, 2021
  • Submissions accepted January 5, 2021- March 31, 2021
  • Exhibit opens for (virtually) viewing on May 3, 2021  

    

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Resources for Parents

While we should be having conversations about race and racism regularly, checking in with your girl is crucial when racist violence claims lives and sparks widespread protest, grief, and unrest around the nation. See the resources below for guidance on navigating racism with your girls.

                                        

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Resources for Troop Leaders and Volunteers

As a Girl Scout volunteer, making all girls and families feel welcome and offering a safe space for your girl to talk about important issues is vital. Review these resources as you navigate discussions.

Programming for Taking a Stand Against Racism

Girl Scouts offers the following badges that promote civic engagement: Public Policy, Inside Government, Netiquette, Finding Common Ground, and Girl Scout Way. In addition, we offer many resources through our nonpartisan G.I.R.L. Agenda initiative that encourage girls to drive positive social change in their communities and world. 

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials: Engaging Girls & Families

  • Creating a Safe Place for Girls
  • Communicating Effectively with Girls of Any Age
  • When Sensitive Topics Come Up
  • Volunteer Policies and Procedures (includes non-discrimination policy, whistleblower procedures, and more)
Safety Activity Checkpoints

Pages 18-19 emotional safety, mental health, and equal treatment

Our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. Parents/guardians make all decisions regarding their girl’s participation in Girl Scout program that may be of a sensitive nature. As a volunteer leader, you must get written parental permission for any locally planned program offering that could be considered sensitive.

Training Resources
  • Lead and Learn- Being Inclusive

Our Lead and Learn on “Being Inclusive” helps adults understand what it means to create an inclusive environment and ways they can help develop an inclusive environment for both girls and adults. To request this Lead and Learn, please use the Lead and Learn Request Form

  • gsLearn – Diversity and Inclusion

gsLearn, our online learning platform for all things training, offers several opportunities to increase your diversity and inclusion IQ. To view the trainings below, remember to log into your MYGS account to log into gsLearn.

In Foundation 3 (Well Being and Development) of The Successful Leader Learning Series, learn strategies to creating an inclusive, girl led space, embracing troop diversity and understanding how the role of the troop leader, sets this framework.

In addition, gsLearn houses several other training on Diversity and Inclusion that can be helpful for Service Unit Teams and for your own personal professional development.

What is Diversity and Inclusion

Hiring for a Diverse Workforce

Identifying Diversity in Others

Leading a Diverse Workforce Part 1 and Part 2

Leveraging Diversity and Strengths in the Workplace

Your unique diversity in the workplace

                            

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Ways to Take Action

Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Through our Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, Girl Scouts can take a stand about an issue that they care about and make a lasting change. 

Learn more about our Highest Awards and get started.

For some inspiration, read about Gold Award Girl Scout Nia P.'s project called Increasing Youth Engagement: A New Voice in Social Justice  where she informed her peers of racial equity and social justice issues.

Girl Scouts and Advocacy

Commit to taking action to make the world a better place by siging our pledge against racism.

A nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action.

Our Public Policy and Advocacy Office works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to educate and raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women

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Have resources to share? Email them to us! Share with us how your troop is taking action through our Girl Scout story form.