On June 3, 2019, GSUSA and the Clinton Foundation hosted, “Civics Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Informed and Engaged Citizens.” The nonpartisan event was an opportunity for community leaders, public officials, and education experts to consider how out-of-school civics programs, like Girl Scouts, can play a vital role in preparing the next generation to be involved citizens with a deeper understanding of their government. GSUSA Board President Kathy Hannan and CEO Sylvia Acevedo were joined by Chelsea Clinton of the Clinton Foundation, Laura Dove-Republican Secretary of the US Senate, other public officials, and Girl Scouts from the greater New York area. GSNNJ Girl Scouts Emily, Ella, and Amanda represented our council at the discussion.
Girl Scout Emily said of the event, “This was truly inspiring. New York State Attorney General Letitia James was my favorite speaker of the day. She was clearly deeply passionate about the subject matter and was one of the most human politicians I have ever heard speak. I found myself genuinely emotional at some points during the panel, and it really filled me with so much passion and love for the community Girl Scouts has provided me with.”
Her mom noted, “For those leaders with Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies that think Girl Scouts is all about arts and crafts, I just want to let you know that being a Girl Scout is much more. My daughter was invited to attend this Civics Education panel discussion alongside these leaders. Knowing how government works is the first step to empowering individuals to stand up for issues they care about in their communities, in their states, and nationally. With new civics education and democracy programming for Girl Scouts coming out in 2020, it's so important to keep at it and encourage your girls to earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards!”