On March 12th, 2019, Girl Scouts from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh for a bi-annual Legislative Day. At the event, Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Chief Executives from across North Carolina’s four councils toured the North Carolina State Capitol Building where they accepted the Girl Scout Week Governor’s Proclamation from Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. The proclamation recognized Girl Scouts for being the leading organization for girls and for building girls of courage, confidence, and character that make the world a better place for 107 years.
At the event, Girl Scouts of all ages learned about state government and the history of North Carolina. They toured the old Capitol Building and the chief justice spoke with the girls about her Girl Scout experience, her Girl Scout Gold Award project, and her journey into law. The tour and meeting were part of the bi-annual Cookies ‘n Milk event where Girl Scouts begin with a cookies and milk reception and continue to build their Girl Scout Leadership Experience throughout the course of the day. In addition to meeting with the chief justice, Gold Award Girl Scouts attended meetings with house representatives and the general assembly, received introductions on the house and senate floors, and learn about local government. Events like Cookies ‘n Milk provide Girl Scouts with new opportunities and allow them to visualize themselves in a leadership role. By meeting with female change-makers like Chief Justice Beasley, girls see that they, too, can break glass ceilings and make a difference in the world.
Additionally, Girl Scouts of the USA develops a federal legislative agenda annually to advance key issues and promote leadership opportunities for girls. The agenda is informed by extensive research and program experience in working with girls for over 100 years. The Girl Scout 2019 Legislative Agenda (PDF) supports polices that foster leadership and educational opportunities for girls and nonprofit organizations serving youth. Specifically, Girl Scouts' public policy priorities are supporting girls’ exploration of STEM, strengthening girls’ financial literacy skills, reducing bullying, and more.
By promoting girls’ involvement in legislation, Girl Scouts is building the female leaders of tomorrow by encouraging girls to develop their own informed opinions and by giving them the opportunities they need to build confidence and become problem solvers.
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