Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the second largest Girl Scout council in the U.S., is kicking off the next century of Girl Scouting with rallies across southeast Texas. During this time, girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school can register and/or learn the benefits of joining the premier leadership organization for girls. Through programs that include science and technology, business and economic literacy, visual arts as well as outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouts discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.
In March, Girl Scouts celebrated its centennial and, prior to that, launched ToGetHerThere, the largest, boldest advocacy and fundraising cause dedicated to girls’ leadership in the nation’s history. The multiyear effort will seek to create balanced leadership – the equal representation of women in leadership positions in all sectors and levels of society – within one generation.
According to a study commissioned by Girl Scouts in partnership with GfK Roper, ToGetHerThere: Girls’ Insights on Leadership, girls are generally optimistic about their futures, but they still see glass ceilings in today’s society that will get in the way of achieving their leadership potential. The study was based on a telephone survey of more than 1,000 girls ages 8-17.
“Girls are succeeding in many areas today – in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Yet, 61 percent of girls are deeply ambivalent about leadership. Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership skills and have the confidence to take on the leadership roles of the future in all aspects of society.”
In addition to ToGetHerThere, Girl Scouts launched a $1 billion philanthropic campaign for girls to fuel this effort and to fund opportunities that enable girls to lead. Funds raised will go directly to services and programs for girls across the nation and in 94 countries to help fill critical talent gaps in finance, science, technology, environmental and global leadership arenas. GSSJC plans to raise $30 million towards the campaign.
“Girl Scouts is for every girl, everywhere and teaches girls that no challenge is too big,” said Vitek. “While membership dues are only $12 a year, the rewards girls, their families and their communities reap are invaluable.”
For more information about GSSJC membership rallies or to find a rally near you, call 713-292-0300 or 1-800-392-4340, or visit www.gssjc.org.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Girl Scouts celebrated its centennial in 2012.