Girl Scouts are working every day to make the world a better place, but what are we doing to make the world a better place for girls?
“The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends” report, released earlier this year, shows a need for greater investment in girls: investment of time, skills, knowledge and financial resources.
We believe change starts close to home, so Gateway Council hosted a community conversation to engage the local community and start making a plan for how we can all work together to improve the outlook for girls.
The panel consisted of Elaine Brown, mayor of Neptune Beach; Nicole Thomas of Baptist Health; and Imani Hope of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. They addressed questions about girls’ physical and emotional health, education, changing demographics and economics. Each panelist offered her unique perspective on the issues, but all agreed there are a few anyone can do to make the world a better place for girls: mentor, share and listen.
Girls need “exposure to successful women and to people who care about their community,” Brown said. “(We need to) share that you can be whatever you want to be.”
“Mentorship can look a lot of different ways,” said Imani Hope. “The biggest attribute is consistency and being a presence in someone’s life on a regular basis.”