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Girl Leadership Benefits for the Next Century

 

 

What do the Girl Scout Leadership Benefits mean to you?

 

  • Girls gain Leadership Benefits through program and service delivery
  • They are the desired outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • Leadership Benefits impact girls and their overall communities

 

Leadership Benefits create new knowledge, increase skills, change attitudes or values, modify behavior and improve overall condition. Every experience in Girl Scouting is geared to help girls develop their full potential through three essential keys to girl leadership − Discover, Connect and Take Action.

 

These three keys to leadership relate to specific, measureable outcomes that focus on changes in behaviors, skills and attitudes. These outcomes bring the Girl Scout mission to life by helping build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

 

What are the 15 Girl Scout Leadership Benefits/Outcomes?

 

Discover

Connect

Take Action

Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Girls develop healthy relationships.

Girls can identify community needs.

Girls develop positive values.

Girls promote cooperation and team building.

Girls are resourceful problem solvers.

Girls gain practical life skills.

Girls can resolve conflicts.

Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally.

Girls seek challenges in the world.

Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world.

Girls educate and inspire others to act.

Girls develop critical thinking.

Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally.

Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.

 

 

Why are Leadership Benefits important?

           

  • They help us understand how Girl Scouting is impacting girls.
  • They help funders and community partners understand the importance of supporting Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and why it is a sound investment.
  • They help us improve our programs for girls and evolve to meet their ever-changing needs.
  • They help us recruit more girls and volunteers by showing the community the positive impact of Girl Scouting.
  • They help change girls’ lives and build a better society.

 

 

How can we ensure each girl receives these Leadership Benefits?

 

Use the National Program Portfolio, which includes The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the Leadership Journeys series. The three Journeys series are It's Your Story – Tell It!, It's Your Planet – Love It! and It's Your World – Change It! Also, you can teach the skills during pathways and program opportunities.

 

How does GSSJC measure the Girl Scout Leadership Benefits?

 

  • Program and service evaluations (paper and online surveys)
  • Observation of pathways opportunities
  • Outreach programs
  • Day camps
  • Council-run events and programs
  • Volunteer Development learning events
  • Trainings implementation
  • Girl and volunteer voice/testimony

 

What results do we look at from the surveys?

 

Each year Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) conducts an annual survey of both girls and adults to measure the leadership outcomes girls are achieving through our programs and point us toward future improvements. All 15 outcomes were measured to give us a sample of what the girls are receiving from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).  We have chosen to highlight one outcome each from Discover, Connect, and Take Action.

 

Discover 1:       Girls develop a strong sense of self. 

Connect 2:       Girls promote cooperation and team building.

Take Action 4: Girls educate and inspire others to act.

 

GSSJC employs multiple surveys using questions and statements that are age-appropriate and align to the programs’ intended benefits. The statements change by Girl Scout level and show progression. A Girl Scout Daisy will answer more simplistic statements, while a Girl Scout Ambassador would demonstrate achievement of complicated concepts. Some examples from Discover 1, “Develop a strong sense of self” include:

 

Brownie:         “I can do almost anything if I really try.”

Cadette:          “I speak up for what is right, even when I am afraid.”

 

From the results, 84% of girls indicate they have confidence in themselves and their abilities, feel they are able to achieve their goals, and form positive personal, social, and cultural identities.

 

From Connect 2 “Girls promote cooperation and team building” example questions include:

 

Daisy:              “When I’m in a group, I listen when other kids talk.”

Senior:            “I am willing to discuss other peoples’ ideas, even when their ideas are very different from mine.”

 

From the results, 91% of girls indicate they recognize the value of working together and learn to make decisions that benefit the whole group.

 

Some example questions from Take Action 4: “Girls educate and inspire others to act” include:

 

Junior:             “I take what I learn in Girl Scouts and use it in other places, like at   home, with friends, or at school.”

Ambassador:  “To end discrimination against women, women and girls must work together to change laws and public opinion.”

 

From the results, 94% of girls indicate they learn to effectively explain their ideas to others and motivate them to get involved in community service and action.

 

Where are we today with the Girl Leadership Experience Benefits?

 

Girl Scouting helps girls lead with courage, confidence and character in an ever-changing world. Today’s Girl Scouts grow up to take the lead when it comes to their families, careers and communities.

 

In fact, two-thirds of our nation’s female leaders in government and business were once Girl Scouts. Sadly, however, 85% of the officers and directors of Fortune 500 companies are male and very few have a female CEO, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute.

 

Together, we change these statistics! Girl Scout has remained relevant for the last 100 years because it is based on values the world will always need… and girls need us now more than ever.

 

The Girl Scout Research Institute was formed in 2000 and conducts original research, evaluation, and outcomes measurement studies, to provide feedback and relevant outcomes on our programs, inform public policy and advocate for Girl Scouting.  In addition they release critical facts and findings, and provide resources essential for the advancement of the well-being and safety of girls living in today’s world.  To find out more about the vital research that they are conducting you can visit : http://www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/

 

 

Did you know?

 

In our Council: 

·       93% of girls who completed the GS Community Outreach Series last year said they can now use pros and cons to make better decisions.

·       96% of girls who completed the GS Community Outreach Series last year said they can identify the warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.

 

Our girls become amazing women.

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