Brooklyn is a fourth grader from Baltimore City who participated in the Girl Scout BFF (Be a Friend First) program in her elementary school.
Like many girls her age, Brooklyn has been bullied by her peers but she could never understand why it happened. Through BFF, Brooklyn was able to engage in the conversation about bullying with other girls her age. Over six weeks the girls practiced and developed skills for dealing with bullies in their school.
Since Brooklyn’s participation in the program, her mother firmly avows that it “has helped Brooklyn understand the why and the how of bullying,” and has given her the courage, confidence and character to stand up to bullies.
Recently, Brooklyn witnessed an incident in the hallway at school where a school mate was being picked on by peers. Because of her participation in GSCM’s BFF program, Brooklyn had the self-confidence to walk over to the bullies and stop them in the act. Afterward, Brooklyn reached out the girl who was being bullied and befriended her.
Way to be a friend first, Brooklyn! You rock and are a perfect example of what being a Girl Scout is all about!
Ms. Apple will be starting with GSCM on Monday, March 31, 2014.
A strong advocate for children, Violet M. Apple has been dedicated to the development and extension of services to girls for over 25 years. Her past performance and outstanding service to the Girl Scouts are not just noteworthy achievements, but have been her life’s work. She embraces the philosophy that the important work we do today will touch the future through the girls we serve and we will have indeed been the makers of history.
Violet has a thorough understanding of the complexities of delivering a safe, contemporary Girl Scout program to more than 40,000 girl members and values the critical role volunteers play in the delivery of services. She has had extensive experience working to align volunteer policies and practices, and integrating strategic initiatives, plans and programs into fundable projects. She has partnered with major corporations and funders such as the United Way, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Raytheon and Comcast to build program support for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Gold Award and STEM initiatives for girls.
Since 2008, Violet served as Chief Membership Services Officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, where she significantly increased membership in underserved communities. In prior years, she served as the Interim and Chief Operating Officer for Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the former Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council.
Throughout her career, Violet has worked extensively with underserved populations and was instrumental in developing programs that are award winning and now considered best practices. Her commitment and work included building inclusion programs with a special focus on serving girls with disabilities; children affected by AIDS; girls on probation and who resided in residential treatment homes; and girls incarcerated in juvenile facilities. She achieved parity in Girl Scout membership among African American and Latina/Hispanic girl membership in Pennsylvania and continued this work in Massachusetts.
Professionally, throughout a five-year span, she has co-presented leadership training for non-profit agency staff; co-presented for the Gateway Institute Training for science teachers through the Museum of Science in Boston, and was a guest presenter for GSUSA on the topics of advocacy and working with state congressional representatives. In 2011, Violet was named one of ten Thought Partners for Girl Scouts of the USA.
Her contribution to her local community further confirms her commitment to young people and their development. She has served in leadership positions on numerous non-profit boards including: Family Services, Arbor Place Community Center, Crispus Attucks Community Center and United Disabilities Council of Lancaster, PA. In 2013, Violet was asked to serve on the Board Development Committee for Hostelling International-USA. Violet has assisted in providing board members with professional development, strategic planning and diversity awareness training. A tireless community contributor, Violet has participated in capital campaigns and chaired major community fundraising events.
She has been recognized with the Fulton Opera House “Women Who Care Award”, the YWCA Racial Justice Award and by the Girls Scouts with the Thanks Badge for achievements in the community in support of Girl Scouts programs.
Violet holds a Master of Management degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
She is committed to making a difference in young people’s lives.
This video was created by Girl Scout Siena as part of her Gold Award project titled Bay Babies in Need: Understanding Poverty in Anne Arundel County.
The goal of her project was to supply emergency items to families with newborn babies through Food Link’s Emergency Baby Pantry program while increasing awareness on poverty in Anne Arundel County.
“Through this video, I hope to change the face of poverty so that we may be more tolerant of others in need. My goal is to have 30 Bay Babies In Need kits that will be filled by communities, churches, Girl Scout troops, and volunteers willing to help, and donate them to Food Link’s Emergency Baby Pantry.”
Way to go Siena! Your passion for helping and advocating for those in need has already made a difference in your community and we look forward to see the big things that you accomplish in your future!
On the evening of Tuesday, January 14, 2014, SU 665 celebrated a great leader. Lois Roberts received her 40 year GS pin, presented by GSCM’s Patricia A. Dash, Chief Development Officer, and Bonnie Cooney, Service Unit Manager. In the photo, Lois is wearing a shirt that reads, “Behind every Girl Scout is a GREAT leader!” So true!
Thank you, Lois, for 40 years of dedication to our organization!
