by Jen G.
Growing up I never knew that I had the opportunity to become a Girl Scout. As a young Latina, some opportunities just didn’t seem like they were meant for me. However, after my most recent internship with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital I see that not only are these misconceptions, but there is even more of a reason for Girl Scouts to be promoted in Latin communities and in communities (of color) everywhere. This is a training ground for girls to become strong leaders.
Like most parents, my parents worked tirelessly to provide us with the best life and opportunities possible, and because they were so driven and focused, they were not aware of opportunities like Girl Scouts. They were also unaware that our financial standing did not matter. Working at Girl Scouts I have become aware of the wonderful ways in which Girl Scouts provides every girl an opportunity to have the Girl Scout experience with the help of scholarships through the SHARE program. Not only do members and volunteers contribute in annual giving, but the staff as well.
Many could say that it is unfortunate that awareness of the inclusivity of Girl Scouts is not more widespread, which is true, but I can advocate that the effort to be inclusive is not. Through their CEO, the Encuentro conferences and an outreach department that includes bilingual staff, efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion is strong. And, working with programs like the Cisneros Scholars with backgrounds like myself helps to spread awareness.
So, if you’re reading this, understand that Girl Scouts presents so many opportunities to empower young Latinas. We all have a chance. I just never knew. Despite this, that does not mean that young Latinas should continue to miss out on an incredible opportunity simply because of a lack of communications.
I charge you, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month spread the word! Tell your friends, your co-workers or even your neighbors to bring their daughters, nieces and family to the next Girl Scout event or join. Because more Girl Scouts is what the world needs.