As the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, Girl Scouts of the USA is aware that, as an organization, we are the Voice for Girls in our communities, the media and policy-making institutions. Through the GSUSA Public Policy & Advocacy Office in Washington, D.C., Girl Scout members and volunteers can join the effort to raise more voices on behalf of girls and the challenges they face.
At the National Level:
Girl Scouts of the USA's advocacy efforts help demonstrate to lawmakers that Girl Scouts is a resource and an authority on issues affecting girls. Based on almost 100 years of experience and developed from extensive research, the Girl Scout Public Policy and Advocacy Office:
- Encourages healthy living through combating relational aggression and promoting girl-positive media images;
- Promotes girls' involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM);
- Gives a voice to girls in underserved communities;
- Ensures girls feel emotionally and physically safe;
- Prevents youth violence in communities; and
- Develops financial literacy skills through programs like the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program.
Join the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network:
The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become the voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Girl Scout members, volunteers, boards, staff and supporters can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues that are moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Sign up today at www.girlscouts4girls.org and begin to take action. Through this network, you can use your voice and encourage your Members of Congress to support legislation that will directly impact girls and Girl Scouts.