By Lidia Soto-Harmon – Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital
For over 100 years Girl Scouts has provided a space for girls to take the lead.
Our program inspires girls to raise their voices and take action to find sustainable solutions to community and world problems. That is because Girl Scouts provides a safe space where girls grow in confidence and shift the narrative to lead in their own way.
Girl Scouts pursue their dreams and become women with a brighter and better visions for their communities. Girl Scout alumna have gone on to lead in business, STEM, Congress and even reign as Olympic champions. Their accomplishments are an inspiration to girls. Combined with strong role models and mentors, we help guide Girl Scouts on a path to success.
This year on the International Day of the Girl, Girl Scouts announced the National Gold Award Girl Scouts at the United Nations. These girls created projects that truly made the world a better place. They dealt with real issues, from the environment to education and trafficking. Gold Award Girl Scouts are bold, brilliant, courageous, and bound to be unstoppable.
Girl Scout Sakshi Satpathy, a 16-year-old high school senior, was recognized at the United Nations as a recipient of the National Gold Award. Her project, named Project GREET (Girls Rights: Engage, Empower, Train), consisted of three documentary films and a training curriculum to help rehabilitate trafficked girls. Her work has been used to train volunteers in 13 countries including Burkina Faso and Brazil.
At Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, our girls are pushing boundaries and achieving the impossible. When Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts pursue the Gold Award, they are not only prepared to take on the issues impacting their communities, they also demonstrate vision and leadership. Their projects demonstrate what One Girl can accomplish when she thinks big and leads.
The need to provide girls with support and encouragement has never been more pressing. That is why we are championing our girls to have strong voices and strong minds. We want them to have happy, successful and fulfilling lives where they can fearlessly take action to make the world a better place.
Take a look at some of our local Gold Award Girl Scouts and their projects. They are also featured on our Facebook.com/gscnc page.