Posts Tagged ‘Girls’

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Having It All

May 6, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Girls today reflect a new generation of financially empowered and independent citizens. An overwhelming majority of girls feel gender is not a barrier to what they can accomplish financially. But is the world ready to support today’s girls?

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As it now stands, students receive little financial education at school and have repeatedly failed broad tests measuring their mastery of basic personal finance and economic concepts. Just 14 states require high schools to offer a course in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education, and even fewer require students to take such a course in order to graduate.

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In an ever-changing economy and world, financial skills are leadership skills. As the premier leadership organization for girls, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines helps girls build financial experience, confidence, and independence by providing them with resources focused on everything from saving money, developing strong credit, and minimizing debt, to philanthropic giving and financing their dreams.

Women now represent half of the workforce in the United States, and more than half of the country’s college students and graduates are women. Thus, the potential for women to hold leadership positions in business, entertainment, academia, and politics is high.

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But while progress has been made, there is still a shortage of women in leadership roles. As of 2012, women made up 18.3 percent of the U.S. Congress, and 23.4 percent of statewide elective executive offices. Only 3.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were women, and women made up 16.6 percent of corporate boards.

Girl Scouts is committing to the financial empowerment of all girls. Our shift from simple fundraising to financial education has been underway for some time and continues to bolster the relevance of Girl Scouting to today’s girls. The current economic recession and resulting awareness of how important financial literacy is for all youth—especially girls—has given our approach a real charge.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy, girls are quite clear that they need and want financial literacy skills to help them achieve their dreams, with 90 percent saying it is important for them to learn how to manage money. However, just 12 percent of girls surveyed feel confident in making financial decisions.

It is up to all of us at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Pines to ensure today’s girls are developing the financial savvy, business skills, and innovative thinking that will position them to be leaders in their own lives and in the world at large.

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Please join us in helping girls be prepared for their futures.

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Braving the Storm with Courage, Confidence and Character

April 9, 2013

By: Allison Winans, Program and Volunteer Services Executive

Troop 1358 PICWhat would Girl Scouts be without camping?  The two go hand in hand and to imagine Girl Scouting without camping, would be like imagining a s’more without the chocolate—that’s just crazy!

Through camping and outdoor experiences, girls are building courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place and Girl Scout Troop #1358 did exactly that on a trip last year.  As these wonderful young ladies gear up for another spring season of camping and outdoor fun, it is only natural to reflect on the knowledge and skills they built this past summer on a troop outing to Washington, D.C.

It was in early June, the perfect weekend to camp. That perfect weekend quickly turned when a severe storm approached their campground.  The Girl Scouts of Troop #1358 quickly sprang into action to act with a clear head during the storm.  Despite the threat of the storm, the girls stayed calm, cool and collected—even assisting other camp ground visitors find shelter from the storm.  The storm that rolled through the Washington, D.C. area that weekend was compared to the strength of a category 1 hurricane with winds in the 80 mile per hour range!

Their story, I promise, is truly inspirational.  Great job Troop 1358!  Your ability to have courage, confidence and character in an emergency situation is truly admirable.

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