We all know that in Girl Scouts, ordinary girls do extraordinary things. But what happens when they are all grown up? When there are no more troop meetings, no more investiture ceremonies, and no more cookie sales – what is a Girl Scout to do? The answer is quite simple really; they use the skills and lessons they learned and they continue to change the world in even bigger ways.
20-year-old Keirstin, Girl Scout Alumna and current nursing student at Stevenson University is living proof of this as she is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime to help those in need. Keirstin will be participating in a summer internship working in Tanzania, Africa at a Government Regional Hospital in a pediatric ward.
Keirstin attributes much of her success in school and in nursing to her experience as a Girl Scout. “My connection to Girl Scouts starts with me being a Brownie in first grade,” said Keirstin. Once she began Girl Scouts, Keirstin loved it; she continued Girl Scouting throughout her childhood and later went on to receive her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Throughout her time as a Girl Scout Keirstin learned many things that she continues to apply in her life today. “The lessons I have learned from being a Girl Scout are invaluable…Girl Scouts has taught me how to be a responsible leader, how to manage time, how to adapt to my environment, how to set goals and reach them, and how to help those in need.”
The goal setting that was instilled in Keristen while completing her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, has taught her to dream big, and she has done just that. A goal that she has set for herself is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and eventually open a clinic for underprivileged children so they can acquire the proper healthcare that they need. “In order to achieve this goal I want to learn as much as possible, and I recently found a way to do so,” Keirstin said.
This is where her summer internship comes in. During the internship Keirstin will have the opportunity to apply all of the skills that she learned from Girl Scouts and will gain the advanced experience she needs to reach her goals.
The internship, which has been coordinated through an organization called Work the World, involves traveling to Tanzania, Africa for five weeks at the end of May. “A summer spent on a project like this can be invaluable. Few other environments can top this in developing critical nursing skills, leadership skills, and learning about the culture, while having the wonderful opportunity of helping the less fortunate,” said Keirstin.
In addition to working in a hospital, Keirstin will be participating in the village health care experience which will give her the opportunity to live with a family of the Maasai tribe for the last week of the internship. “I am going to, fully submerse myself in that culture and in my free time during this internship I will have the opportunity to learn Swahili.”
Wow, what an exciting experience! We wish you the best of luck in your travels and in your work Keirstin! We know that you will achieve all of your goals and we can’t wait to catch up with you when you return!
Follow Keirstin’s journey at myjourney2tanzania.blogspot.com
General Motors has picked a woman as its next CEO, naming product development chief Mary Barra as the first female head of a major U.S. car company.
Mary Barra’s promotion will help shatter pernicious auto-industry stereotypes about gender while putting the company in the hands of someone who cares deeply about cars.
1. She is the first female CEO in the automotive industry
This is such an amazing step for women in the workforce and especially for women in STEM with C-suite aspirations. As stated by Girl Scout of Citrus “the glass ceiling just got a little thinner!”
2. She began at General Motors when she was 18 as a student co-op
Barra studied electrical engineering at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and sought out the co-op to help pay her tuition. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Science, at Kettering University and Masters of Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
3. She keeps an Albert Einstein bobble-head on her desk
This is a fun one. According to a BusinessWeek article, Barra won the bobble-head in a competition with coworkers at GM.
4. She is a CEO and is also married with two children
We often hear that to be a career woman you will have to choose between your family or your career; Barra shows that is is possible to have and be successful in both!
5. She was listed as #35 in the The Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
After being named number 41 in 2012, Barra moved up in rank this past May. The list is comprised of ”women that go beyond the traditional taxonomy of the power elite. These change-agents are actually shifting our very idea of clout and authority and, in the process, transforming the world in fresh and exhilarating ways.” – Forbes.com
6. She likes motivating young girls to go into math and science
This past april, Barra visited an elementary school in Detroit where third-graders were working on a science project demonstrating wind power. While there, Barra gave a talk about the importance of studying and then joined in on the fun of paper sailboats powered by electric fans.
7. She’s not afraid to challenge tradition
This is evident from the fact that she decided to go into the car world – a man’s world – as a woman, but on a sillier note, according to an article from The Daily Beast, earlier in her career, Barra was in Human Resources for GM. While in this position she made the decision to allow employees to wear jeans to work. A seemingly small decision that raised a few eyebrows (and a lot of complaints) at this traditional workplace. Still, Barra stood by her decision and said that she trusted the employees to dress appropriately.
Congratulations and thanks to you, Mary Barra for paving the way for women in your field, and in others. We wish you the best of luck in your position!
Keep up with Mary Barra on Twitter! twitter.com/mtbarra