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Girl Scouts Advocacy Network
The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we 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 moving through Congress and state legislatures.
Be the Voice For Girls
In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, which regulates how federal funds can be spent by states and local school districts. Girl Scouts worked with other nonprofit, youth-serving organizations to request that Congress include language encouraging local school districts to engage community-based groups, such as Girl Scouts, in providing low income and disadvantaged students out-of-school programs in the areas of STEM, financial literacy, bullying prevention, and environmental education that complement in-class instruction. We’re thrilled to say that this language was included.
This new block grant could result in a new opportunity for Girl Scout councils to partner with their local school districts in the areas of STEM, financial literacy, bullying prevention, and environmental education to ensure that girls receive a well-rounded education and the skills they need to succeed.
Girl Scout programs complement girls’ education. Research from the Girl Scout Research Institute suggests that Girl Scout factors influence girls’ academic success as much as (and sometimes more than) non-Girl Scout factors. The research indicates:
In the upcoming months, it will be up to Congress to determine how much funding this new block grant will receive. Despite being authorized at $1.65 billion, the block grant has seen significant funding barriers from lawmakers. The Senate’s proposal only allocates $300 million for the Title IV, Part A, while the House’s allocation would provide $1 billion, both falling far short of the authorized level. If underfunded, school districts would be prevented from investing in meaningful areas of education, such as STEM, financial literacy, bullying prevention, and outdoor education.
Take Action to join us now by sending a message to your members of Congress, urging them fund Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act and support girls’ well-rounded education in schools. ...
This week in Congress, a resolution was introduced celebrating Girl Scouts’ 104th birthday and the centennial the highest award in Girl Scouts. We urge you to reach out to your members of Congress to cosponsor the legislation and show their support for Girl Scouts in your state and around the country. ...