More than 40 local Girl Scouts became super heroes for the day as they fought off evil forces to save Journey World.
A new, immersive program from Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), Journey World is a “unique, hands-on learning experience that builds personal and interpersonal skills through the challenge of establishing a city and running your own business, ” according to Victoria Golden, program manager of financial literacy and entrepreneurship for GSGCNWI.
In the Journey World Challenge, participants take on new roles, such as mayor, radio DJ, bank president and much more in an attempt to save the city from impending doom. Once roles have been assigned, participants tackle fun and exciting challenges, such as becoming superheros or saving the city from a zombie apocalypse.
Earlier this month, girls in kindergarten through third grade participated in the Journey World Challenge at GSGCNWI’s Joliet Gathering Place and they were assisted by some special guests: David Velazquez of M&M Bank; Monica Bibian of D’Arcy Automobiles, who is also a DJ for WJOL in Joliet; along with volunteers and staff from the Girl Scout office.
The girls were also treated to a visit by Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and presented him with the key to their Super Hero City. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Theresa Rouse, superintendent of Joliet Public Schools District 86, visited as well.
During the program, the girls learned essential financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. As the girls were leaving one girl stated, “Wow, it’s not easy running a business” along with another girl sharing, “I can’t wait to be a grown up and start my own business!”
Journey World is also available for school field trips, youth group events, corporate team-building events and adults who just want to have fun. For more information and to register, please visit www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org.