By Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital
As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, I reflect on the many contributions so many Latinas have made to make this world a better place. As a Latina and CEO of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, I am proud that our work fosters an environment for all girls to succeed. I know that we are in a unique position as our work with Girl Scouts gives us a way to help others. I love the quote from Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her book My Beloved World where she says: “The dynamism of any diverse community depends not only on the diversity itself but on promoting a sense of belonging among those who formerly would have been considered and felt themselves outsiders.”
I recently had the opportunity to meet Lizbeth, a troop leader who for the last four years has provided a Girl Scout experience for her daughter and all the other girls in her troop. She says that growing up in Costa Rica, she wanted to give her daughter the gift of knowing helping others nourishes her heart. It is because of the tireless support of our volunteers that Girl Scouts is able to provide a fun place for all girls to pursue their interests and develop into confident leaders. This year, we celebrate the Girl Scout family in a new campaign we call Be Amazing – Find Your Spark. I hope that every girl and caring adult in her life works to find their spark. It could be something as simple as a smile for someone who is sad, or helping do a chore for someone who is tired, or working hard at school and enjoying learning new things.
We can all do something that helps spark excitement. Let us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by earning the Chicas Patch, designed here at our Council to create understanding and appreciation for the rich culture and traditions of Hispanic and Latin Americans.