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GSNNJ Media Girls in Action

Our Media Girls team of Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders are the official girl faces and voices of our council. Media Girls receive special media training to be able to report on council and community events and share our stories with the Girl Scout community and the world. Here are some examples of their work.

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GSNNJ Media Girls share and celebrate Girl Scouts' Black History
NJ Spotlight Interview for Black History Month 2021

Our Girl Scouts are reminding people that Black history is an important part of the Girl Scout Movement. Correspondent Raven Santana of NJ Spotlight News interviewed a few of our Media Girls (Feb. 26, 2021) and reported on how members of our organization are telling the story of Black history as American history.

   

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Libby & Charlotte stock The Little Diverse Library for MLK Day 2021
The Little Diverse Library

On Martin Luther King Day 2021, GSNNJ Media Girls Libby and Charlotte took part in a day of service by stocking The Little Diverse Library in their town with books featuring diverse authors, characters, and storylines that emphasize representation. “The idea to create a lending library devoted to diverse books was a part of our Silver Award project and our community has rallied around this concept,” the girls tell us. “We held a diverse book donation drive at the local elementary schools and reached out to publishers for donations. So far, we have collected over 200 books and we post about new additions to the library on our Little Diverse Library's Instagram page: @littlediverselibrary.”
 

   

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Kathryn explores Black Excellence in Girl Scouts for Black History Month 2021
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GSNNJ Media Girl Kathryn has been researching and discovering some interesting facts about influential Black leaders and historical changes made in the Girl Scout Movement. Check out her weekly Black Excellence in Girl Scouts video series featured here and on our social media platforms throughout the month. 

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Kalia sends good wishes for the Lunar New Year!
Lunar New Year 2021

GSNNJ Media Girl Kalia, on behalf of our staff, wishes you good health and prosperity for the Lunar New Year! She tells us, “This year’s Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, falls on Feb. 12 and lasts for two weeks until the Lantern Festival. It is a time to celebrate the start of a new year and people around the world celebrate this important holiday. There are many customs and traditions including giving money to others in a 红包 (red envelope), watching lion dances, lighting fireworks, cleaning the house, wearing red (represents luck and happiness), honoring elders, and eating with family. Each year is represented by one of twelve animals, the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. This tradition came from an ancient legend in which a race was held and in the order that the animals finished, would be the years they represent. This cycle of animals repeats every 12 years. I am the Year of the Dog and this year is the Year of the Ox.”
 

    

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Sofia Highlights a Peacebuilder for World Thinking Day 2021
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In honor of World Thinking Day 2021, GSNNJ Media Girl Sofia interviewed her favorite peacebuilder (and aunt). She tells us, "The Girl Scouts organization has celebrated World Thinking Day since 1926. On Feb. 22, 2021, ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide are celebrating what it means to be a peacebuilder. With that in mind, I interviewed my aunt and peacebuilder hero, Bailey Frank." Bailey has worked with Teach For America and will be working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  

Interview with Peacebuilder Bailey Frank
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Making the World a More Equitable Place for All: Bailey Frank

Bailey Frank makes decisions in her life that are focused on making a positive change in the world. Being called a peacebuilder may seem like a lot of responsibility but she is up for the challenge. “Every time I have to make a decision I think about the value that I am adding to the world,” she says, “I think that it’s important for people to consider compassion and kindness and make the world better in every way they can.”

Bailey started her journey to become a peacebuilder in college when she studied human rights and war crimes at Georgetown University as an International Politics major. She was affected by how violence ruins people’s lives. “When I went abroad to study in Russia, I made the connection between human violence and animal violence,” she remembers. “I decided that I want to make sure that I don’t cause harm whenever possible.” She made the decision to become vegan when she visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. “When I went on a tour of Auschwitz I learned that a lot of what they did to the prisoners in the concentration camp was modeled after what was typically done to animals in industry farms.”

After college Bailey went to work for Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit organization that encourages future leaders to make education equal for all. Bailey taught 5th Grade math in a school in Mississippi. She explained that Mississippi is ranked 49th in the United States in education. There are a lot of educational issues there and the educational system is not very strong. “I went to teach at a school where they were trying to solve those issues. Often in Mississippi classes have 30-40 students but at the school Bailey taught in they had smaller classes. “I tried to make sure that the students in my school got an education they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.”

What did this experience teach her? “My time with TFA taught me that a lot of what I have in life is because of where I was born and that I am very lucky. While I have worked hard, a big part of the reason I have a good life and education is because of where I started.”

Duke Law School was the next step on Bailey’s peacebuilder journey. She recalls that she always knew that she liked the idea of going to law school but she wasn’t sure how that would make the world a better place. So, she started to read about animal law and learned how she could help to protect animals through the law. “It doesn’t pay a lot but it is something I am passionate about.”

This summer Bailey will be interning at the Animal Legal Defense Fund in California. She explained that she will be doing litigation which means that she will be working on lawsuits. A lot of the times when people hurt animals and get into trouble the animal needs someone to be a lawyer. For example, if a farmer abuses a cow, Bailey will be able to help figure out what will happen to the farmer that abused the cow and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

“A lot of the time the law favors people who have money or education and everyone deserves protection. I want to be a lawyer that makes a difference and hopefully changes the law to make it better and make it fair for everyone – people and animals.” Now, that’s what I call a peacebuilder!

Q: Were you ever a Girl Scout?
A: I was a Girl Scout. I was President of my Girl Scout troop. Being a Girl Scout was a good way to learn how to be friends with a lot of different kinds of people. My Girl Scout troop included people outside of my school so it wasn’t necessarily the people I would have been friends with. Girl Scouts helped me to form a sense of community.

Q: What is your favorite cookie that you like the most?
A: Thin mints because they are vegan!
 

   

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Isabella is interviewed for Jersey Matters segment
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Girl Scout Cookies and Palm Oil

In January 2021, GSNNJ Media Girl Isabella was interviewed by New Jersey Network for a Jersey Matters segment, alongside GSNNJ CEO Betty Garger. Isabella answered questions about the use of palm oil in our Girl Scout Cookies, and explained that our baker's (Little Brownie Baker) palm oil was ranked the most sustainable in the industry by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

   

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Bella explains the celebration of Purim
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Media Girl Bella tells us Purim is the Jewish holiday in which Jews commemorate being saved from persecution in the ancient Persian Empire. Learn more about the customs surrounding Purim celebrations from Bella…

Happy Purim 2021! (video)