Girl Scouts know how to find True North.
Too many girls in our society are at risk of losing their way. Which way is true north; its the way of Girl Scouts, where developing a strong internal compass is what were all about. We help girls discover their personal power and how to use it to seek a life of meaning, service and leadership. Program opportunities within our community building initiative are centered around:
- supporting girls as they take action to make the world a better place
- connecting girls with others who will expand and deepen their view of community
- understanding and appreciating cultural differences
Girl Scouts is committed to being an organization reflective of the community it serves; truly building a strong community by ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to participate. Girl Scouts serves girls through traditional volunteer-led troops as well as through an outreach delivery model that focuses on increasing participation in Girl Scouts among girls living in at-risk environments, rural communities or underserved or emerging populations where volunteer leadership has not been identified or where socio-economics prevent girls from participating at the same level as their peers in the troop. Through intentional efforts, we have been able to achieve some remarkable milestones:
- Achieved parity among Caucasian, African American and Hispanic girl membership, serving the same percentage of the available girl population
- The Community Outreach program reaches almost 3,000 girls annually who would otherwise not participate in the Girl Scout program
- Over 5,000 girls received financial assistance and camp scholarships in 2008
Programs for younger girls, like Zink the Zebra A Special Tale
, recognize the importance of accepting and valuing others. Zink is a special zebra who was born with spots, not stripes. His message communicates the importance of being kind and sensitive to others who appear different from us. Understanding, respect, compassion and acceptance of others are the fundamentals of true friendship. A myriad of collaborations within the community enable us to offer a broad menu of program options for girls to reach out and better understand our community, including CREW Careers with the Commercial Real Estate Women of Charlotte, Bullies to Buddies with the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice, Wish Works with the Make A Wish Foundation and many more.
In teams or as individuals, girls working towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards take action to make sustainable improvements in their communities. In 2009, 68 high school girls in our council earned their Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. Only 5.4% of the nearly 2.5 million Girl Scouts nationwide earn this highest honor.