Girl Scouts Honor Civic and Corporate Leaders at Tribute to Achievement Dinner

Girl Scouts Honor Civic and Corporate Leaders at Tribute to Achievement Dinner

It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child and on Thursday, March 16, 2017, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana honored three leaders of that village and the impact they’ve had on young women.

This year’s Tribute to Achievement honorees were: Luminary Award: Cheryl Burton, anchor at ABC7; ToGetHerThere Award: Carole Segal, co-founder of Crate and Barrel; Corporate Appreciation Award: Deloitte, accepted by Carl Allegretti, Chicago managing partner.

The council’s premier fundraising dinner, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, raised more than $650,000 in support of programming that prepares girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders.

According to the latest State of the Girls report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, more girls are living in poverty today than they were 10 years ago and girls from low-socioeconomic backgrounds face considerable challenges that affect their health, happiness and achievement.

“For girls, growing up has never been more complicated. But there is a silver lining,” said Nancy Wright, CEO of GSGCNWI. “Research shows that girls thrive in places where their academic achievement is supported by activities such as Girl Scouts, which enhances their learning and skill development.”

During the event, select Girl Scouts shared testimonials about how the organization has improved their confidence, exposed them to a variety of leadership and educational opportunities and inspired them to give back to others.

“Through my involvement as a girl representative on the Girl Scout Board of Directors, as well as a myriad of other experiences I have had as a Girl Scout, I know that my voice matters,” said Aleena Ismail, a 17-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, at the opening of the event. “My actions matter. I know that even one person can make a difference.”

To view event highlights and learn more about how you can get involved in Girl Scouting, visit girlscoutsgcnwi.org.

Girl Scouts and Women’s Energy Summit Partner for Girl Power-Get Energized

Girl Scouts and Women’s Energy Summit Partner for Girl Power-Get Energized

Our girls had an electrifying time with the Women’s Energy Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology recently.

 

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Girl Scouts from our after-school GirlSpace program and local troops participated in Girl Power-Get Energized!, which featured energy- and electricity-based activities with female professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Participants also learned about fun and interesting careers with an interactive panel.

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Women with a variety of backgrounds shared personal and professional advice about what it takes to become successful in STEM; how to achieve work-life balance; the importance of grit and how to follow your passion.

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Many thanks to the Women’s Energy Summit and the Illinois Institute of Technology for planning such a wonderful event and to all of the volunteers for donating their time.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s upcoming programs and events, click here.

Celebrate the Girl Scouts’ Birthday By Giving Back

Celebrate the Girl Scouts’ Birthday By Giving Back

To celebrate 105 years of Girl Scouting, we’re giving back to the community.

Join us on March 12 at our Vernon Hills Gathering Place or March 14 at our Merrillville Gathering Place for this year’s Girl Scout Birthday Bash and service project to support newborn babies.

Bring a much-needed newborn item with you and receive an additional fun patch for your participation. Suggested donation items include clothing, non-perishable formula, bottles, and toys.

You can earn your Girl Scout Way badge, eat cake, and celebrate your favorite activity – Girl Scouts!

If you can’t attend the Birthday Bash, you’re more than welcome to work on the project on your own or with your troop.

For more information, click here and to learn about all of your programs and events visit gcnwiprograms.org.

Be Bold for Change on International Women’s Day

Be Bold for Change on International Women’s Day

Where would the world be without women?

It’s safe to say it would be a different place. Women have improved society and made their mark through their advancements, industriousness and inventiveness throughout time.

Would we be able to enjoy today’s technology without programming the first computers? Would 3,000 police officers have been saved from bullet wounds through the use of equipment reinforced with Kevlar? Would modern beauty and lifestyle brands be as successful if not for the the cutting-edge marketing of early entrepreneurs?

One thing is certain. Without women, there wouldn’t be Girl Scouts.

More than 100 years ago, a woman named Juliette Gordon Low saw fit that all girls should have a safe space to be themselves – a place where they could discover their strengths, passions and talents. And that place was (and still is!) Girl Scouts.

Some Girl Scout alumnae who’ve gone on to achieve great success are former

Secretaries of State Madeline Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became the first female presidential nominee of a major party. There’s also former US Attorney General Janet Reno, astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, as well as Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

These women changed the world through their actions, which is why on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, also known as International Women’s Day, we invite you take the lead like a Girl Scout and #BeBoldForChange.

While there are certainly many accomplishments to celebrate, there is still work to be done. According to staggering statistics from The State of the Girls report, more girls are living in poverty and low-income households today than 10 years ago.

This is significant because we know that these girls with a low-socioeconomic status face considerable challenges that affect their health, happiness and achievement.

But together, we can improve conditions for girls across the globe. Because when girls succeed, we all succeed.

Let us know how you plan to #BeBoldForChange by sharing your stories on social media.

With purposeful action, we can create a better world — a more equal world for women and girls.

Join Girl Scouts at G.I.R.L. 2017!

Join Girl Scouts at G.I.R.L. 2017!

You’re invited to the largest gathering of girls and women in the world—G.I.R.L. 2017!

What an exciting time to be a G.I.R.L.! This October, join us for the 54th National Council Session, an one-of-a-kind event for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to stand up, take charge and make the world a better place. You don’t need to be an official delegate to attend. Whether you’re an alumna, volunteer, staff, or just a big believer in all the amazing things Girl Scouts do, you’re invited to G.I.R.L. 2017!

We’re so looking forward to welcoming you to Columbus, Ohio, October 3–8, 2017. You won’t want to miss out on the events, incredible speakers and entertainers, influencers, leaders and policy makers from across the country and around the world who are joining us to celebrate and advocate on behalf of girls and women.

This is an extraordinary opportunity not to be missed. So don’t wait! This is your year to reunite with friends, deepen and share your knowledge of Girl Scouts, and help invigorate a global movement of girls, women and men around the theme, “Experience the Power of a G.I.R.L.”

Don’t delay! Learn more at www.girlscouts.org/girl2017.

Convention Video-Final from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

Girl Scouts Save the City in Journey World

Girl Scouts Save the City in Journey World

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.

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Girl Scouts shop for spy gear in the Journey World shop

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.

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Girl Scouts present Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk with the key to their Super Hero City

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.

Girl Scout Go-Getters: Empowering Girl Scouts One Step at a Time

Girl Scout Go-Getters: Empowering Girl Scouts One Step at a Time

When you run with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, you are empowering more than 52,000 girls! We have openings for individuals who are ready to grab their running shoes and fundraise on behalf of our girls.

Each runner is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 if you register prior to November 29 (after that date, the minimum increases to $1,500). We will be with you every step of the way to help you fundraise and get ready to run the 26.2 miles for Girl Scouts!

When you run with the Girl Scout Go-Getters on Sunday, October 8, 2017, you will receive:

* Free Guaranteed marathon entry and registration (Value of $195 US/$220 International)

* Free virtual and in-person training options with Chicago Endurance Sports

* Official Girl Scout Go-Getters team running shirt

* Customizable fundraising page to help reach your goal

* Access to team events, including a pre-race pasta dinner the night before the race

* Race day party for family and friends

* Fundraising prizes

Are you ready to run?

Contact Anna Seghetti at 312-912-6350 or aseghetti@girlscoutsgcnwi.org for more information or to register. You can also check out our team site at www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org/marathon.